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Katherine works for Oxfam Scotland as Research and Policy Officer for UK Poverty, undertaking work focusing on poverty in the UK. Prior to this she led the Wise Group's research and policy efforts and developed their social auditing process whereby the organisation accounts for its social, environmental and economic impact.
From 2005 to 2008 Katherine was a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow where she remains an Honorary Research Fellow. Her work there included analysis of community development, corporate social responsibility and social housing.
Katherine has a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University. Her thesis considered techniques utilised by Aboriginal communities to compel mining companies to recognise and respond to community demands. She retains a strong interest in community leverage over companies and has published widely on such matters, including models to assess the impact of companies on communities.
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