Hevina Dashwood

Professor, Political Science

BA (Toronto)
MA (McGill)
PhD (Toronto)

Office: Plaza 337
905-688-5550 x3894

Hevina S. Dashwood is Professor of Political Science at Brock University, Canada. Dashwood’s research is focused on private global governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and global norms dissemination as reflected in her book: The Rise of Global Corporate Social Responsibility: Mining and the Spread of Global Norms (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She has published widely on CSR adoption on the part of global mining companies, including their participation in multi-stakeholder partnerships and global governance initiatives.

Dashwood’s current research examines the local adoption in resource-rich countries of global standards designed to improve governance of the natural resource sector. She is Principal Investigator of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded research project on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In collaboration with academics based in Canada, Nigeria and Ghana, the project explores why implementation of EITI in Ghana and Nigeria has not led to developmental benefits for local mining communities.

Teaching Awards: 2012, 2016 and 2020: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for Excellence in Teaching

Area of specialization:

  • Private global governance
  • Global norms dissemination
  • Natural resource governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • International development
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • The Rise of Global Corporate Social Responsibility:  Mining and the Spread of Global Norms, (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Hevina S. Dashwood (primary author), Uwafiokun Idemudia, Bill Buenar Puplampu and Kernaghan Webb “The Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI): The path from data disclosure to community accountability”, The Extractive Industries and Society, Vol. 10, pp. 1-8, Available online under Open Access License:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2022.10106
  • Hevina S. Dashwood (primary author), Uwafiokun Idemudia, Bill Buenar Puplampu and Kernaghan Webb “The Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI) and local institutions in Ghana’s mining communities: Challenges in understanding barriers to accountability”, Development Policy Review. Available online under Open Access License: https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12606. Print edition to be published in Vol. 40, Issue 5, 2022.
  • “The Rise of Global Corporate Social Responsibility as a Norm Informing the Practices of Economic Actors”, in Hannes Hansen-Magnusson and Antje Vetterlein, eds., Responsibility in World Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 167-187.
  • “Multistakeholder Partnerships:  Community Development in the Extractive Sector”, in Matthias Hofferberth, ed., Corporate Actors in Global Governance:  Business as Usual or New Deal?, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2019, pp. 75-102.
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility in Fragile and Stable States: Dilemmas and Opportunities in South Sudan and Ghana”, in Michael Carol and Gregory Donaghy, eds., Canadian Engagement with Failed and Fragile States in Historical Perspective, University of Calgary Press, 2016,  207-235. Link
  • Hevina S. Dashwood (principal author) and Bill Buenar Puplampu, “Multistakeholder Partnerships in Mining in Ghana:  From Engagement to Development”, in Andrew Grant and Tim Shaw (eds.) New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa, (Palgrave-Macmillan), 2015, 131-153.
  • “Sustainable Development and Industry Self-Regulation:  Developments in the Global Mining Sector”Business and Society, published on-line February 18, 2013: , print edition: June 24, 2014:  Vol. 43(4): 551-582. doi:10.1177/0007650313475997