NWO-WOTRO grant for ABS researcher
Dr Michelle Westermann-Behaylo, Assistant Professor of International Management at the Amsterdam Business School (International Strategy and Marketing section), was recently awarded an NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development research grant.
The €500,000 grant will be used for an interdisciplinary (business and computer science) project to design accountability innovations aiming to improve responsible production in low and middle income countries with weak institutions.
The project will develop crowdsourcing-based technology to obtain reports of labour rights violations, environmental damage, or other irresponsible production in business supply chains in Africa, and develop methods to track those incidents over time to understand whether, when, and how the pursuit of justice and remedy occurs.
Additionally, a website will be developed using data visualization techniques to provide transparency about business violations and remedies through real-time public access to the reports.
The project will increase transparency, allowing stakeholders such as practitioners, civil society activists, and community organizers to assess the impacts of irresponsible production and labour violations. It will also promote stakeholder dialogue to hold businesses accountable to provide remedy and justice for vulnerable individuals and communities impacted by business supply chains in Africa.
Westermann-Behaylo is the principal investigator of the project and she will collaborate with Marcel Worring, Professor of Data science for Business Analytics at the Amsterdam Business School. The project will run for a period of four years starting in 2018.
About NWO WOTRO
The aim of NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) WOTRO Science for Global Development is to increase the generation, dissemination and utilisation of high-quality knowledge and groundbreaking ideas. Research is conducted to enhance knowledge synergy for development and strengthen research capacity in developing countries.