Priya Bala-Miller’s interests focus on the social impact of global businesses and capital markets. Her PhD research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), analyses the impact of shareholder engagement with companies that operate in “governance grey zones” such as conflict-affected areas and emerging economies.
Priya’s research project draws inspiration from her academic and practical experience as a passionate advocate for corporate accountability, transparency and social responsibility over past 14 years. In addition to authoring numerous policy reports on sustainability topics, Priya has published work in the Journal for Sustainable Finance and Investment and Consumer Policy Review. Priya is currently a Research Assistant for the Responsible Investing Initiative at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation at Carleton University.
Following her undergraduate studies in Political Science, she interned and subsequently consulted for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division for Technology, Industry and Economics in Paris, France. In her next role as Senior Policy Officer at an international consumer rights organization in the UK, she led global research and campaigns calling for increased corporate social responsibility in a variety of industry sectors and provided technical assistance to governments and NGOs on mainstreaming sustainable development policies. During this time, she completed an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, where her dissertation examined the role of companies in the trade of conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In addition to her graduate studies, Priya previously functioned as the International Program Director at SHARE, a leading Canadian provider of responsible investment services, where she coordinated global shareholder campaigns and research on the integration of extra financial risks in the investment decisions of large institutional investors. More recently, she held the 2015 Jesse and Besty Fink Foundation Research Fellowship at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, where her expertise focused on how sustainability metrics could be integrated into mainstream financial analysis at the firm, industry and portfolio levels.
She also serves in a voluntary capacity as at the Coalition of Universities for Responsible Investing (CURI) and participates numerous professional networks including:
- Canadian Business Ethics Research Network
- United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network
- Globescan Sustainability Survey Experts Group
An online portfolio of Priya’s work, including an academic CV, teaching and research interests and a list of recent publications and presentations is available here.
Priya connects with professional colleagues through LinkedIn and tweets at @pbalamiller.