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Sofia Gonzalez de Aguinaga is a PhD student in the Department of International Development. Her research draws on institutional theory, theory of the firm, stakeholder signalling theory and behavioural theories to explore firm behaviour regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) schemes.

She has long been interested in the role of tourism in development, which led her to complete a master’s degree with merit in Tourism, Environment and Development at King's College London.

Her research, which started in 2014, is funded by the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). She was also awarded a small grant from the Mexican Ministry of Education (SEP) in 2015.


Thesis title: 'Why do Firms Join Voluntary National CSR Initiatives? Mexico's ESR programme'

Sofia is now exploring CSR as a potential mechanism for industry to benefit the wellbeing of its labour force, the environment and society. She is also interested in exploring the links between CSR and the regulatory framework in developing countries, as well as the role of the government in advancing CSR in developing countries.

PhD supervision

Further details

See Sofia's research profile