Dr Ainsley Elbra

BEc BBA MIR Macquarie PhD Sydney


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Biographical details

Ainsley Elbra is a researcher in the field of international political economy. Her work focuses on globalisation, private governance and business-state relations. Ainsley's PhD research examined private governance as a solution to Africa's resource curse. She has published on the power of finance post-GFC and is currently co-leading a research project on multinational corporate tax avoidance, focusing on voluntary governance solutions and firms' responses to calls for greater tax transparency. Her research has been recognised by the Australian International Political Economy Network, which awarded her the inaugural Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize in 2015.

Ainsley is the author of Governing African Gold Mining: Private governance and the resource curse (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her research has also been published in Business and Politics, Global Policy, The Extractive Industries and Society and Resources Policy. Ainsley has degrees in business and economics and a Master of International Relations from Macquarie University. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her research is informed by her previous experience working as a corporate banker with a top-tier Australian bank.

Research interests

  • Constructivist International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Private Governance
  • Resource Politics
  • Business-State Relations
  • Corporate Tax Avoidance

Current projects

  • Paying Their Fair Share? Business, civil society and the 'new' politics of corporate tax justice
  • Private Governance in the Extractives Sector
  • The Power of Mining Firms and Corporate Tax Avoidance in Australia and Canada

Awards and honours

  • Australian International Political Economy Network Richard Higgott Prize 2015
  • International Political Science Association Stein Rokkan Award 2014

Selected grants

2018

  • Catching capital: Understanding and influencing corporate tax strategy; Elbra A, Krever R, Mikler J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Elbra, A. (2017). Governing African Gold Mining: Private governance and the resource curse. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Eccleston, R., Elbra, A. (2018). Business, Civil Society and the 'New' Politics of Tax Justice: Paying a Fair Share?. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Elbra, A. (2018). Activism and the 'New' Politics of tax Justice. In Richard Eccleston, Ainsley Elbra (Eds.), Business, Civil Society and the 'New' Politics of Tax Justice: Paying a Fair Share?, (pp. 68-88). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2018). Paying a 'Fair Share': Multinational Corporations' Perspectives on Taxation. In Richard Eccleston, Ainsley Elbra (Eds.), Business, Civil Society and the 'New' Politics of Tax Justice: Paying a Fair Share?, (pp. 155-176). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A. (2018). The Rise of Tax Justice NGOs and the New Politics of Corporate Taxation. In Aynsley Kellow, Hannah Murphy-Gregory (Eds.), Handbook of Research NGOs, (pp. 240-257). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]

Journals

  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A., Murphy-Gregory, H. (2019). Defending harmful tax practices: mining companies' responses to the Australian Senate Inquiry into tax avoidance. Australian Journal of Political Science, 54(2), 238-254. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A., Mikler, J. (2017). Paying a "Fair Share": Multinational Corporations' Perspectives on Taxation. Global Policy, 8(2), 181-190. [More Information]
  • Mikler, J., Rajendra, S., Elbra, A. (2016). Perceptions of the global financial crisis in the US, UK, Canada and Australia: a comparative editorial analysis of the legitimacy of finance. Business and Politics, 18(1), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A. (2014). Gold mining in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards private sector governance. The Extractive Industries and Society, 1(2), 216-224. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A. (2014). Interests need not be pursued if they can be created: private governance in African gold mining. Business and Politics, 16(2), 247-266. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A. (2013). The forgotten resource curse: South Africa's poor experience with mineral extraction. Resources Policy, 38(4), 549-557. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2018). Defending Harmful Tax Practices: Multinational Corporations. 25th IPSA World Conference of Political Science, Brisbane: International Political Science Association.
  • Elbra, A. (2017). Civil Society and the Emergence of the New Politics of Tax Justice. European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Oslo, Norway: European Consortium for Political Research. [More Information]
  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2017). Multinational Corporations' Perspectives on Taxation. 3rd International Conference on Public Policy, Singapore: International Public Policy Association (IPPA).
  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2016). Paying a Fair Share: Global Corporations versus National Taxation Regulations. Sixth Biennial Conference of the Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research, Tilburg, The Netherlands: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2015). Corporations Strategies and Perspectives on a Global Taxation Regime. 2nd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP 2015), Milan: International Public Policy Association (IPPA).
  • Elbra, A. (2015). Empirical Developments in Voluntary Global Corporate Taxation Initiatives. 2nd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP 2015), Milan: International Public Policy Association (IPPA).
  • Mikler, J., Rajendra, S., Elbra, A. (2015). Perceptions of the Global Financial Crisis in the US, UK, Canada and Australia: A Comparative Editorial Analysis of the Legitimacy of Finance. ISA 56th Annual Convention 2015, New Orleans: ISA.
  • Elbra, A. (2014). Agenda Setting and Private Governance in sub-Saharan Africa�s Gold Mining Industries. IPSA World Conference of Political Science, Montreal, Canada.
  • Mikler, J., Rajendra, S., Elbra, A. (2014). The Discursive Power of Finance in Liberal Market Economies Since the Global Financial Crisis. IPSA World Conference of Political Science, Montreal, Canada.

2019

  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A., Murphy-Gregory, H. (2019). Defending harmful tax practices: mining companies' responses to the Australian Senate Inquiry into tax avoidance. Australian Journal of Political Science, 54(2), 238-254. [More Information]

2018

  • Elbra, A. (2018). Activism and the 'New' Politics of tax Justice. In Richard Eccleston, Ainsley Elbra (Eds.), Business, Civil Society and the 'New' Politics of Tax Justice: Paying a Fair Share?, (pp. 68-88). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Eccleston, R., Elbra, A. (2018). Business, Civil Society and the 'New' Politics of Tax Justice: Paying a Fair Share?. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2018). Defending Harmful Tax Practices: Multinational Corporations. 25th IPSA World Conference of Political Science, Brisbane: International Political Science Association.
  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2018). Paying a 'Fair Share': Multinational Corporations' Perspectives on Taxation. In Richard Eccleston, Ainsley Elbra (Eds.), Business, Civil Society and the 'New' Politics of Tax Justice: Paying a Fair Share?, (pp. 155-176). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A. (2018). The Rise of Tax Justice NGOs and the New Politics of Corporate Taxation. In Aynsley Kellow, Hannah Murphy-Gregory (Eds.), Handbook of Research NGOs, (pp. 240-257). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]

2017

  • Elbra, A. (2017). Civil Society and the Emergence of the New Politics of Tax Justice. European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Oslo, Norway: European Consortium for Political Research. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A. (2017). Governing African Gold Mining: Private governance and the resource curse. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2017). Multinational Corporations' Perspectives on Taxation. 3rd International Conference on Public Policy, Singapore: International Public Policy Association (IPPA).
  • Elbra, A., Mikler, J. (2017). Paying a "Fair Share": Multinational Corporations' Perspectives on Taxation. Global Policy, 8(2), 181-190. [More Information]

2016

  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2016). Paying a Fair Share: Global Corporations versus National Taxation Regulations. Sixth Biennial Conference of the Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research, Tilburg, The Netherlands: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
  • Mikler, J., Rajendra, S., Elbra, A. (2016). Perceptions of the global financial crisis in the US, UK, Canada and Australia: a comparative editorial analysis of the legitimacy of finance. Business and Politics, 18(1), 1-25. [More Information]

2015

  • Mikler, J., Elbra, A. (2015). Corporations Strategies and Perspectives on a Global Taxation Regime. 2nd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP 2015), Milan: International Public Policy Association (IPPA).
  • Elbra, A. (2015). Empirical Developments in Voluntary Global Corporate Taxation Initiatives. 2nd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP 2015), Milan: International Public Policy Association (IPPA).
  • Mikler, J., Rajendra, S., Elbra, A. (2015). Perceptions of the Global Financial Crisis in the US, UK, Canada and Australia: A Comparative Editorial Analysis of the Legitimacy of Finance. ISA 56th Annual Convention 2015, New Orleans: ISA.

2014

  • Elbra, A. (2014). Agenda Setting and Private Governance in sub-Saharan Africa�s Gold Mining Industries. IPSA World Conference of Political Science, Montreal, Canada.
  • Elbra, A. (2014). Gold mining in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards private sector governance. The Extractive Industries and Society, 1(2), 216-224. [More Information]
  • Elbra, A. (2014). Interests need not be pursued if they can be created: private governance in African gold mining. Business and Politics, 16(2), 247-266. [More Information]
  • Mikler, J., Rajendra, S., Elbra, A. (2014). The Discursive Power of Finance in Liberal Market Economies Since the Global Financial Crisis. IPSA World Conference of Political Science, Montreal, Canada.

2013

  • Elbra, A. (2013). The forgotten resource curse: South Africa's poor experience with mineral extraction. Resources Policy, 38(4), 549-557. [More Information]

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