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Andrea Biswas Tortajada

PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Areas of expertise
  • Human rights
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Youth Employment and Participation
  • Sustainable development

PhD thesis


Title: The Polycentric Business of Human Rights

PhD Supervisor: James Hollway



Andrea took the decision to embark on the intellectual adventure that is a PhD after a long academic hiatus that took her to the underbelly of the UN system, the private sector, the government of Gujarat, and the research community in Mexico, Colombia, India, Singapore, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Switzerland. Andrea has a double major in Political Science and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her professional and personal energies are poured into ensuring the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Outside school, Andrea is greatly involved in improving food security for vulnerable communities in Geneva, promoting women’s rights, and is a competitive strength athlete and sports coach.


research interests


  • Human rights
  • Enhanced human dignity, especially related to corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Youth employment
  • Women's empowerment
  • Rural communities
  • Sustainable Development Goals