Area of Expertise
Globalization; development; environment; NGOs; International Organizations; corporate social responsibility; responsible trade and investment; child labor and de facto “slave labor”; "anti-globalization"
Robin Broad came to AU with a wide range of professional experiences – from international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department to work with civil-society organizations in the Philippines. Broad established the International Development Program’s curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability. She is the author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). She is faculty advisor to such student organizations as Amnesty International and the Fair Trade Student Association, she has served or is serving on the boards of directors of Rugmark (now called GoodWeave), the Bank Information Center, Food First, and the Philippine Development Forum. She is an active "scholar participant" in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous publications, including Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002); Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible(Berrett-Koehler, 2nd ed., 2004); Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines(University of California Press, 1993); and Unequal Alliance: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Philippines (University of California Press, 1988). Current events related to El Salvador & attempts to ban gold-mining. At global level, this includes “investor-state clause” cases brought before the World Bank-based Tribunal called the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
“Food security” issues, from farmers (first lived with farming community in the Philippines 30-plus years ago; recently lived with rice-farmers in the Philippines; fishing communities in Trinidad, and corn/bean farmers in El Salvador) to consumer issues (example: “white” rice versus whole-grain rice). Article upcoming in winter issue of Earth Island Journal. Her most recent work has coined the term “rootedness” as the overall goal, to juxtapose with the current model’s focus on economic growth that leads to “vulnerability” in economic, environmental and social terms. See YES! Blog: http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/john-cavanagh-and-robin-broad Robin Broad and John Cavanagh report from their search for rootedness—the social, environmental, and economic anchoring that sees us through tough times.