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Joseph Wilde-Ramsing

Dr. Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, Ph.D., was born in Wilmington, North Carolina (USA). In 2001, Joseph graduated from the University of North Carolina with two Bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish, both with honors. After working at the US embassy in Madrid, Spain, Joseph returned to the US to complete a Master’s degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2004. In 2005, Joseph began work as a researcher at the Amsterdam-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and Coordinator of the OECD Watch network. Joseph currently leads SOMO’s research and policy advocacy on energy, natural resources, and public services and SOMO’s Rights, Remedy and Accountability program. As coordinator of OECD Watch, he frequently represents civil society organisations in negotiations at the OECD and UN and has conducted extensive research and analysis of OECD Guidelines cases. Joseph serves as an Independent Advisor to the Social and Economic Council (SER) of the Netherlands. In 2013, he earned the degree of Ph.D. from the University of Twente’s Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development (CSTM) with a dissertation on sustainable development and corporate accountability in the global energy sector. He has since published several papers and peer-reviewed articles on the drivers and impacts of large-scale energy and extractives projects, and continues to advise communities and NGOs seeking to use the OECD Guidelines to hold corporations accountable for adverse impacts.


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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum
Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

Phone:  +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294