Dr Maha Rafi Atal

  • Lecturer in Global Economy (Politics)

Biography

I take a political economy approach to the study of corporate power. My current book project, examines “corporate social responsibility” as a system of Company Rule, tracing its history from colonial trading corporations to contemporary multinationals. I am also interested in how corporations exercise influence in the media and in politics, in the political power of internet platform companies, and in corporate accountability under international law.

In addition to my academic career, I am an award-winning business journalist, with work published in ForbesFortuneBusinessWeek, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The New Statesman, among others. I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Public Business, a non-profit supporting reporting, research and discussion about the wider impact of business actions.

Prior to coming to Glasgow, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Copenhagen Business School, and earned degrees from the University of Cambridge, Brown University and Columbia University.

Research interests

I welcome opportunities to supervise research students in any of the following broad fields:

  • corporate power
  • corporate social responsibility
  • political economy of media
  • digital platforms
  • corporations and international law
  • global governance
  • international political economy

Publications

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Jump to: 2021 | 2018 | 2017 | 2015 | 2008
Number of items: 8.

2021

Atal, M. R. (2021) Measuring the wages of whiteness: A project for political economists. Global Perspectives, 2(1), (doi: 10.1525/gp.2021.22154)

Atal, M. R. (2021) The Janus faces of Silicon Valley. Review of International Political Economy, 28(2), pp. 336-350. (doi: 10.1080/09692290.2020.1830830)

Atal, M. R. and Richey, L. A. (2021) Commodifying COVID-19: humanitarian communication at the onset of a global pandemic. New Political Science, 43(4), pp. 421-450. (doi: 10.1080/07393148.2021.1997538)

2018

Atal, M. R. (2018) The cultural and economic power of advertisers in the business press. Journalism, 19(8), pp. 1078-1095. (doi: 10.1177/1464884917725162)

2017

Atal, M. R. (2017) White capital: Corporate social responsibility and the limits of transformation in South Africa. Extractive Industries and Society, 4(4), pp. 735-743. (doi: 10.1016/j.exis.2017.10.007)

Atal, M. R. (2017) Competing forms of media capture in developing democracies. In: Schriffrin, A. (ed.) In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy. Center for International Media Assistance: Washington, D.C..

2015

Peterson, G. and Atal, M. R. (2015) Introduction: a ‘place-in-the-world’—foreign interventions in Africa. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 28(2), pp. 205-209. (doi: 10.1080/09557571.2015.1029269)

2008

Atal, M. R. (2008) GWM Reynolds in Paris, 1835-1836: A new discovery. Notes and Queries, 55(4), pp. 448-453.

This list was generated on Mon Jun 27 10:29:11 2022 BST.
Number of items: 8.

Articles

Atal, M. R. (2021) Measuring the wages of whiteness: A project for political economists. Global Perspectives, 2(1), (doi: 10.1525/gp.2021.22154)

Atal, M. R. (2021) The Janus faces of Silicon Valley. Review of International Political Economy, 28(2), pp. 336-350. (doi: 10.1080/09692290.2020.1830830)

Atal, M. R. and Richey, L. A. (2021) Commodifying COVID-19: humanitarian communication at the onset of a global pandemic. New Political Science, 43(4), pp. 421-450. (doi: 10.1080/07393148.2021.1997538)

Atal, M. R. (2018) The cultural and economic power of advertisers in the business press. Journalism, 19(8), pp. 1078-1095. (doi: 10.1177/1464884917725162)

Atal, M. R. (2017) White capital: Corporate social responsibility and the limits of transformation in South Africa. Extractive Industries and Society, 4(4), pp. 735-743. (doi: 10.1016/j.exis.2017.10.007)

Peterson, G. and Atal, M. R. (2015) Introduction: a ‘place-in-the-world’—foreign interventions in Africa. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 28(2), pp. 205-209. (doi: 10.1080/09557571.2015.1029269)

Atal, M. R. (2008) GWM Reynolds in Paris, 1835-1836: A new discovery. Notes and Queries, 55(4), pp. 448-453.

Book Sections

Atal, M. R. (2017) Competing forms of media capture in developing democracies. In: Schriffrin, A. (ed.) In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy. Center for International Media Assistance: Washington, D.C..

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Grants

Co-Investigator, 2019-2021; Affiliated researcher, 2021-2022: "Commodifying Compassion: Implications of Turning People and Humanitarian Causes into Marketable Things." 5 million krone. Funded by Danish Council for Indepedent Research. https://www.commodifyingcompassion.com/

 

Teaching

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy, Semester 2, 2022

Additional information

Personal Website: http://www.maha-rafi-atal.com/