Kate Roll is a Research Fellow at Saïd Business School and manages the Mutuality in Business Project. Bringing a background in international development, she is particularly interested in inclusive business and the politics of emergent, private sector approaches to poverty reduction. She also serves as a Lecturer in Politics, Somerville College, University of Oxford.
Kate’s current work as part of the Mutuality in Business Project focuses on corporate practices designed to improve the lives of those living in poverty, including the development of new products, efforts to enhance productivity, and the creation of new routes to market. She has conducted field based research on ‘base of the pyramid’ route to market programmes in Southeast Asia, and Kate is currently conducting experimental work on the impact of micro-financing contracts on entrepreneurial performance in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kate completed her doctorate in Politics, writing her thesis on the reintegration of former guerrillas in Timor-Leste. She also holds an MPhil (distinction) in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in International Relations (magna cum laude) from Brown University.
Kate Roll has contributed to MBA teaching at SBS, notably co-convening the Sharing Economy elective with Rachel Botsman, and contributing to both the Rethinking Business course and GOTO. She is particularly interested in bringing systems change and critical political economy perspectives to the classroom, as well as expanding the range of cases under discussion to include more engagement with emerging markets and digital or platform work.
Whilst at SBS, she has presented on her experimental work in Kenya for the Inclusive Capitalism lecture series as well as spoken as part of the Skoll Centre’s Research for Action lecture series on the challenges of managing corporate-academic partnerships. She has also given special workshops on argumentative writing, encouraging students to bring a strong, original point of view to their assignments.
Beyond SBS, Kate serves as a Lecturer in Politics, Somerville College, and Lecturer in Economics and Management, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.
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