The Mobilisation of Noncooperative Space: Reflections from Rohingya refugee camps

The Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) warmly invites you to join guest speaker Dr Rashedur Chowdhury from the Southampton Business School as part of the Essex Business School Research Seminar Series.

  • Wed 9 Mar 22

    13:00 - 14:30

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  • Event speaker

    Dr Rashedur Chowdhury, Southampton Business School

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Chaoyuan She

The aim of the Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) research seminar series is to support our world-class research activities in five key areas: accounting and global development; capital Markets, audit, regulation & reporting; publicness and resilience, precarity, exclusion & social justice; and environment, climate change & vulnerability. The seminar series is also expected to promote inter-disciplinary research that links the work of members of the centre with others both within the university and with external institutions.

Seminar abstract

In this essay, Dr Chowdhury challenges key assumptions in the mainstream entrepreneurship literature that individuals have the capability to change their fate through entrepreneurial activities wherever in the world they may be. He advances the concept of a coordinated and regulative cooperative market to argue that the rebalancing of power between marginalized actors such as refugees and ordinary locals, and powerful agents of what he terms the ‘uncooperative sociostructure’ is essential in order to improve the wellbeing of refugees. Without a cooperative sociostructural intervention, capitalistic market mechanisms such as bottom of the pyramid (BoP) and microfinance as means to individual freedom simply imprison refugees further.

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This seminar is free to attend with no need to register in advance.

Please join us online on Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 1pm.

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Speaker bio

Dr Rashedur Chowdhury (PhD, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) is an Associate Professor at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, and a Batten Fellow at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (UVA).

His thesis, ‘Reconceptualizing the dynamics of the relationship between marginalized stakeholders and multinational firms’, received the Society for Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award in 2014.

He has been invited as a Visiting Scholar by

  • INSEAD Business School;
  • Darden, UVA;
  • Faculty of Business and Economics, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland;
  • Michael Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin;
  • Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape;
  • School of Government, Peking University;
  • School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine;
  • Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

His most recent works focus on the Rana Plaza collapse and Phulbari movement in Bangladesh and violence against transgender people in Pakistan. 

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