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Dr Miho Taka is a senior lecturer at Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University. She received her Ph.D degree in international relations and sociology from Coventry University for her thesis on “Conflict Coltan: Local and International Dynamics in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” She also holds a BA in Education from Osaka Kyoiku University, an MA in Third World Studies from Coventry University and a Master of Public Administration from Warwick Business School.

Miho has various living and working experiences from Japan, England, Sweden and Rwanda. After working as the Country Director of an NGO in Rwanda for four years, she has become interested in the relationship between natural resources and violent conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research areas include natural resource management, resource-related conflict, corporate social responsibility and global governance. She published in African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, a book, titled ‘New Perspectives on Human Security,’ amongst others. She is a member of Japan Association for Human Security Studies, Japan Forum of Business and Society and CSR of Extractive Industries in Developing Areas and is a reviewer for several international academic journals in corporate governance area.

Research Interests

Sub-Saharan Africa; Extractive industry; Business and human rights; Natural resource governance; Multi-stakeholder processes; Corporate social responsibility; Peace, conflict and sustainable development

Vision Statement

I am interested in how socio-economic and environmental issues around natural resources interact and impact in unforeseen ways, including violent conflict. I examine current policies and practices to manage natural resources ethically and responsibly, especially in conflict-affected regions, and hope to identify how the private sector can and should contribute effectively through multi-stakeholder processes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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