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Clare Patton


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    United Kingdom


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Research Interests

Clare's research interests focus on the intersections of Health, Business, and Human Rights. She has a particular interest in cause-related marketing (CRM) campaigns especially those run by large, multinational corporations (MNCs). She has just finished two articles which set out a draft framework for better regulation of MNC CRM campaigns and the impact that better regulation of CRM campaigns would have on vulnerable stakeholders (due for publication early 2019). The institutional fields of particular interest to Clare's research are cosmetic companies, grocery retailers, infant milk formula companies and the weapons industry. Clare recently wrote a successful bid for ESRC funding to carry out a twelve-month research fellowship within which she will collect primary data relating to her research. The fellowship begins on October 1st and Clare will be based in the Health and Human Rights Unit in the Law School and is under the mentorship of Professor Therese Murphy. Her fieldwork will be carried out in the four jurisdictions of the United Kindom and a policy report arising from this research is due for publication in September 2019. 

Clare is also a member of the Business and Human Rights Research group in the Law School at Queen's where she works closely with colleagues (Dr Ciara Hackett and Dr Ciarán O'Kelly) on projects focusing on corporate remedies, UNGPs and the draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights. This group have several co-authored pieces due to be published in late 2018/early 2019. 


Clare held the first Lecturer in Education and Skills post within the Law School at Queen's and in that time ran a diverse range of workshops and seminars for students across the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Her focus in this post was very much on skills and to that end, Clare designed and developed a project which launched in October 1st 2018 'The Global Skills Project'. This project has been designed to offer the first-year students on the LLB programme a unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive set of skills relating to critical thinking, reading and writing. The students will learn about public speaking, blogging, vlogging and creative story-telling. Clare will remain Director of Global Skills during her research fellowship (2018-19).

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Research Output

  • 3 Article
  • 3 Other contribution
Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Rang-Tan, Iceland and Greenpeace: How a cartoon orangutan opened up the debate on the politics of charity advertising

    Patton, C., Hackett, C. & O'Kelly, C., 16 Nov 2018, Cambridge Core blog: Business and Human Rights Journal Blog

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Prizes

    ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Clare Patton (Recipient), 01 Oct 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Faculty Research Initiatives Fund

    Clare Patton (Recipient), 01 Aug 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 1 PhD external examination

    Internal PhD Examination, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast

    Anna Bryson (Examiner)
    Sep 2017

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination