Areas of specialization
International development and business;
The practices of global ethics;
The political economy of global poverty;
Beginning in the late 90’s he organized a large multi-university study of the practices of internationally-connected businesses in developing countries. On the basis of these studies he has co-edited and written good parts of 6 books, including a number of essays as well as case studies on Shell in Nigeria, Rio Tinto in Madagascar, Placer Dome in South Africa, an independent oil company in Colombia, Falconbridge in Northern Quebec, and the Body Shop’s Community Trade program. He has also co-edited a recent book on the voluntary sector in Canada. He is currently working on an essay on “Weber and Ethics” and a book examining the Development and Practices of Global Ethics (with respect to the environment, business practices, human rights, the uses of armed force, problems of poverty, and the interfaith movement.
For a full list of publications please see Dr. Bird's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)