Dr. Miho Taka

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.

  • “Multi-stakeholder regulation of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo” in A New Generation of Public Control, citizens&markets, Transparencia Mexicana Initiative, 2014: 137-147. 
  • “The human rights of artisanal miners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The responsibility of mining companies”, African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Vol. 3 (1): 137-150, co-authored with Josep F. Mària, 2012.
  • “Coltan mining and the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)”, CDR Quarterly, Issue 1, CDR (Center for Documentation for Refugee and Migrant), University of Tokyo, 2011. 
  • “Coltan mining and the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)” in McIntosh, M. and Hunter, A. (eds.) New Perspectives on Human Security, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing, 2010.
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