Researcher at Swedwatch
Frida Arounsavath is a researcher at the Swedish non-profit research organisation Swedwatch, which investigates business impacts on human rights and the environment. Through field research, Swedwatch conveys voices of marginalised groups such as migrant workers, indigenous peoples, mining communities, small-scale farming households and agricultural labourers. Swedwatch uses its research and publications to engage with companies, investors and public actors on respect for international sustainability norms, and the need for environment and human rights due diligence in supply and investment chains.
For most of her professional life, Frida has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia. Before joining Swedwatch, she worked as a consultant for a range of bilateral donors, development banks, and civil society organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, China, and Southern Africa. She has over fifteen years’ experience from assignments in environmental assessment, natural resources, rural development, land issues, and responsible investment.
Her academic background is in biology with a specialisation in forestry. In recent Swedwatch projects Frida has researched child labour, health impacts and bonded labour in global tobacco supply chains