My current research focuses on transnational governance arrangements to address cross-border policy challenges, in particular the setting of social and environmental standards for production in global value chains. In a SSHRC funded project I investigate how national governments and business actors engage with global voluntary sustainability standards, across three countries (Argentina, Brazil, and Canada) and in two sectors (soybean and mining).
More broadly, I am interested in how effective novel types of transnational governance that involve cross-sector collaboration are at improving business conduct. Which role do business firms and associations play in making business practices in global value chains more ‘responsible’? And what is the relationship between private governance by business and state regulation, especially in the Global South?
A second strand of research rooted in comparative public policy seeks to explain why jurisdictions converge or diverge in their policy responses when faced with similar problems or crises.
My earlier research contributed to the study of public policy in the European Union, with a special focus on transnational regulatory networks as governing device that balances national and supranational interests.
Empirically, my work has mainly focused on the energy and environment field while the regional focus has been on the European Union and Canada.
2022 and 2021 York Provostial Fellow (Course Credit, Stipend & Professional Development)
2010, 2009, 2008 York University Merit Award ($2000)
2021 Outstanding Teaching Contribution (Score of 6.5 or higher out of 7) MGMT 4300 (CSR in Global Context), Fall 2020
2014 'Excellence Initiative' Visiting Research Professorship, Germany ($ 6000/ 1 month)
MGMT 4300 CSR in a Global Context
PUBL 4000 Government & Business
EMBA 6780 Global Strategy Project
INTL 1400 Responsible Business in an International Context
PUBL 6050 Managing for Public Purpose
PLCY 7900 Business, Society and Global Governance
MGMT 5260 Managing for Value Creation
PUBL 6150 Comparative Public Policy
INTL 5331 Regional Analysis (Europe)
Project Title Role Award Amount Year Awarded Granting Agency Project TitleGlobal sustainability standards in national context: comparing business-government relations in Argentina, Brazil and Canada RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$171,000.00 Year Awarded2021 Granting AgencySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Insight Grant Project TitlePost-Fukushima Energy Policy: Canada and Germany Compared RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$3,500.00 Year Awarded2013 Granting AgencyOntario/Baden-Württemberg - Faculty Research Exchange Project TitleCompeting, Coordinating, Co-Opting...? Interactions in Transnational Business Regulation RoleCo-Investigator Award Amount$200,000.00 Year Awarded2011- Granting AgencySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Partnership Development Grant Project TitleInternational Standard-Setting for Corporate Reporting: The Legitimacy of Private Global Governance and Congruence with Domestic Standard-Setting Processes RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$58,300.00 Year Awarded2010- Granting AgencySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Standard Research Grant Project TitleInteractions in Transnational Business Governance RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$5,000.00 Year Awarded2010 Granting AgencyHennick Centre for Business and Law - Hennick Collaborative Research Grant Project TitlePrivate Transnational Regulation: Constitutional Foundations and Governance Design RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$25,000.00 Year Awarded2009- Granting AgencyHiiL (The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law) Project TitleBusiness and Climate Change in Canada and Germany RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$10,000.00 Year Awarded2009- Granting AgencyDAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Project TitleNew Modes of Governance in the European Union RoleCollaborator Award Amount$5,000.00 Year Awarded2007-2008 Granting AgencyEuropean Commission - FP 6 Integrated Project Project TitleREFGOV (Reflexive Governance), Services of General Interest: Energy Governance in Canada in Comparative Perspective RoleCo-Investigator Award Amount$42,750.00 Year Awarded2005-2009 Granting AgencyEuropean Commission - FP 6 Integrated Project Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$25,000.00 Year Awarded2005 Granting AgencySchulich School of Business - Startup Research Grant Project TitleTransatlantic Energy Conference RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$30,000.00 Year Awarded2005 Granting AgencySiemens Canada - Transatlantic Energy Conference Grant Project Title Role Award Amount$ Year Awarded Granting Agency
Schulich Professor Burkard Eberlein has been appointed as one of four York University Provostial Fellows. Appointed for one year, recipients work to enhance collegial capacity at an institutional level to advance the priorities of the University Academic Plan (UAP) in demonstrable ways. The Provostial Fellowships also provide an opportunity for a diverse group of tenured faculty to gain hands-on experience in university leadership.
Fellows will work with the provost and relevant members of the senior leadership on a project or initiative intended to advance one of the UAP priority areas at an institutional level. Each project also seeks to enhance and intersect with the University-wide challenge to elevate institutional contributions to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“I am very excited about what are in fact two unique opportunities rolled into one Fellowship,” said Eberlein. “First, to contribute in tangible and meaningful ways to the York community by supporting York’s journey toward carbon neutrality. And second, to be able to gain invaluable practical experience in change leadership and to grow professionally.”
Eberlein’s project, “York’s Journey toward Carbon Neutrality,” seeks to identify and advance specific and impactful initiatives that the University can take to reduce its carbon emissions.
“We’re proud that Professor Eberlein has been appointed as one of the University’s four Provostial Fellows,” said Detlev Zwick, Interim Dean. “I am confident that his contributions will help advance the University’s sustainability initiatives.”