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. I examine the roles and the interaction of public, private and civil society actors in these arrangements that range from loose networks to well-established multi-stakeholder organizations. How effective is this new type of transnational governance 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.