Luc Fransen is Associate Professor of International Relations. He is the Director of the Master Programmes of Political Science and Conflict Resolution and Governance and member of the Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV) Research Group as well as the Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance Research Group. He received his PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam in 2010 and has held research and teaching positions at the European University Institute, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS ), Yale University, Leiden University and the Amsterdam Institute for International Development.
Luc Fransen's research interests include the politics of Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainable development in global supply chains, private standard-setting, transnational civil society activism and international organizations. His most recent book Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Labor Standards: Firms and Activists in the Making of Private Regulation (paperback version available from Routledge) analyzes the evolution of, business demand for and competition between transnational private labor standard organizations. Next to that, his work has been published in various international journals, including Governance, Socio-Economic Review, Review of International Political Economy, Regulation & Governance, Policy Sciences, Global Networks, Ecological Economics, Organization, British Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Business and Society, and Journal of Business Ethics.
1. Interactions among transnational private sustainability standard organizations in agriculture
This project performs social network analysis of personal and organizational linkages among private standard organizations and uses qualitative insights to gauge the degree to which private standard organizations are able to tackle coordination problems in the supply chains of multinational companies focused on agricultural commodities. Output includes collaborative work with Graeme Auld, Thomas Conzelmann, Ans Kolk, and Jelmer Schalk.
2. The comparative and international political economy of public-private labor standard interactions
This project looks at the degree to which the evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility activities for promoting labor standards and public policy instruments for promoting and protecting labor standards are related. My contributions involve study with Brian Burgoon of civil society organization advocacy on, consumer attitudes towards and variety in non-state initiatives for labor-standards protection in the EU and beyond.
3. Transnational Advocacy Networks and the challenge of anti-NGO regulation
This project investigates the degree to which the rise of anti-NGO regulation in several emerging economies affects the organization of cross-border advocacy by big international NGOs.
Luc has teaching experience in the subfields of International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, Public Administration, and Social Science Methodology.
In 2018-2019, Luc will teach a Bachelor elective on Corporate Responsibility.
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Selected invited lectures and conference presentations
· Fransen, L. 2013. Transnational Public-Private Regimes: A political economic perspective. Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, April 3 2013.
· Fransen, L. 2012. The politics of meta-standard setting in transnational sustainability governance. Prepared for the American Political Science Association Annual Conference New Orleans, August 30 2012.
· Fransen, L. and T. Conzelmann. 2012. Fragmented or uniform transnational voluntary regulation of sustainability standards? A comparative study. Presented at the ECPR Regulation and Governance Bi-Annual Conference, University of Exeter, June 29 2012.
· Fransen, L. 2012. Global companies in the private regulation of global labor standards. Presented at Penn State University Global Worker Rights Workshop, March 27 2012.
· Fransen, L. and B. Burgoon. 2012. Global labor standard advocacy by European Civil Society Organizations: Trends and developments. Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Diego, March 30 2012.
· Fransen, 2011. The embeddedness of responsible business practice: National institutions and Corporate Social Responsibility. Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, Madrid, June 2011.
· Fransen, L. 2011. Multi-stakeholder governance and business driven programs in Corporate Social Responsibility. Private Governance and its Global Implementation workshop, Freie Universitat Berlin, February 4-5 2011.
· Fransen, L. 2010. Are business-driven programs becoming multi-stakeholder governed? Lecture at the Centre for Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School, November 2010.
· Fransen, L. 2008 . Understanding patterns of business support in private governance. Lecture at the Political Science Seminar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), April 2008.
· Fransen, L. 2008. Dynamics of private regulatory competition. Lecture at the Global Governance Seminar of the Yale School of Management, Yale University, March 2008.