Luc Fransen is Associate Professor of International Relations 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.
He is currently co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations as well as board member of the PETGOV research group.
Luc's research has been funded by the Dutch Science Association (NWO), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at EUI, the Royal Dutch Academy for the Sciences (KNAW), and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS).
He has also finished commissioned research for amongst others the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency, the United Nations Council on Trade and Development, Oxfam, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the German Development Agency GIZ.
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. Labor standards in global supply chains
In a range of studies, actors committing themselves and instruments designed to advancing labor standards in global supply chains are examined, focusing on political economic dynamics at both the point of production and the point of consumption, with empirical research including studies in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Output includes collaborative work with Genevieve LeBaron, Andreas Ruehmkorf, Merel Serdijn, Ans Kolk, Victor Hartman, Khadija van der Straaten, Kea Tijdens, Maarten van Klaveren, Anne Lally and Martin Curley.
2. Transnational Advocacy Networks and the challenge of anti-NGO regulation
This project investigates the degree to which the rise of anti-NGO regulation across the world affects the organization of cross-border advocacy by civil society organizations focused on environmental sustainability, development and human rights issues. Output includes collaborative work with Kendra Dupuy, Marja Hinfelaar and Zakaria Mazumder and focuses on developments in Bangladesh and Zambia.
3. Environmental sustainability, human rights and governance multiplicity in global value chains
This project studies design issues and effects of multiplicity of sustainability standard-setting in global value chains. Output includes collaborative work with Natalie Langford, Ans Kolk and Philip Schleifer, amongst others focused on India.
Luc has teaching experience in the subfields of International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, Public Administration, and Social Science Methodology.
In 2021-2022, Luc will teach a Bachelor elective on Corporate Responsibility, contribute to the elective Green Economy and Society, co-teach a Bachelor Research Project on Corporations and NGOs, as well as co-teach the Core Module International Relations.
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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.