Current Status

September 2011 - Present: 

Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Oregon in the Department of Political Science

August 2012 - Present: 


Past

September 2016: Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia; accepted to the 
 Advances in Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Dissertation Workshop

Summer 2016: Recipient of the Global Oregon Graduate Research Grant

July 2016: Presenting at the International Political Science Association World Congress in Poznan, Poland

Spring Term 2016: Instructor-of-Record for PS 101: Modern World Governments

April 2016: Nominated for the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award by the Department of Political Science


Winter Term 2016: Instructor-of-Record for PS 297: Introduction to Environmental Politics


January 2016: Nominated for the UO Dissertation Fellowship by the Department of Political Science

2015

June - August 2015: Selected by the Department of Political Science, University of Oregon to attend the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research summer program on quantitative methods in Ann Arbor, MI.

Spring Term 2015: Instructor of Record for PS 297: Introduction to Environmental Politics

March 2015: Presented "Influencing Policy Through The Use of Private Transnational Standards" at the 2015 Duck Family Graduate Workshop on environmental politics and governance, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

February 2015: Presented "Explaining the Diffusion of Climate Change Policies" at International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.
December 2014: Defended Prospectus "Corporate Influence on Domestic Policy"

2014

August 2014: Conducted research as associate at Ecologic Institute, Berlin
July 2014: Attended summer-school on Agent-Based Modelling at the Technical University of Dresden.

Summer 2014: fulfilled requirements for Master's of Science degree in Political Science at the University of Oregon as part of doctoral program.

June 2014: Awarded the William C. Mitchell Graduate Summer Research Award by the University of Oregon Department of Political Science.

June 2014: Advanced to Ph.D. Candidacy

June 2014: Completed final comprehensive exam in International relations with subfields of International Political Economy and International Environmental Politics.

April 2014: Coordinated the University of Oregon 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium on April 16, 2014.

April 2014: participant in the Junior Scholars Symposium panel at the International Studies Association 2014 Convention in Toronto. Awarded travel grant.

March 2014: Completed field paper program requirement, topic:"The Diffusion of Feed-In Tariff Policies"

2013

July - August 2013: Participant of the Arctic Summer College hosted by Ecologic Institute, Berlin

August 2013: Attended a two week course on Network Analysis at the European Consortium for Political Research Methods Summer School in Ljubljana

July 2013: Visiting Scientist at The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

July 2013: Participant in the Global Sustainability Summer School 2013, "complex(c)ity - urbanization and energy transitions in a changing climate", organized by The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and The Santa Fe Institute, in Potsdam, Germany -- awarded travel grant

June 2013: Awarded the William C. Mitchell Graduate Summer Research Award by the University of Oregon Department of Political Science

May 2013: Successfully passed Minor Comprehensive Exam in the field of Public Policy with specialization in American Environmental Policy

May 2013: Participated as a musician in "The Great Cover Up" hosted by the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation in order to raise money for Food for Lane Country

May 2013: Ran a 6 km race in order to raise money for the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Charity in Eugene

April 2013: Presented the paper "Upscaling Elinor Ostrom's Design Principles" at International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Franscisco California

2012

November 2012 - April 2013: Coordinated the 2013 2nd Annual UO Climate Change Research Symposium

December 2012: Coded an Agent-Based Model (click here) based on the first two prespositions from Persson, T., Roland, G., & Tabellini, G. (1997). Separation of Powers and Political Accountability. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 112(4).

October 2012: Presented "From Climate Change to Conflict? Human vs. State Security Concerns in the Arctic" at the 2012 ISA-West Annual Conference in Pasadena, California

August 2012: Visiting Scholar at The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

July 2012: Attended The Global Sustainability Summer School " Risk, uncertainty and extreme events – characteristics of human-environment interactions", organized by The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and The Santa Fe Institute, in Potsdam, Germany

July - September 2012: Participant of the Arctic Summer College, hosted by Ecologic Institute, Berlin


Thibaud M. J. Henin
Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

This website provides additional information about my research, work experience, and education. 

I am currently writing my dissertation as a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon, and I am an Associate with the Ecologic Institute, Berlin.  

Dissertation

In my dissertation I examine whether the adoption of transnational private standards (e.g. Dolphin-Free Tuna, Organic certified food, ISO 14001, sustainably produced wood) by firms in an industry has an effect on government regulation. These types of private standards have become ubiquitous in a large range of issue-areas, yet how they interact with traditional forms of government regulation has been understudied.  

I argue that these standards provide adopting firms with political advantages than enable them to more successfully lobby governments. For example, after industrial disasters such as Bophal (1986), Chernobyl (1984),  Exxon Valdez (1989) or Deepwater Horizon (2010), firms almost immediately created new transnational private standards to govern their industries.  By quickly self-regulating, they hoped to stave off further government regulation.  Another more recent example in the United States is the standard created by makers of laundry detergent 'pods' (e.g. Proctor & Gamble) to prevent children from ingesting the product.  Faced with the possibility of new regulation, the industry created a voluntary code, successfully forestalling legislation.    

While these examples illustrate how firms might lobby governments to maintain the status quo of 'low' regulation, other standards adopting firms might actually prefer 'greater' or more government regulation.  If these adopting firms are able to persuade governments to enact regulations whose criteria that they, but not their competitors, are able to satisfy, they gain a competitive advantage.  Government regulation can serve as a barrier making it more difficult for non-adopting firms to remain in the market.  For example, the WTO recently found that U.S. regulation requiring that tuna be certified as 'Dolphin-Free' is discriminatory as such certification is costly, has little impact on the rate of dolphin by-catch, and excludes Mexican fishers from American Markets. Scholars have noted the use of transnational private standards for similar aims in a variety of circumstances. For instance by white fishers using the Marine Stewardship Council certification in South Africa to exclude black fishers (Ponte, 2008); large firms in developed countries using ISO 14001 to exclude small firms and those in less developed countries (Clapp, 2000); and large firms in the food industry using HAACP (Bernauer and Caduff 2004).  

At this stage, my research focuses on the issue area of deforestation and investigates the effect the adoption sustainable forestry standards by firms in the forestry sector has had on government procurement policies in 38 developed countries from 2000-2011.  Post-Ph.D. I will examine whether labor standards in free-trade agreements are used as non-tariff barriers by firms in the textile industry, and whether standards governing carbon offsets have been used to forestall carbon taxes.

About Me

As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon, I have been the instructor-of-record for "PS 101: Modern World Governments", "PS 297: Introduction to Environmental Politics," and have taught over 14 discussion sections to undergraduates in the fields of international relations, comparative politics and environmental politics.  

Since 2011, I have also been an Associate with the Ecologic Institute, Berlin.  This has allowed me to contribute to projects for for clients such as the European Commission, the OECD and EUREAU.  

I enjoy discovering new cultures, have traveled extensively throughout the Americas and Europe, and I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate with researchers abroad.