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Most product packaging contains certification labels or references to standards such those beginning with 'ISO'. Transnational private standards such as these have been ubiquitous to commerce and trade since the medieval period. They prescribe technical requirements that firms, industry associations, and non-governmental organizations use to solve coordination problems, for instance, ensuring conformity through supply chains, and information problems, such as signalling quality of products to consumers. 

Since the 1980s these private actors have experimented with designing standards to address two additional types of problems. First, collaboration problems, for example, to ensure that all firms within an industry adopt similar voluntary environmental regulations. Second, to mitigate negative social externalities such as emissions from production, poor labor practices, or environmental degradation.

My research seeks to understand what motivates actors to pursue these arrangements, their effects on policymaking, and the extent they contribute to effective governance.

Work In Progress (Links to Summaries)

Future Projects (Links to Summaries)

Project 1: Lobbying and Transnational Private Standards in Other Issue-Areas

Project 2: The Effectiveness of Transnational Private Regulation

Project 3: Explaining the Diffusion of Transnational Private Regulation 

Other Publications (Links to Publications)

 2011 “Methodological Guide on Tariffs, Taxes and Transfers in the European Water Sector,” with Manuel Lago, Jennifer Möller-Gulland, Julian Leem Gerardo Anzaldua, Isabelle Turcotte, Johanna von der Weppen, Felipe Gaitan, and Benjamin Boteler, EUREAU.

 2011 “Literature Review & Research Survey,” with Andreas Graf, Haran Bar-On, Ralph Piotrowski, Anneke von Raggamby, and Sarah Lang, InContext Project: Supportive environments for sustainable living. 

Conference & Workshop Presentations (Links to Slides)

 2019“Using Transnational Private Standards as Non‐Tariff Barriers: Industry Lobbying and Forestry Standards in Australia, Canada and the UK,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.

 2019“Transnational Private Standards to Avert Government Regulation: Comparing EU and US Laundry Pod Regulation,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.

 2018“A Tale of Two Lobbies: Laundry Pod Regulation in the US and EU,” Northeastern Political Association Annual Conference, Montreal, QC.

“Self-Regulation and Scientific Uncertainty: EU and US Laundry Pod Regulation,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

 2017Bypassing Students’ Hostility to Discussing Justice: Creating Distance by Using Simulations and Upscaling the Unit of Analysis," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
 2016 “Forestry Standards as Firm Political Strategies,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
 2016 "Standards as Strategies: How Firms Adopt Transnational Private Standards for Leverage in Regulatory Policymaking,” 24th World Congress of Political Science, International Political Science Association, Poznań, Poland,
 2016 "Standards as Strategies: How Firms Adopt Transnational Private Standards for Leverage in Regulatory Policymaking,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
 2016 “Private Forestry Standards and Procurement Policies,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
 2015 “The Influence of Transnational Corporate Private Regimes on Domestic Policies,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. 
 2015 “Adopting Transnational Standards, Preempting Stringent Regulations,” Duck Family Graduate Workshop on Environmental Politics and Governance, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
 2014     “The Diffusion of Feed-In Tariff Policies,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
 2013   “Upscaling Elinor Ostrom's Design Principles Illustrated by Long-Enduring Common-Pool Resource Institutions: Quantitative Analysis Using International Regimes Database,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
 2012 “From Climate Change to Conflict? Human vs. State Security Concerns in the Arctic,” International Studies Association-Western Division, Pasadena, CA.
 2010 “The Arctic Environment as a Common-Pool Resource,” Continents Under Climate Change Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.




Advanced Certificate in Teaching, Teaching Engagement Program, University of Oregon

Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research


ICPSR Certificate   EITM Certificate


Summer School on Individual and Agent Based Modelling, Dresden University of Technology



Summer School in Methods and Techniques, European Consortium for Political Research



“Complex(c)ity - urbanization and energy transitions in a changing climate,” Global Sustainability Summer School, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), and Santa Fe Institute



“Risk, uncertainty and extreme events – characteristics of human-environment interactions,” Global Sustainability Summer School, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), and Santa Fe Institute



Mentor, Arctic Summer College, Ecologic Institute


 2011 – 2013

Participant, Arctic Summer College, Ecologic Institute