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 (TCCG) 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'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.
In recent past, Luc has been co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations, board member of the PETGOV research group and director of the Master programmes in Political Science at UvA.
Luc Fransen's research focuses on the global organization of production, and the regulation of worker rights, human rights and environmental sustainability in global supply chains. He is also interested in the transnational organization of civil society activism. Empirical cases include countries in Europe, North America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Next to his monograph Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Labor Standards, his work has been published in Governance, Socio-Economic Review, Review of International Political Economy, Regulation & Governance, Policy Sciences, Global Networks, Global Policy, Politics & Governance, Ecological Economics, Organization, British Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Business and Society, and Journal of Business Ethics.
1. Protecting People and Planet Through Supply Chain Legislation (funded through an NWO Open Competitie M grant)
Governments across Europe and North America currently introduce binding legislation for buying firm’s duties to protect labor, human rights and the environment in global supply chains. This project investigates whether contemporary global supply chains as an economic structure facilitate such law’s intended effects. If we observe that these laws target only larger firms in a market, and that many countries in the world have not initiated such legislations for buying firms, nor observable ambitions at present to do so, will such legal obligations on buying firms make a positive difference in global supply chains? Output includes collaborative work with Diliara Valeeva.
2. The Effectiveness of Supply Chain Regulations (funded by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research)
What are the observable effects of supply chain regulations on corporations in terms of their efforts to protect human rights, worker rights and environmental sustainability? Does it matter for corporate practices whether regulations are more stringent? Output includes collaborative work with Max Joosten, Genevieve LeBaron, Andreas Ruehmkorf, Ans Kolk, Victor Hartman, Khadija van der Straaten, Kea Tijdens, Anne Lally and Martin Curley.
3. Modelling the future of global supply chains in light of emerging environmental sustainability regulations (funded by the UvA Sustainable Prosperity grant scheme)
The global economy’s current organization of supply chains poses environmental challenges and is vulnerable to environmental change. New legislation is holding firms responsible for environmental harm, but little is known about the firms’ adjustments to supply chains.
This project reveals the potential of legislation around sustainable supply chains and aims to project into the future how supply chains may change as a result of law and a range of other factors. The findings may prove valuable to businesses, civil society, and governments who are looking to develop strategies and regulatory instruments for sustainable supply chains. Output includes collaborative work with Diliara Valeeva, Klaas Eller, Mike Lees, Martin Curley and Anne Lally.
4. Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Challenge of Anti-NGO Regulation (funded through an NWO-WOTRO grant)
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.
Luc has teaching experience in the subfields of International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, Public Administration, and Social Science Methodology.
In 2023-2024, Luc will teach a Master Thesis Research Project, a Bachelor elective on Corporate Responsibility, co-teach a Bachelor Research Project on Corporations and NGOs, as well as contribute to the courses Green Economy and Society and Law and Politics.
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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.