I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Toronto. I teach undergraduate courses on public policy at the Scarborough campus and a graduate course on business and politics at the St. George campus.
My research interests are situated at the intersection of comparative public policy and global political economy. In my current research, I examine the development and effectiveness of transnational private governance of global production processes and supply chains, and the interactions between public policy and transnational private governance. Focusing mainly on environmental and natural resources policy and governance, current issue areas of interest include renewable energy, climate change, fisheries, forestry, e-waste, agriculture, and fair trade. In my first book project, I examine the variation in the way the European Union has regulated transnational private governance, and the implications for the effectiveness of environmental policy. In addition, I'm involved in several projects assessing the influence of public policy and political-institutional variables on business’ success in complying with transnational private regulation.
I received a Ph.D. in Environmental Politics from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2014. I also hold an M.Phil. in Environmental Politics (2011) from Yale, and Master degrees in Political Science (2002), Economic Policy (2003), and Conflict and Peace Studies (2005) from the University of Leuven, Belgium. I worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute for International and European Policy of the Political Science Department of the University of Leuven between 2003 and 2006, and as a research fellow of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO) between 2006 and 2008. I was a visiting researcher at Yale in the fall of 2007 and at the University of California, Berkeley in the spring of 2008. From 2009 to 2014, I coordinated the research projects of the Program on Private Authority and Environmental Governance at the Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative at Yale.
My research has been published in International Environmental Agreements, Business and Politics, and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, as well as in several edited volumes.