Much of my empirical work in this area has involved research among marginalised communities in developing countries, analysing the capacity of workers and communities affected by transnational business activities in mining, manufacturing and agribusiness sectors to influence the transnational regulatory processes through which these global production systems are governed.
One important focus of this work has been on exploring dynamics of power and contestation in transnational business regulation, particularly related to grassroots and transnational strategies of social mobilisation, coalition-building and claim-making. This work seeks to build insights into the challenges faced by marginalised groups who seek to participate in global governance decisions affecting them, and possible institutional and broader political strategies for empowering these groups within governance systems.
Another important focus has been on interactions between governmental and non-governmental systems of regulation, and relatedly, the ways in which transnational regulatory processes are enabled and constrained by their interactions with national and sub-national political struggles ‘on the ground’ in sites of regulatory implementation. This work on the embedding of transnational regulatory and governance systems in local politics, seeks to build understanding of how global sustainability regulation can contribute to system-wide changes ‘on the ground’ in sites of regulatory implementation.