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Research interests

Michael is Director of the Centre for Development Studies and Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Development in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is also a Research Associate at the Oxford Department of International Development and a Senior Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance Project.

He researches global environmental and health governance with a focus on business power and the politics of global supply chains.

Prior to his current position, Michael was Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance at the University of Oxford. He has also taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he completed his PhD in International Relations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

International Relations, Doctor of Philosophy, London School of Economics

International Relations, Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia

Political Science, Master of Arts, University of Victoria

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project

17 Dec 2019 → …

Research Associate, University of Oxford

1 Mar 2017 → …

New Directions Lead Author, Earth System Governance Project

31 Jan 2016 → …

Visiting Scholar, University of California

31 Jul 201131 May 2012

Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project

1 Jan 201017 Dec 2019


  • JZ International relations
  • Global Political Economy
  • Environmental and Resource Politics
  • Global Commodity Chains
  • Business Power and Agency
  • South-South Trade
  • Transnatonal Activism
  • Modern Slavery
  • Gold
  • Tobacco
  • Tea
  • Garments
  • Jewellery
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Mining
  • Private Governance
  • Corporations


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