New Visiting Fellow at SPERI

John MiklerWe are pleased to welcome John Mikler as Visiting Fellow at SPERI for the month of July.

John is Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. His research interests are primarily focused on the role of transnational economic actors, particularly multinational corporations, and the interaction between them and states, international organisations and civil society.

He takes a comparative institutionalist perspective to the way in which economic actors are regulated, or exercise private authority, especially in respect of the social and environmental impacts of their instrumentally-motivated actions. His previous research has been on the international car industry, applying a ‘Varieties of Capitalism’ approach to analyse the actions the industry is, or is not, taking in respect of the environmental impacts of its products. He has also undertaken extensive collaborative and inter-disciplinary research on liberal capitalism and technological innovation for climate change mitigation, as well as global corporate power.

In 2008 he was awarded the inaugural Giandomenico Majone Prize by the Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research. He has published three books: Greening the Car Industry: Varieties of Capitalism and Climate Change (Edward Elgar 2009); The Handbook of Global Companies (Wiley-Blackwell 2013); and (with Neil Harrison) Climate Innovation: Liberal Capitalism and Climate Change (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

Whilst in Sheffield, John will be contributing to SPERI’s ongoing engagement and outreach initiatives including blogging, talks and meeting with academic colleagues in the University. He presented a paper entitled ‘The National Basis for the Political Power of Global Corporations’ at the recent SPERI conference.