Sharks and fish swimming at the Odysea Aquarium. Photo by Joseph Huang.
Photo by Joseph Huang.

Climate Change Policy, Economics, and Governance

My multidisciplinary research in this area--bridging the fields of economics, political science, and management--speaks to several audiences: economists, political scientists, and management and policy scholars. Under my mentorship, undergraduate and graduate students have helped to collect and code a plethora of data to track a census of global businesses' climate mitigation and performance over time and across scales of governance, sectors, and markets.

My research in this area investigates the various and interacting roles that different levels of governance have played in inducing and shaping corporate environmental behavior. In particular, I have explored the effects of the interactions between micro (e.g., firm’s internal managerial capabilities) and macro (e.g., domestic and global economy and governance) incentives and constraints on firm behavior. My publications on industry self-regulation and global climate change are listed here.

My book-in-progress, Corporations at Climate Crossroads: Multilevel Governance, Public Policy, and Global Climate Action, under contract with MIT Press, frames global climate change as a global commons problem and develops a political economy argument about the demand for, and supply of, corporate climate action. Drawing on evidence from large-N statistical analyses and illustrative company case studies, the book answers the following questions:

  1. Many global businesses “talk a good game,” but which firm, country, and global governance factors and their interactions compel global businesses to participate at higher levels in voluntary climate action?

  2. Do global businesses that participate in voluntary climate action emit less carbon emissions?

  3. How do the mix of favorable climate governance conditions vary across industry sectors and in developed versus developing countries?

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded me the 2020-21 American Fellowship to work on this research/book.