Our research

We conduct our research across three streams, which together cover some of the most important aspects of business regulation:

Corporate regulation stream

Our key focus under this stream is the development of new models of corporate regulation with a wider ethical purpose than the mere advancement of shareholder interests. We are concerned with how corporate regulation can be enforceable, both privately and publicly, where the actions of corporations have global societal impacts.

An example of this is the misuse of corporate form; this can lead to disadvantage for employees, creditors, consumers, copyright owners, citizens and other stakeholders. Another example is where governance arrangements of transnational corporations fail to prevent their agents engaging in exploitation, bribery, corruption, or human rights abuses.

Environmental regulation stream

This stream researches how regulation can further purposes like moderating climate change, maintaining biodiversity, and conserving resources. Our researchers in this stream assess the uses of:

  • trade-able property rights
  • contracts
  • codes of conduct
  • subsidies, taxes
  • command-and-control directives as instruments of regulation.

We compare national laws and track organisations, transnational private regulation and the new hybrid environmental certification bodies.

Labour regulation stream

Research projects under this stream investigate the ways in which global business regulation protects the interests of the dependent worker. We adopt a broad view of the scope and ethical purposes of labour law.

It encompasses both formal and informal types of regulation that are used to protect the working conditions, income and compensation of dependent workers. Our research is also concerned with extending the reach of labour regulation across borders to protect the workers of transnational and multinational organisations.

Project examples

Below you will find some examples of current research projects, undertaken by members of the Ethical Regulation Research Group. Please click any of the items for more information.