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Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG

Each year the MPIfG invites a distinguished scholar in the field of political science, economics or sociology to spend three to six months at the institute. Scholars in residence are known for their outstanding academic achievements and pursue a particular research project that coincides with the research conducted at the MPIfG.
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Tim Bartley Is Scholar in Residence 2016/2017


Tim Bartley will be the MPIfG Scholar in Residence in 2017. Bartley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University. His research focuses on transnational governance, private forms of regulation, social movements, and corporate responsibility and sustainability. He is an economic and political sociologist who uses a variety of methodological approaches in his research, from quantitative analyses of firm- and individual-level data to in-depth interviews and case studies. He is a former editor of the journal Regulation & Governance, has previously taught at Indiana University, and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton, MIT, and Sun Yat-sen University.




Selected Publications

  • Bartley, Tim. 2007. “Institutional Emergence in an Era of Globalization: The Rise of Transnational Private Regulation of Labor and Environmental Conditions.” American Journal of Sociology 113 (2), 297–351.
  • Bartley, Tim. 2014. “Transnational Governance and the Re-Centered State: Sustainability or Legality?” Regulation and Governance 8 (1), 93-109.
  • Bartley, Tim, and Curtis Child. 2014. “Shaming the Corporation: The Social Production of Targets and the Anti-Sweatshop Movement.” American Sociological Review 79 (4):653-79.
  • Bartley, Tim, and Niklas Egels-Zandén. 2016. “Beyond Decoupling: Unions and the Leveraging of Corporate Social Responsibility in Indonesia.” Socio-Economic Review 14 (2), 231-55.
  • Bartley, Tim, Sebastian Koos, Hiram Samel, Gustavo Setrini, and Nikolas Summers. 2015. Looking Behind the Label: Global Industries and the Conscientious Consumer. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Scholar in Residence Lecture Series 2017

In his lecture series "Rules and Rights in the Global Economy" Tim Bartley will focus on global rule-making projects and their implications for industries, workers, environments, and communities. He will examine the consequences of rules for land and labor and develop a new theory of transnational governance. The lectures will be on May 9, 16, and 30, 2017.


Past Scholars in Residence


Lucio Baccaro

Professor of Sociology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Robert Boyer

Economist and Associate Researcher at the Institut des Amériques, Vanves, France

Francesco Boldizzoni

Professor of economic history at the University of Turin, Italy

Patrick Le Galès

CNRS director of research at the Centre d'études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris

Arndt Sorge

Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam

J. Nicholas Ziegler

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley

Bruno Amable

Professor of Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Christoph Deutschmann

Professor of Sociology at the University of Tübingen

David Stark

Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University

Jack Barbalet

Professor of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University


MPIfG - Scholar in Residence | [Last updated 2017-06-02]