Globalisation and Human Rights

I examine the interplay between globalisation, business, and human rights and labour standards, using panel data and network analysis. I am interested in factors that influence human rights protection in the developing world, and in particular, how multinational corporations and their foreign direct investment (FDI) come into play.

Relevant publications:

  • Krishna Vadlamannati, Nicole Janz, & Indra de Soysa (2020), “U.S. Multinationals and Human Rights: A Theoretical and Empirical Assessment of Extractive Versus Nonextractive Sectors” Business & Society, published online July 3, 2020.
  • Krishna C. Vadlamannati, Nicole Janz, and Øyvind I. Berntsen (2018). “Human Rights Shaming and FDI: Effects of the UN Human Rights Commission and Council” World Development: 104, 222-237.
  • Nicole Janz (2018). “Foreign Direct Investment and Repression: An Analysis Across Industry Sectors” Journal of Human Rights, 17:2, 163-183, doi:10.1080/14754835.2017.1306691.
  • Replication and Reproducibility

    I play a leading role in a number of initiatives to promote research transparency. I’m a member of the Steering Committee of the UK Reproducitibility Network and the Executive Committee of Project TIER, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Qualitative Data Repository. I write about reproducibility on my blog and tweet at @polscireplicate.

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    I also work on a British-Academy-funded project to foster data transparency in government administration and universities. Together with Prof Dalson Figueiredo, Federal University of Pernambuco, I conducted a novel study on corruption in Brazil and organised transparency workshops for researchers and civil servants. More info about this project is here. A journal article is in preparation.

    Book: Civil Religion and Critical Discourse Analysis

    Nicole Janz. 2010. “ ‘And no one will keep that light from shining.’ Civil Religion after September 11 in Speeches of George W. Bush.” Berlin: Lit-Verlag.

    Edited Volume: Global Human Rights

    Nicole Janz, and Thomas Risse (eds). 2007. “Menschenrechte–Globale Dimensionen eines Universellen Anspruchs.” (Human Rights–Global Dimensions of a Universal Standard) Baden-Baden: Nomos.