Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Alessandro Guasti is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, whose research interests lie at the intersection between international political economy and governance studies.
His work explores the relationship between trade, global governance tools (GGTs) and the protection of fundamental labour rights. Specifically, his research examines how GGTs such as private regulation impact firms in developing countries and global supply chains (GSCs). Alessandro’s work focuses on the effectiveness of these tools in protecting workers and on their ability to promote sustainable economic development. He employs spatial econometrics to examine whether the effects associated with GGTs spill over across GSCs. Indeed, economic and reputational incentives triggered by these tools may not only impact firms directly involved, but also their competitors.
He is working with Matthew Amengual, Associate Professor in International Business at Saïd Business School, on a project examining the effectiveness of a large-scale training programme aiming to improve working conditions among suppliers based in developing countries.
Alessandro holds an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Milan, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he also completed his PhD in International Relations. Throughout his academic career, Alessandro has continued to engage with practitioner-oriented projects, translating his research skills into evidence-based policy recommendations.
Has global trade competition really led to a race to the bottom in labor standards?(opens in new window)
- Journal article
- International Studies Quarterly