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Education and Background

Before commencing PhD studies at Stockholm University, Ian worked for three years in the private sector, first as an environmental, social and governance research analyst at EIRIS and then as a business researcher for The Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MSc in Global Politics (Merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Affairs (Special Honors) with concentrations in Europe/Eurasia and international politics from The George Washington University. He also studied for a year in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Research Interests

Ian's research interests are broadly in the fields of international political economy and international security studies.​ He is particularly interested in how international institutions shape governments' policies for business and human rights/corporate social responsibility. Ian is also interested in the links between private sector actors and societal and human security. He is affiliated with the Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies (SIS) and the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA), a research project housed in part at SIS.


Peer-reviewed articles

"Re-righting business: John Ruggie and the Struggle to Develop International Human Rights Standards for Transnational Firms". Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 36, 2013 [with Susan Ariel Aaronson].

Book chapters

"Putting the Blame on Governments: Why Firms and Governments Have Failed to Advance the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights". In Kurt Mills and David Karp (eds.) Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors​. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 [with Susan Ariel Aaronson].

Opinion pieces

"Better safe than sorry"Policy Innovations, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 2011 [with Susan Ariel Aaronson].