AAC Council Members

Council Members

The VSS Academic Advisory Council gathers an international and multi-disciplinary mix of academic experts involved in research on voluntary sustainability standards. Through its annual conferences, it offers the opportunity to discuss latest research as well as ‘hot topics’ on VSS (see Objectives of the AAC).

The AAC permanent members will typically be invited to the AAC annual conferences, gathering academics from diverse background and, potentially, other stakeholders in the VSS system (with a stakeholder member status). However, the participation in the AAC annual conferences is not mandatory. Participating members on the other hand, are not required to present their latest research or papers during the annual conferences but are rather expected to provide input to the discussions, drawing on their expertise and their knowledge of the literature on VSS.

Co-Chairs

Axel Marx

Deputy Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance
KU Leuven
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Bernard Hoekman

Director, Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute
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Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba

Senior Economist/ UNFSS Coordinator
UNCTAD

Permanent Members

Archna Negi

Associate Professor
Jawarhalal Nehru University, India
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Benjamin Cashore

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
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Engela Schlemmer

Professor
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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Eve Fouilleux

Research Director
CIRAD – French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development
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Jan Orbie

Professor
Ghent University
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Jorge Pérez

Professor
Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico
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Marcelo Olarreaga

Dean, Geneva School of Economics and Management
University of Geneva
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Niggli Urs

Director
FiBL
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Stefano Ponte

Professor, Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Copenhagen Business School
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Vera Thorstensen

Professor
Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil
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Ariel Hernandez

Professor
Managing Global Governance/ Uni Duisburg-Essen
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Clara Brandi

Senior Researcher
German Development Institute
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Eric Lambin

Professor and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford Woods Institute
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Graeme Auld

Director, School of Public Policy and Administration
Carleton University
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Junji Nakagawa

Professor, Institute of Social Science
University of Tokyo
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Lars Gulbrandsen

Deputy Director / Research Director Climate and Energy
Fridtjof Nansen Institute
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Miet Maertens

Senior Economist at LICOS – Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance
KU Leuven
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Philip Schleifer

Assistant Professor
University of Amsterdam
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Thomas Dietz

Professor
University of Muenster
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Verena Bitzer

Research Fellow
Maastricht University
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Membership of the AAC is by invitation. As the AAC is striving for global reach, applications are welcome.
The following criteria will be used to assess membership of the AAC:

    • Affiliation to an academic institution
    • Geographical location
    • Disciplinary background
    • At least 5 publications focusing explicitly on voluntary sustainability standards
    • Publication on VSS in the last 3 years
    • At least 5 years seniority as a post-doctoral researcher at an academic institutions

Members’ appointment procedure will be based on ensuring a balanced representation of countries/universities of affiliation and of different disciplines involved in VSS research.
Membership in the AAC is free of charge.
Names, academic affiliations, and hyperlink to publication list of permanent members may be referenced.