Dr Elizabeth Fortin joined the School of Law in January 2011 having been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. She previously held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Manchester from 2008. She has taught at the Universities of Sussex and Manchester. She studied Jurisprudence at Oxford University, graduating in 1996 before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2001. She has subsequently completed two Masters degrees, in Globalisation and Development and in Social Research Methods, at Warwick University and Sussex University respectively.
Elizabeth's doctorate, undertaken at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, concerned the highly contested policy and law-making process of land reform in South Africa's transition from apartheid. Her research interests continue to focus on such processes in the context of far-reaching global and national change.
Her British Academy Fellowship will examine multi-stakeholder efforts to formulate supranational consensual regulation of the biofuels industry, focusing on the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels. She will focus on the process of formulating and implementing the standards. This process is mediated by formal governance structures and institutional context, shaped by informal practices, and knowledge of the different participants. The empirical case study will contribute to greater understanding of knowledge formation in global participatory policy processes, the theorisation of the formulation of supranational consensual regulation and, together, their implications for global citizenship and democracy.