Dr Elizabeth Fortin

MA(Oxon), MA(Warw), MSc(Sus), DPhil(Sus)

Dr Elizabeth Fortin

Dr Elizabeth Fortin
PolicyBristol Coordinator

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e.fortin@bristol.ac.uk

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Biography

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, received in 2008 from IDS 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.

In her current position, Elizabeth has received a Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Small Grant both from the British Academy.  Her Fellowship examines multi-stakeholder efforts to create sustainability standards and a certification scheme for the biofuels industry. She has been focusing on the process of formulating and implementing the standards, and empirical fieldwork was undertaken with stakeholders in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Her small grant focuses again on Fairtrade as a form of standards and certification.  It considers this through a case study of its gendered implications for women cocoa farmers in Ghana.  Fieldwork for this grant has been undertaken by her co-investigator in Ghana, for which participatory video techniques were employed and from this, a short film has been made to disseminate the findings.  The empirical case studies both contribute to greater understanding of knowledge formation in standards processes, the theorisation of the formulation of supranational consensual regulation and, together, their implications for global citizenship and democracy.

Expertise

My British Academy postdoctoral Research Fellowship examines multi-stakeholder efforts to formulate supranational consensual regulation of the biofuels industry, focusing on the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels. I will focus on the process of formulating and implementing the standards. 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. Prior to this my doctorate, in Development Studies, (IDS, University of Sussex), and subsequent post-doc (IDPM, University of Manchester) concerned the highly contested policy and law-making process of land reform in South Africa's transition from apartheid. My research interests therefore continue to focus on such policy processes in the context of far-reaching global and national change.

Key words

  • knowledge formation in participatory policy processes
  • theorisation of the formulation of supranational consensual regulation
  • global sustainability standards
  • biofuels
  • roundtable on sustainable biofuels
  • land reform in post-apartheid South Africa


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