Dr Natalie Langford


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My research explores the governance and regulation of labour under shifting geographies of trade and consumption. In particular, I focus on how private governance is being shaped and promoted within domestic markets in the global South, and how state actors interact with these codes and standards. 

As markets shift South, there has been speculation that there will be a "race to the bottom" in terms of labour and employment protection. My research seeks to challenge such a statement, and to illustrate the complex and varied ways through which firms, civil society and state actors are seeking to govern production in Southern markets, and the effectiveness of such efforts. 

My Ph.D. research focused in particular on the Indian tea sector. However, I am interested in a broad array of countries and sectors. 


Ph.D. in Global Development

Teaching Fellow at the Higher Education Academy. 

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Master in Science, Climate Change and Policy, University of Sussex (2010 - 2011)
  • 2010 - Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Queen Mary University of London (2007 - 2010)

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