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Michael is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Development in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is a Research Associate at the Oxford Department of International Development and a Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance Project. His research focuses on global environmental politics and the politics of global supply chains. He consults on the environmental management of extractive industries in both developing and developed countries. Prior to his current position, Michael was Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance at the University of Oxford. He has also taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he completed his PhD in International Relations.



  • 2020 Bloomfield, M.J., and Maconachie, R. Gold. Cambridge: Polity Press (Forthcoming October 2020).
  • 2017 Bloomfield, M.J. Dirty gold: how activism transformed the jewelry industry. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Journal articles

  • 2019 Bloomfield, M.J. South-South Trade and Sustainable Development: the Case of Ceylon Tea. Ecological Economics (In press; accepted 5 July 2019).
  • 2019 Soundararajan, V. and Bloomfield, M.J. 2019. Business-to-business conflicts and environmental governance in global supply chains. In Guclu Atinc (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-ninth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Finalist ‘Best Paper’ Award at the Academy of Management conference 2019.
  • 2019 Burch, S., Bloomfield, M.J. (with 24 others). New Directions in Earth System Governance Research. Earth System Governance 1 (1).
  • 2018 Bloomfield, M.J. and LeBaron, G. The UK Modern Slavery Act: Transparency through Disclosure in Global Governance. E-International Relations (21 September).
  • 2017 Bloomfield, M.J. and Schleifer, P. Tracing failure of coral reef protection in nonstate market-driven governance. Global Environmental Politics 17 (4): 127-146.
  • 2017 Bloomfield, M.J. Global production networks and activism: Can activists change mining practices by targeting brands? New Political Economy 22 (6): 727-742.
  • 2014 Bloomfield, M.J. Shame campaigns and environmental justice: Corporate shaming as activist strategy. Environmental Politics 23 (2): 263-281.
  • 2012 Bloomfield, M.J. Is forest certification a hegemonic force? The FSC and its challengers. Journal of Environment and Development 21 (4): 391-413.

Reports, working papers, and online contents

  • 2019 Decent Work and Economic Growth in the South Indian Garment Industry (with Crane, A, Soundararajan, V., Spence, L., & LeBaron, G.). University of Bath. Bath, UK.
  • 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility and the Failure to End Labour Exploitation (with LeBaron, G., Crane, A., Spence, L., & Soundararajan, V.). Delta 8.7. United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (3 September).
  • 2018 Earth System Governance Project (includes contributions from 26 authors). Earth System Governance: Science and Implementation Plan of the Earth System Governance Project. Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • 2018 Bloomfield, M.J. How Activism Pushes Companies to be Political. The Conversation (17 January).
  • 2018 Bloomfield. Love and Activism. Bath Business and Society (13 February).
  • 2015 Schleifer, P., and M.J. Bloomfield. When institutions fail: legitimacy, (de)legitimation and the failure of private governance systems. EUI Working Papers, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies 2015/36.
  • 2012 Environmental management for extractives. EPS-PEAKS, DFID, London, UK.
  • 2010 Bloomfield, M.J. Concerning gold, Tiffany, Wal-Mart and governance: how does variation amongst firms affect the regulatory capacity of non-state actors? Working Paper Series, Marie Curie Training Course, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.

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