PhD title: Reconfiguring Relations of Production: International Organizations and the Making of Global Classes.
Expected completion date May 2024
PhD supervisor and co-supervisor: Gian Luca Burci, Nico Krisch
My thesis explores the post-World War II histories of three international organizations and the ways in which they reconfigured relations of pordution around the 'materiality they managed: International Telecommunications Union and liberalization of telecommunication networks and services, International Maritime Consultative Organization and the rise of open shipping registries in the bulk sector, and International Tropical Timber Organization and the governance of 'sustainable forestry'. The three histories are brought together by three premises: states are manifestation of their local class strcutures; capitalist development involves commodification but also socialization; and hegemonic structures emerge from a convergence between material capability, ideas and institutions.