Academic Qualifications

Doutoramento em Ciência Política, 2013 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Mestrado em Sociologia Aplicada, 2004 – University of Massachusetts, USA

Licenciatura em Economia, 2002 – West University of Timisoara, Romania

Biographical Information

I am a political economist interested in understanding the drivers, implications and governance of economic integration. Most of my work over the last years has explored the conditions under which improvements in the economic, labor and environmental aspects of production in global supply chains takes place, particularly in the electronics and automotive sectors of Eastern Central Europe. My dissertation and key publications, for example, examine the institutional aspects that facilitate implementation of labor standards among firms integrated in the global electronics industry. Building on this work, a part of my current research looks at the ability of the EU to promote labor standards through its European Neighbourhood (ENP) policies in Eastern Europe and North Africa. My ongoing research on the role of colonial legacies in contemporary international investment patterns have been supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian and Science & Technology Foundations (FCT), and is part of a book project to be completed in 2019.

Key Publications

Distelhorst, Greg; Richard Locke; Timea Pal and Hiram Samel (2015). Production goes global, compliance stays local: Private regulation in the global electronics industry. Regulation and Governance, 3, pp. 224-242.

Locke, Richard; Benjamin Rissing and Timea Pal (2013). Complements or Substitutes? Private Codes, State Regulation and the Enforcement of Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 51 (3), 519-552.

Pal, Times (2011). Staatliche und private Regulierung der. Elektronikindustrie in Mittel- und Osteuropa: Ersatz oder Ergänzung? In Hg. Gisela Burkhard (Ed.), Mythos CSR: Unternehmensverantwortung und Regulierungslücken. Horlemann Verlag: Bonn