Nicole Janz, University of Cambridge

    About Nicole

    Nicole Janz is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Cambridge University. She holds a Magistra Artium (M.A.) degree in North American Studies and History from the Free University of Berlin (2008). In 2005/2006 she focused on human rights at Columbia University.
    Apart from that, Nicole has also received training as a journalist at the Berlin School of Journalism (2002). She worked as a political reporter in Berlin with a focus on women’s rights (2008-2009).

    During her undergraduate years Nicole was a member of the Amnesty International group at Free University of Berlin where she was responsible for organizing lectures and talks on human rights.


    PhD project


    CSR and Human Rights in Developing Countries


    Nicole’s research focuses on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and human rights. She is especially interested in the impact of CSR strategies of multinational companies on the protection of human rights in weak states. Her dissertation follows a mixed-methods approach. In a first step she analyzes the impact of FDI on human rights in developing countries (cross-sectional time series). In a second step she will examine mechanisms and causal links through a comparative case study. 



    Dr. Markus Gehring, University of Cambridge


    Publications and conferences




    "And no one will keep that light from shining". Civil Religion after September 11 in Speeches of George W. Bush. Nicole Janz, Lit-Verlag, 2010
    Menschenrechte – Globale Dimensionen eines universellen Anspruchs Nicole Janz/Thomas Risse (ed.) Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2007. 188pp., ISBN 3-8329-2279-2
    Conferences (selection)

    “When do MNCs do good?”, presented at the ISA Annual Convention (Montreal, March 2011)

    “Human Rights Responsibilities of Multinational Corporations in Developing Countries. What drives CSR?”, presented at the SGIR 7th Pan-European Conference (Stockholm, Sept 2010)

    Multinational corporations and human rights in developing countries”, presented at the European Business Ethics Network, UK (London, April 2010) 






    nicole.janz [at] doctoral-academy [dot] net