2014 Oran R. Young Prize

Hamish van der Ven receives Oran R. Young Prize 2014


We congratulate Hamish van der Ven for winning the Oran R. Young Prize for his paper on The Correlates of Best Practice in Transnational Eco-Labeling as the best early-career paper of the 2014 Norwich Conference.

The Oran R. Young Prize awarded by the Earth System Governance Project seeks to reward and encourage cutting-edge research on earth system governance by early-career scholars who could become the next generation of leading scholars in the field of environmental governance research – a field shaped and significantly influenced by the pioneering work of Prof. Oran R. Young. Read more about the Prize here.

The Prize Committee received 22 paper submissions for consideration, most of them of very high academic quality and of strong relevance to earth system governance.

Hamish van der Ven is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on global environmental governance, private authority in the international system and corporate social responsibility.

His prize-winning paper explains the variation in compliance with best practices in standard-setting, compliance assurance, and impact evaluation by eco-labeling organizations by using multivariate regression analysis of an original dataset of transnational eco-labeling organizations policies and practices. His findings lend broad insight into the conditions under which rule-setting transnational governance is most likely to be rigorous and credible.


For winning the 2014 Oran R. Young Prize, Hamish van der Ven will receive a presentation plaque and a book-voucher from The MIT Press worth 250 US dollar.