Axel Marx is deputy-director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven. He studied in Leuven, Hull and Cambridge and holds a PhD from the University of Leuven.
His research focuses on global governance, sustainability standards, non-state market regulation, human rights, trade governance, research methodology, comparative case methods and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). His publications have appeared inter alia in European Political Science Review, Regulation and Governance, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of World Trade, Research in Sociology of Organizations, Journal of Socio-Economics, International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Human Rights Practice, International Labor Review, World Bank Legal Review, Asia-Europe Journal, Journal of Business Research, Globalizations and Sociological Methodology. He recently co-edited books on Global Governance and Private Standards (Edward Elgar with M. Maertens, J. Swinnen and J. Wouters, 2012), Global Governance of Labor Rights (Edward Elgar with J. Wouters, G. Rayp & L. Beke, 2015); Global Governance Through Trade (Edward Elgar with J. Wouters, B. Natens & D. Geraets, 2015). As an expert to policy-makers he has contributed to reports for inter alia UNIDO, ILO, European Commission, European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, Belgian Federal Government and Belgian Flemish Government and the Dutch Government.