Contesting the Meaning of Fair Trade Policy and Practice:
Fair trade, public procurement and Malawian rice in Scottish schools
29th February 2012, 12.30pm
BRASS meeting room, 55 Park Place
Dr Alastair Smith
To mark national Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February – 11th March 2012), Dr Alastair Smith will be discussing his PhD research into the meaning of fair-trade policy and practice.
The talk reports on PhD research conducted into the incorporation of so-called fair trade governance into UK public procurement activity -- using the overall case study of Scotland. Research focused on how the concept of 'fair trade' is understood and operationalised by different stakeholders, and explores what implications the politics of interpretation in Scotland have for southern producers based in one of the world's least developed countries.
Free to attend and open to all.
A buffet lunch will be provided.
When & Where
The Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) is an ESRC funded interdisciplinary research centre combining expertise from the Business School, the Law School and the School of City and Regional Planning (CPLAN). Research at the centre focuses on business sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and particularly on the relationships between businesses and their key stakeholders (customers, suppliers, investors, workers, local communities and regulators).