The interaction of sustainability governance and global value chains has crucial implications the world over. When it comes to sustainability the last decade has witnessed the birth of hybrid forms of governance where business, civil society and public actors interact at different levels, leading to a focus on concepts of legitimacy within multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs). Based in over 15 years of theoretical engagement and field research, Business, Power and Sustainability draws from both labour-intensive value chains, such as in the agro-food sector (coffee, wine, fish, biofuels, palm oil), and from capital-intensive value chains such as in shipping and aviation, to discuss how sustainability governance can be best designed, managed and institutionalized in today’s world of global value chains (GVCs). Examining current theoretical and analytical efforts aimed at including sustainability issues in GVC governance theory, it expands on recent work examining GVC upgrading by introducing the concept of environmental upgrading; and through new conceptions of orchestration, it provides suggestions for how governments and international organizations can best facilitate the achievement of sustainability goals.
2019, co-editor with Gary Gereffi and Gale Raj-Reichert
Global value chains (GVCs) are a key feature of the global economy in the 21st century. They show how international investment and trade create cross-border production networks that link countries, firms and workers around the globe. This Handbook describes how GVCs arise and vary across industries and countries, and how they have evolved over time in response to economic and political forces. With chapters written by leading interdisciplinary scholars, the Handbook unpacks the key concepts of GVC governance and upgrading, and explores policy implications for advanced and developing economies alike.
2017, co-editor with Daniel Brockington
As multiple visions for a Green Economy seek to become real, so are green economic initiatives in the global South multiplying. These can offer integration into wealth-generating markets – as well as displacement, alienation, conflict and opportunities for ‘green washing’. The articles included in this collection bring together a multidisciplinary team of scholars and a range of case studies, from forestry governance to tourism to carbon finance, to provide nuanced analyses of Green Economy experiences in the global South – examining the opportunities they provide, the redistributions they entail and the kinds of resistance they face.
2011, co-author with Lisa Ann Richey
A critical account of the rise of celebrity-driven “compassionate consumption” Cofounded by the rock star Bono in 2006, Product RED exemplifies a new trend in celebrity-driven international aid and development, one explicitly linked to commerce, not philanthropy. Brand Aid offers a deeply informed and stinging critique of “compassionate consumption,” arguing that such campaigns advance the expansion of consumption far more than they meet the needs of the people they ostensibly serve.
2020 “From Pyramid to Pointed Egg? A Twenty-year Perspective on Poverty, Prosperity and Rural Transformation in Tanzania,” African Affairs – with Dan Brockington (1st author)
2020 “Private Authority and Public Policy in the Global South: Decentralization, Delegation and Securitization in Governance Spheres of Conservation,” Regulation & Governance – with Christine Noe and Asubisye Mwamfupe (1st author)
2020 “Green Capital Accumulation: Business and Sustainability Management in a World of Global Value Chains,” New Political Economy, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 72-84
2020 “The Factory Manager Dilemma: Purchasing Practices and Environmental Upgrading in Apparel Global Value Chains,” Environment and Planning A, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 766–789 – with Mahwish Khan and Peter Lund-Thomsen (2nd author)