Call for Papers
Theme: Fair Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals
Subtitle: Investigating the Fairness of Sustainable Development
Type: Fair Trade International Symposium 2018
Institution: Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth
Location: Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require the combined action
of government, civil society and business in order to develop
solutions to the complex challenges of poverty, inequality and
climate change. Fair Trade has been recognised as a socially focussed
business model that can promote and support the roadmap to a
sustainable food and agriculture system.
The aim of this conference is to investigate the ethics and practice
of fairness that constitute the processes, goals and indicators of
sustainable development. We encourage researchers and practitioners
to use the SDGs as a lens to explore and assess Fair Trade's
contribution to date and potential to support a global agenda towards
FTIS 2018 Conference Themes:
SDG 1 - No poverty:
How can Fair Trade contribute to the overarching goal of ending
poverty in all its forms everywhere? How can researchers and
practitioners measure and assess Fair Trade’s impact on poverty
reduction? Can researchers measure changes in poverty reduction by
putting a value on poverty reduction, what metrics might be used to
measure impact beyond financial benefits?
SDG 2 - Zero hunger:
How does Fair Trade support sustainable agriculture and food
security? To what extent do Fair Trade interventions increase
standards of living and reduce vulnerability of smallholder farmers
SDG 5 - Gender equality:
How does Fair Trade ensure that women receive equal pay to men? Do
Fair Trade organisations enable women to participate fully in
decision-making? What can Fair Trade contribute towards the changing
of social norms in supply chains leading to increased female producer
empowerment, including involvement in cooperative and union
SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth:
How can standard-setting approaches, such as Fair Trade, improve
working conditions and livelihoods in global supply chains? How do
differences in market structures and institutional networks affect
the dynamics and efficacy of Fair Trade programmes?
SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities:
How does Fair Trade seek to address issues of inequality in
international trade? How can Fair Trade address imbalances in power
and influence between stakeholders in the Global North and Global
SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production:
How does Fair Trade support a policy and market environment that
promotes sustainable consumption and production? What does ethical
consumption look like in ‘emerging economy’ contexts, and how does
this inform existing notions of Fair Trade? To what extent are public
policies on sustainable production and consumption addressing the
fairness dimensions of sustainability? What are the risks and
opportunities of governments engaging with Fair Trade?
SDG 13 - Climate action:
How does Fair Trade promote sustainable farming practices? What is
the balance between climate change mitigation and adaptation? What
are the opportunities and challenges in the generation of ‘carbon
credits’ by Fair Trade producers and how might this encourage or
hinder sustainable development?
SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions:
How does Fair Trade support inclusive societies, access to justice
and accountable and effective institutions? What role can Fair Trade
organisations play in influencing the accountability of institutions
at a national and international level?
SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals:
How has Fair Trade developed local and global partnerships? What are
the challenges of shaping and influencing a multi-stakeholder
initiative? What is the place of Fair Trade in the adoption of
regulations and incentive structures by states to attract investments
and reinforce sustainable development? Fair Trade is a
multi-stakeholder partnership, what private or public governance
models (within or beyond the Fair Trade movement) are best equipped
to maintain a producer-oriented transformative agenda for Fair Trade?
This list is indicative of some of the topics and questions that we
consider will be of interest to Fair Trade scholars and stakeholders
– however, we also encourage papers that explore alternative
approaches and new perspectives on SDGs beyond those identified here.
Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts via the online
submission page by 15 January 2018:
Notification of acceptance/rejection will be emailed to authors by 16 February 2018.
The extended abstract should NOT include author names. The coversheet
should include the following information: title of the paper,
authors’ names and affiliation, conference track theme and keywords.
Submissions should also include a short abstract (max. 150 words) to
be included in the conference proceedings.
Please download the detailed Call for Papers:
Researchers and practitioners who would like to present a paper are
invited to submit an extended abstract (5 pages written in English).
Paper sessions will include time for audience questions and feedback.
Full papers will be eligible for a Best Conference Paper Award.
The abstract should include the theme addressed, the applied theory
and methodology, the results obtained and the main bibliography. The
abstract should not contain any reference to authors’ names, either
in the text or in the bibliography.
Participants are also given the opportunity to submit a 1 page
abstract for poster presentations. Poster abstracts can be written in
English, French or Spanish. Limited translation support will be
provided, but authors are encouraged to consider an effective
presentation format for an international audience.
A workshop is a working meeting that focuses on a specific area
related to the conference themes. Proposals for workshops should be
3-5 pages in length. Workshop convenors will not be anonymous to the
The proposal should include a brief overview of the area of research,
teaching or practice that will be addressed; a summary of the
session’s planned activities; and a brief discussion of the workshop
leaders and some tentatively identified participants.
A workshop session can require participants to read and prepare
feedback on one another’s abstracts or do some other preparation
prior to the session.
The emphasis of the PhD workshop is on personal academic and research
development. The session will be limited to a maximum of 10 students
who will each have the opportunity to make a presentation providing a
summary of their work and outlining questions and issues for
discussion. The workshop will also be attended by a small number of
more experienced and senior academics who will provide guidance and
Abstracts for the PhD workshop should be 3-5 pages in length.
Delegates should outline their current, or proposed, PhD research
project including details of the background literature, applied
theory and methodology, (tentative) findings and the main
Matthew Anderson (University of Portsmouth)
Sergi Corbalán (Fair Trade Advocacy Office)
Marie-Claude Desjardins (University of Sherbrooke)
Roberta Discetti (University of Portsmouth)
Bob Doherty (University of York)
Christine Gent (World Fair Trade Organization)
Arisbe Mendoza Escalante (Fairtrade International)
Alan Tait (University of Portsmouth)
Anne Tallontire (University of Leeds)
Dr Matthew Anderson
Portsmouth Business School
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth PO1 3DE