The Centre for Business and Development Studies is pleased to announce that it has appointed an Advisory Board. The Board’s function will be to assist with the Centre’s strategic directions, quality controls of the research output and promote future collaboration throughout the next four years. We are looking forward to work together with: Dinah Rajak, University of Sussex; Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University Boston; Christine Noe, University of Dar es Salaam; Tobias Denskus, Malmö University; Cornelia Staritz, University of Vienna; Thando Vilakazi, University of Johannesburg; Neil Coe, National University of Singapore and Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan.
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.
Keynote speech: Communicating Commodified Compassion: Brand Aid in the Woke Age
18 September, 2019
At the 5th International CSR Communication Conference hosted by the Stockholm School of Economics, CBDS researcher Lisa Richey gave the opening keynote on brand aid and compassionate consumption at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
SDG Festival at CBS
13-14 September 2019
CBS News: On September 13th and 14th, CBS celebrated the local engagement in the Global Goals with the Municipality of Frederiksberg, Student & Innovation House, Copenhagen Business School and Sustainable Now.
Solbjerg Plads and the green area by Kilen were transformed into a colorful festival site buzzing with knowledge, motivation to act and empowering experiences for people of all ages.
At Festival for the Global Goals, various workshops, activities, debates and dialogues gave visitors an opportunity to learn more about sustainability and the 17 Global Goals - and not least get inspiration on to make a positive change.
More than 50 associations, companies, start-ups and institutions showcased sustainable initiatives and innovative solutions within climate, energy, waste management, recycling, consumption and food production.
Lecture: Commodifying Compassion: Buying Into Saving the World
CBDS researcher Lisa Richey gave a lecture at the EuroStorie research seminar in Helsinki organized by the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives in collaboration with Faculty of Social Sciences Development Studies, where she presented her current work on Commodifying Compassion and Brand Aid products.
Collaboration with CCRED, University of Johannesburg: CBDS Director Stefano Ponte holds inaugural lecture about disruptive technologies, sustainability management and the changing dynamics of global value chains
28 August 2019
Two main trends are re-shaping the dynamics of global value chains in the early 21st century: sustainability management; and disruptive technologies associated with the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sustainability management – the practices that corporations put in place to address environmental issues – is reshaping existing the spatial, organizational and technological features of production. At the same time, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies are changing the world of work and may push large groups of people off employment. These transformations may entail new economic geographies of production, divisions of labour, and regionalization dynamics – but they may also consolidate existing patterns and power dynamics. In his inaugural lecture at the University of Johannesburg, Professor Stefano Ponte explored the possible consequences of these radical changes for the future of business, society and the environment.
Associate Professor Lotte Thomsen elected International Officer of the Economic Geography Research Group Committee of the Royal Geographical Society
27 August 2019
Lotte Thomsen, Centre for Business and Development Studies, has been elected as International Officer for the Economic Geography Research Group Committee (EGRG) at the recent 2019 Annual General Meeting held in London. The EGRG is a research group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British geographers) (RGS-IBG). More than 230 Fellows of the RGS-IBG are members of the EGRG. Lotte will serve as International Officer for a period of 3 years.
Paper presentation by Lotte Thomsen at the annual international conference of the Royal Geographical Society
27 August 2019
Lotte Thomsen, Centre for Business and Development Studies, has presented a paper at the 2019 Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the British Institute of Geographers) in London . The paper presentation - and the forthcoming paper - is entitled 'Dialectics of Association and Dissociation: Exploring spaces of value creation and consumption in the gems and jewellery sector, and is co-authored with Martin Hess, Department of Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester.
CBDS co-hosted the 5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research (NorDev)
28 June 2019
End of June 2019, CBDS co-hosted the 5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research at Dalgas Have, CBS, gathering researchers from all over the world to discuss contemporary challenges of Development Research under the overall theme "Knowledge Production in North-South Collaboration: Challenges in an Era of New Global Divides".