I am primarily interested in transnational economic and environmental governance, with focus on overlaps and tensions between private authority and public regulation. My research, fieldwork, teaching and policy work is informed by international political economy approaches, global value chain analysis and convention theory.

I also analyze business-government-civil society interactions, economic development and environmental upgrading trajectories in global value chains - especially in Africa and in the global South. I am particularly interested in how sustainability labels, certifications and codes of conduct shape power relations in global value chains, and in how different forms of partnerships affect sustainability outcomes.

Finally, I am involved in projects critically examining the role of celebrities and branding in these processes, new forms of development aid, changing corporate social and environmental responsibility practices, and cause-related marketing.

Stefano Ponte

Director of CBDS

Professor

Room: DH.Ø.2.23

Tel:+4538154265

E-mail: spo.msc@cbs.dk

P R I M A R Y R E S E A R C H A R E A S


  • International Political Economy
  • Global Value Chains and Production Networks
  • Business and Development
  • Sustainability
  • Cause-related marketing, Brand Aid, role of celebrity mediation
  • Political economy of development and of Africa
  • Partnerships for sustainability




S E L E C T E D P U B L I C A T I O N S


Books: 2019 Green Capital, Brown Environments: Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains, Zed Books: London and New York (forthcoming) Handbook of Global Value Chains, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham – co-editor with Gary Gereffi and Gale Rej-Reichert (forthcoming) 2017 The Green Economy in the Global South, Routledge: London and New York – co-editor with Daniel Brockington 2014 New Actors and Alliances in Development, Routledge: London and New York – co-editor with Lisa Ann Richey 2011 Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World, University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis – co-author with Lisa Ann Richey Recent articles: 2019 Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives for Sustainability: A Cross-Disciplinary Review and Research Agenda,” Business Ethics Quarterly – with Frank de Bakker and Andreas Rasche (3rd author)

The Evolution of Power in the Global Coffee Value Chain,” Journal of Economic Geography, – with Janina Grabs (2nd author)
Green Capital Accumulation: Business and Sustainability Management in a World of Global Value Chains,” New Political Economy. 2018 Public Orchestration, Social Networks and Transnational Environmental Governance: Lessons from the Aviation Industry,” Regulation & Governance, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 23-48 – with Lasse Folke Henriksen Environmental Upgrading in Global Value Chains: The Role of Ports in the Greening of Maritime Transport,” Geoforum, Vol. 89, pp. 83-95 – with René Taudal Poulsen and Henrik Sornn-Friese From Smiling to Smirking? 3D Printing, Upgrading and the Restructuring of Global Value Chains,” Global Networks, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 57-80 – with Märtha Rehnberg




C O M M U N I C A T I O N


2018 René Taudal Poulsen; Stefano Ponte; Henrik Sornn-Friese / Kan havnene gøre søfarten grønnere?
In: Søfart, No. 15, 2018, p. 16 Comment/debate 2017 Stefano Ponte; René Taudal Poulsen; Jane Lister / Business and Transnational Environmental Governance
In: Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication, Governance. . ed. /Andreas Rasche; Mette Morsing; Jeremy Moon. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2017, p. 427-450 Book chapter > peer review 2015 Jane Lister; René Taudal Poulsen; Stefano Ponte / Maritime Shipping Must Come To Grips With Its CO2 Emissions
London : The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE 30.11.2015 Net publication - Internet publication 2013 Mette Morsing; Stefano Ponte; Barbara Louise Bech / Editorial CSQ
In: CBS Sustainability Quarterly , Vol. 5, 11.2013, p. 4 Journal article Stefano Ponte / Is the "Blue" Revolution Sustainable
In: CBS Sustainability Quarterly , Vol. 5, 11.2013, p. 12 Journal article 2012 Stefano Ponte / Sustainability Labels and Certifications : Do They Make a Difference?.
In: CBS Sustainability Quarterly , Vol. 3, 10.2012, p. 22-25 Journal article




S U P E R V I S I O N


Interested in supervising in the areas of:

  • Transnational Environmental Governance
  • Business and sustainability
  • Social and environmental labels and certification
  • Ethical and sustainable consumption
  • Global value chains and production networks (especially in the agro-food sector)
  • Cause-related marketing and brand aid
  • New forms of CSR and corporate philanthropy
  • Governance in North-South economic relations
  • Business, trade and development (especially in Africa)
  • Convention theory and management of quality/symbolic value




C O U R S E S


Teaching in 2019/20:

  • International Political Economy
  • Sustainability Challenges
  • Political Economy of Markets
  • CSR: A Path to Sustainable Development?
  • Brand Aid: Cause-related Marketing, Celebrity Humanitarianism and Ethical Consumption
  • Africa, Global Value Chains and Development

Office hours:
Fridays 13.00 - 15.00




R E S E A R C H P R O J E C T S


New Partnerships for Sustainability




I N T H E M E D I A


2019 Grønne løfter, beskidte aftryk 22/03/2019 // Weekendavisen // Rasmus Egmont Foss Commodifying Compassion: Linking Ethical Consumption with Everyday Humanitarianism 01/02/2019 // Cbs.dk (Copenhagen Business School) 2018 Debat: Klimaopråbets medunderskrivere 12/05/2018 // Politiken 2016 Virksomheder flytter grænser for bæredygtighed 06/06/2016 // Cbs.dk (Copenhagen Business School) 10 bæredygtige millioner til CBS-forskere 15/01/2016 // CBSObserver.dk 2014 Launch of the Copenhagen Sustainability Initiative (COSI) 21/11/2014 // Cbs.dk (Copenhagen Business School)





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