Department of Business and Politics


Room: SBV/22
E-mail: sp.dbp@cbs.dk

I am primarily interested in transnational economic and environmental governance, with focus on overlaps and tensions between private governance 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 analyze governance dynamics and economic and environmental upgrading trajectories in global value chains — especially in developing countries and in Africa. I am particularly interested in how sustainability standards, labels and certifications shape agro-food value chains, and in how different forms of partnerships affect sustainability outcomes.

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


Primary research areas
  • International Political Economy
  • Global Value Chains and Production Networks
  • Sustainability -- especially standards, labels and certifications
  • Cause-related marketing, Brand Aid, role of celebrity mediation
  • Political economy of development and of Africa
  • Business and Politics in Africa
  • Partnerships for sustainability


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Teaching in 2015/16:

  • International Political Economy
  • Sustainability Challenges 1
  • Sustainability Challenges 2



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.


Selected publications
Selected recent articles:
“The Green Economy in the Global South”, Third World Quarterly (2015) Vol. 36, No. 12 – co-editor with Daniel Brockington. 
“Orchestrating Transnational Environmental Governance in Maritime Shipping,” Global Environmental Change (2015), Vol. 34, pp. 185-195 – with Jane Lister and René Taudal Poulsen
“Explaining Governance in Global Value Chains: A Modular Theory-building Effort,” Review of International Political Economy (2014) Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 195-223 – with Tim Sturgeon
“Certify Sustainable Aquaculture?” Science (2013), Vol. 341, No. 6150, pp. 1067-1068 – with Simon Bush et.al
Selected books:
New Actors and Alliances in Development, Routledge: London and New York (2014) – co-editor with Lisa Ann Richey
Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World, University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis (2011) – co- author with Lisa Ann Richey
Governing through Standards: Origins, Drivers and Limitations, Palgrave MacMillan: London and New York (2011) – co-editor with Peter Gibbon and Jakob Vestergaard
Trading Down: Africa, Value Chains and the Global Economy, Temple University Press: Philadelphia (2005) – co-author with Peter Gibbon
The Coffee Paradox: Global Markets, Commodity Trade and the Elusive Promise of Development, Zed Books: London and New York (2005) – co-author with Benoit Daviron


Publications & dissemination
René Taudal Poulsen; Stefano Ponte; Henrik Sornn-Friese / Environmental Upgrading in Global Value Chains : The Potential and Limitations of Ports in the Greening of Maritime Transport.
In: Geoforum, Vol. 89, 2.2018, p. 83-95
Journal article
Märtha Rehnberg; Stefano Ponte / From Smiling to Smirking? : 3D Printing, Upgrading and the Restructuring of Global Value Chains.
In: Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2018, p. 57-80
Journal article
Lasse Folke Henriksen; Stefano Ponte / Public Orchestration, Social Networks, and Transnational Environmental Governance : Lessons from the Aviation Industry.
In: Regulation & Governance, Vol. 12, No. 1, 3.2018, p. 23-45
Journal article
Mark Dallas; Stefano Ponte; Timothy Sturgeon / A Typology of Power in Global Value Chains
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [wp] 2017, 37 p. (Working Paper in Business and Politics, No. 92)
Working paper
Daniel Flentø; Stefano Ponte / Least-developed Countries in a World of Global Value Chains : Are WTO Trade Negotiations Helping?.
In: World Development, Vol. 94, 6.2017, p. 366-374
Journal article
Emmanuelle Cheyns; Stefano Ponte / L’économie des Conventions dans les Études Agro-alimentaires Anglophones : Filiations avec L’école Française, Circulation et Nouvelles Perspectives.
In: Transformations et Transitions dans L’agriculture et L’agro-alimentaire. ed. /Gilles Allaire; Benoit Daviron. Versailles : Editions Quae 2017, p. 339-363
Book chapter
Stefano Ponte / Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda
In: Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 44, No. 154, 2017, p. 683–684
Book review
Dan Brockington; Stefano Ponte / The Green Economy in the Global South : Experiences, Redistributions and Resistance.
In: The Green Economy in the Global South. ed. /Stefano Ponte; Daniel Brockington. Abingdon : Routledge 2017 (ThirdWorlds)
Book chapter
Stefano Ponte (Editor) ; Daniel Brockington (Editor) / The Green Economy in the Global South
Abingdon : Routledge 2017, 168 p. (ThirdWorlds)
Stefano Ponte / The Politics of Ownership : Tanzania Coffee Policy in the Age of Liberal Reformism.
In: The African Affairs Reader: Key Texts in Politics, Development, and International Relations. . ed. /Nic Cheeseman; Lindsay Whitfield; Carl Death. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2017, p. 129-147
Book chapter
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