Below are listed some of the current research projects at CBDS.

Current projects:

Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana (ACIG), 2019-2024

Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana (ACIG) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project investigating the dynamics of creative work and creative entrepreneurship in Ghana. Focusing on performing arts, film, fashion design and visual arts industries, a team of researchers from Copenhagen Business School, Loughborough University and University of Ghana works closely with private sector creative businesses and policy stakeholders to co-produce original empirical and theoretical knowledge on creative industries in an African context.

Project investigator: Thilde Langevang

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre


AfricaApparel: Decent Work and Global Value Chain-based Industrialization, 2020-2025

Global apparel buyers are looking to Sub-Saharan African countries as the last ‘cheap labor’ frontier for labor-intensive apparel production given that Asia’s dominance in apparel exports is set to decline, driven by increases in production costs and a turn to higher technological sectors and domestic markets. The shift of apparel production to SSA could be a win-win situation for global buyers and African governments, firms and workers: finding new low cost sourcing locations, and spurring inclusive industrialization and growth in SSA countries. Yet, evidence from other regions with apparel export industries shows that export firms face high competitive pressures and that jobs are characterized by very low wages and problematic working conditions. AfricaApparel asks whether Ethiopia and Kenya can harness the opportunities of participating in the apparel global value chain to drive industrialization that is sustainable both from the perspective of supplier firms and workers.

Principal investigator: Lindsay Whitfield 

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre

Circular Economy and Sustainable Development in the Bangladeshi Garment Industry (CREATE), 2022-2027

The global fashion industry must move from the linear take-make-waste system to a circular system, because making more clothes using virgin resources will not keep us within planetary boundaries of water use, CO2 emissions, use of chemicals and generation and disposal of waste. CREATE examines the circularity shift in apparel global value chains and the challenges and opportunities it presents to Bangladesh’s apparel export industry. It investigates how Bangladesh can restructure its textile and apparel industry not only to retain its position in the emerging circular apparel global value chains, but also use the new textile economy to drive green industrialization processes that create more jobs, higher incomes and stimulate innovation.

Co-investigator: Lindsay Whitfield

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre

Climate Change and Global Value Chains in Bangladesh, 2021-2025

This research and capacity building project will investigate how the garment/textile value chains connecting Europe/Bangladesh are being reconfigured in response to climate change. Our research will answer the following questions: How are the garment/textile value chains connecting Europe/Bangladesh being reconfigured in response to climate change, and what are the consequences for economic, social, and environmental upgrading in the garment/textile industries of Bangladesh? The main research objective is to create insights into the actors pushing for decarbonization and value chain resilience efforts in the garment/textile industries of Europe/Bangladesh; the drivers behind their engagement; the scope of their practices, experimentation, and collaboration; and the consequences for economic, social, and environmental upgrading in Bangladesh.

Principal investigator: Peter Lund-Thomsen

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre

Commodifying Compassion, 2017-2023

Today’s marketplace is inundated with products supporting humanitarian causes that promise to give aid to beneficiaries, provide ‘good feelings’ to consumers and promote the brands of corporations and humanitarian NGOs. The commodification of humanitarianism (turning people and causes into marketable things) is thus linked to the privatization of help (replacing public donors with private philanthropy) with significant and as of yet poorly understood consequences. Commodifying Compassion will explore these dynamics in three different contexts where humanitarianism has been a realm traditionally dominated by the state (Denmark), the church (Italy) and the market (United States). The overall objective of Commodifying Compassion is to understand how ‘helping’ has become a marketable commodity and how this impacts humanitarianism symbolically and materially.

Principal investigator: Lisa Ann Richey

Funding body: Danish Council for Independent Research


Environmental Maritime Governance in Kenya: Policy, Practice and Prospects for the Abatement of Shipping Air Emissions (EMG-K), 2022-2024

Kenya faces the challenge of facilitating economic development via its growing maritime trade while protecting the global climate and local air quality. The EMG-K project explores Kenya’s environmental maritime governance for the abatement of emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants from ships from the perspective of policymaking and policy practice. The project examines Kenya’s engagement in policy making in the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), which regulates shipping’s air emissions via the MARPOL Convention. EMG-K also studies the implementation and enforcement of IMO MARPOL Convention’s Annex VI in Kenyan ports. The project suggests ways to strengthen Kenya’s maritime governance, and supports Kenya’s efforts to mitigate climate change and improve local air quality.

Principal investigator: René Taudal Poulsen (CBS Department of Strategy and Innovation)

Co-investigators: Hannah Elliott, Stefano Ponte, Hans Krause Hansen

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre

Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania, 2019-2024

Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania (EveryHumanTZ) is a joint research project being conducted by researchers from public Universities from Denmark and Tanzania aiming to explore and understand the practices of everyday humanitarianism and the attitudes that ground them. The project is based at Copenhagen Business School and at the University of Dar es Salaam, also including Roskilde University, University of Copenhagen and London School of Economics.

Principal investigator: Lisa Ann Richey

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre


Hotspot of Multiple Stressors: Research-based Management of the Gulf of Guinea (HOTSPOT 2), 2022-2025

HOTSPOT2 is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project combining expertise in marine environment and anthropogenic stressors, coastal degradation and fisheries management, and livelihoods and mobility. This three-year project investigates the causes and consequences of degradation on Ghana’s coastal environment. The project is led by the Danish Technical University in Denmark (DTU) with CBS co-leading a workpackage on livelihoods and mobility in collaboration with University of Cape Coast in Ghana and Loughborough University in England.

Co-investigator: Thilde Langevang

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre

Paradoxes of Climate Smart Coffee (PACSMAC), 2021-2025

Focused on Ethiopia and Tanzania, the PACSMAC project will investigate how climate change – and the ways actors across the value chain are trying to adapt to or mitigate it – affect coffee farmers’ livelihoods and land-use decisions. Hereby, PACSMAC will illuminate the connection between smallholders’ opportunities to innovate to improve their livelihoods and firms’ and governments’ efforts to build and profit from global value chains.

Project investigator: Kristjan Jespersen

Funding body: Danida Fellowship Centre



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