Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)

Room: DH.Ø.2.23
E-mail: spo.msc@cbs.dk

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.

I am currently one of the editors of Review of International Political Economy.

Primary research areas
  • 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
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  • “Perspectives on Governance and Sustainable Development,” PhD course
  •  “Applied International Political Economy,” International Business and Politics Programme, MSc
  •  “Responsible Value Chains: A Path to Sustainable Development?” Business and Development Studies Programme, MSc
  • “Africa, Global Value Chains and Development,” Business and Development Studies Programme, MSc
  •  “Brand Aid: Cause-related Marketing, Celebrity Humanitarianism and Ethical Consumption”, Elective course, BSc/MSc

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



Contested Sustainability: The Political Ecology of Conservation and Development Partnerships in Tanzania, James Currey/Boydell & Brewer: Martelsham, UK and Rochester, NY– co-editor with Christine Noe and Daniel Brockington. Open access, available here: https://boydellandbrewer.com/9781847013224/contested-sustainability/


Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains, Zed Books: London and New York.


Handbook of Global Value Chains, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham – co-editor with Gary Gereffi and Gale Raj-Reichert.


2023  “Theorizing Power and Inequality in Global Value Chains,” Global Networks, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 679-686 – with Jennifer Bair & Mark Dallas http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12456
2023 “Entangled Chains of Global Value and Wealth,” Review of International Political Economy – with Jennifer Bair, Leonard Seabrooke & Dungan Wigan https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2023.2220268
2023 “State Action and Inaction in the Shaping of Value and Wealth Entanglements: The Role of Singapore in the Global ‘Gold Chain’”, Environment and Planning A, with Lotte Thomsen & Karen Lai https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0308518X231181128
2022 “Power and Inequality in Global Value Chains: A Taxonomy and an Illustrative Case Study,” Global Networks, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 755-771 – with Juliane Lang & Thando Vilakazi https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12411


“Environmental upgrading in global value chains: A framework for analysis,” Economic Geography – with Aarti Krishnan and Valentina de Marchi https://doi.org/10.1080/00130095.2022.2100340

Publications sorted by:
Axel Marx; Charline Depoorter; Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba; Rupal Verma; Mercedes Araoz; Graeme Auld; Janne Bemelmans; Elizabeth A. Bennett; Eva Boonaert; Clara Brandi; Thomas Dietz; Eve Fouilleux; Janina Grabs; Lars H. Gulbrandsen; James Harrison; Robert Heilmayr; Ariel Hernandez; Bernard Hoekman; Siti Rubiah Lambert; Eric Lambin; Li Li; Miet Maertens; Paulo Mortara Batistic; Etsuyo Michida; Junji Nakagawa; Archna Negi; Jorge A. Pérez-Pineda; Stefano Ponte; Ximena Rueda; Philip Schleifer; Vera Thorstensen; Hamish van der Ven / Global Governance Through Voluntary Sustainability Standards : Developments, Trends and Challenges.
In: Global Policy, 30.6.2024
Journal article > peer review
Jennifer Bair; Stefano Ponte; Leonard Seabrooke; Duncan Wigan / Entangled Chains of Global Value and Wealth
In: Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 30, No. 6, 12.2023, p. 2423-2439
Journal article > peer review
Aarti Krishnan; Valentina de Marchi; Stefano Ponte / Environmental Upgrading and Downgrading in Global Value Chains : A Framework for Analysis.
In: Economic Geography, Vol. 99, No. 1, 1.2023, p. 25-50
Journal article > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Reena Das Nair; Shingie Chisoro / Is Sustainability Governance Abetting Inequality? : Reflections from the South African Wine Value Chain.
In: Geoforum, Vol. 147, 12.2023
Journal article > peer review
Juliane Lang; Stefano Ponte; Thando Vilakazi / Linking Power and Inequality in Global Value Chains
In: Global Networks, Vol. 23, No. 4, 10.2023, p. 755-771
Journal article > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Jennifer Bair; Mark P. Dallas / Power and Inequality in Global Value Chains : Advancing the Research Agenda.
In: Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Vol. 23, No. 4, 10.2023, p. 679-686
Journal article > peer review
Adugna Bekele; Gezaghen Berecha; Caleb Gallemore; Janina Grabs; Kristjan Jespersen; Ng’winamila Kasongi; Melkamu Mamuye; Annkathrin Mathe; Guta Regasa Megerssa; Daniel Mwalutolo; Christine Noe; Stefano Ponte; Pilly Silvano; Weyessa Terefe; Suyana Terry; Nestory Yamungu / Site Selection Strategy for the PACSMAC Project
Frederiksberg : PACSMAC 2023, 23 p. (PACSMAC Working Paper, No. 2.1)
Working paper
Lotte Thomsen; Karen P.Y. Lai; Stefano Ponte / State Action and Inaction in the Shaping of Value and Wealth Entanglements : The Role of Singapore in the Global ‘Gold Chain’.
In: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 2023
Journal article > peer review
Reena Das Nair; Shingie Chisoro; Stefano Ponte / Sustainability in the South African Wine Industry : Status, Opportunities and Challenges.
Frederiksberg : Centre for Business and Development Studies 2023, 88 p. (CBDS Working Paper, No. 2023/3) (CCRED Working Paper)
Working paper > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Valentina de Marchi; Marco Bettiol; Eleonora Di Maria / The Horizontal Governance of Environmental Upgrading : Lessons from the Prosecco and Valpolicella Wine Value Chains in Italy.
In: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Vol. 55, No. 8, 11.2023, p. 1884-1905
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities
Name of contractual partner Duration of activity Type of activity
University of Johannesburg, CCRED 2020 - Distinguished Visiting Professor
Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova 2020-2021 Visiting Professor
Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Torino 2023-2024 Visiting Professor