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 the Director of the Centre for Business and Development Studies at CBS.

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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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

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Fridays 13.00 - 15.00


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


2019   Green Capital, Brown Environments: Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains, Zed Books: London and New York (forthcoming)

2019   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) https://doi.org/10.1017/beq.2019.1

2019   “The Evolution of Power in the Global Coffee Value Chain,” Journal of Economic Geography, – with Janina Grabs (2nd author) https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbz008

2019   “Green Capital Accumulation: Business and Sustainability Management in a World of Global Value Chains,” New Political Economy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2019.1581152

2018   “Public Orchestration, Social Networks and Transnational Environmental Governance: Lessons from the Aviation Industry,” Regulation & Governance, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 23-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rego.12151  – with Lasse Folke Henriksen

2018   “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  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.01.011

2018    “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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/glob.12166/full


Publications sorted by:
Lisa Ann Richey; Stefano Ponte / Humanitarianism and Corporate Branding : The Case of Brand Aid.
In: Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication. ed. /Lilie Chouliaraki; Anne Vestergaard. Abingdon : Routledge 2022, p. 266-284
Book chapter > peer review
Stefano Ponte / The Hidden Costs of Environmental Upgrading in Global Value Chains
In: Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 29, No. 3, 6.2022, p. 818-843
Journal article > peer review
Rasul Ahmed Minja; Stefano Ponte; Asubisye Mwamfupe; Christine Noe; Daniel Brockington / The Legitimacy of Sustainability Initiatives in Tanzania
In: The European Journal of Development Research, 10.3.2022
Journal article > peer review
Lisa Ann Richey; Stefano Ponte / Brand Aid and Coffee Value Chain Development Interventions : Is Starbucks Working Aid Out of Business?.
In: World Development, Vol. 143, 7.2021
Journal article > peer review
Stefano Ponte / Bursting the Bubble? : The Hidden Costs and Visible Conflicts behind the Prosecco Wine ‘Miracle’.
In: Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 86, 8.2021, p. 542-553
Journal article > peer review
Pamela Mondliwa; Simon Roberts; Stefano Ponte / Competition and Power in Global Value Chains
In: Competition & Change, Vol. 25, No. 3/4, 7.2021, p. 328-349
Journal article > peer review
Christine Noe; Stefano Ponte; Dan Brockington; Anna Mdee; Cosmas Sokoni; Esbern Friis-Hansen; Verdiana Tilumanywa; Katherine A. Snyder; Emmanuel Sulle; Willie Östberg; Vesa-Matti Loiske; Monique Borgerhoff Mulder; Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt; Torben Birch-Thomsen / Epilogue : Doing Longitudinal Research.
In: Prosperity in Rural Africa?: Insights into Wealth, Assets, and Poverty from Longitudinal Studies in Tanzania. . ed. /Dan Brockington; Christine Noe. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 383-420
Preface/postscript > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Dan Brockington / Involution and Enterprise in Rural Areas : A Twenty-year Perspective on Rural and Agricultural Change in Morogoro.
In: Prosperity in Rural Africa?: Insights into Wealth, Assets, and Poverty from Longitudinal Studies in Tanzania. . ed. /Dan Brockington; Christine Noe. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 258-269
Book chapter > peer review
Stefano Ponte / Orchestrating Environmental Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains
In: Rethinking Value Chains: Tackling the Challenges of Global Capitalism. . ed. /Florence Palpacuer; Alistair Smith. Bristol : Policy Press 2021, p. 56-79
Book chapter > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Christine Noe; Asubisye Mwamfupe / Private and Public Authority Interactions and the Functional Quality of Sustainability Governance : Lessons from Conservation and Development Initiatives in Tanzania.
In: Regulation and Governance, Vol. 15, No. 4, 10.2021, p. 1270-1285
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