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

Office hours
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
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
Robert Eliakim Katikiro; Opportuna Leo Kweka; Rasul Minja; Faraja Namkesa; Stefano Ponte / Stakeholder Engagement and Conservation Outcomes in Marine Protected Areas : Lessons from the Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park (MBREMP) in Tanzania.
In: Ocean & Coastal Management, Vol. 202, 3.2021
Journal article > peer review
René Taudal Poulsen; Stefano Ponte; Judith van Leeuwen; Nishatabbas Rehmatulla / The Potential and Limits of Environmental Disclosure Regulation : A Global Value Chain Perspective Applied to Tanker Shipping.
In: Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 21, No. 2, 5.2021, p. 99–120
Journal article > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Duncan Wigan; Leonard Seabrooke; Jennifer Bair / Entangled Chains of Value and Wealth
Abstract from SASE 32nd Annual Conference 2020 - Virtual Conference, 2020
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Aarti Krishnan; Valentina De Marchi; Stefano Ponte / Environmental Upgrading in Global Value Chains : A Framework for Analysis.
Abstract from SASE 32nd Annual Conference 2020 - Virtual Conference, 2020
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Dan Brockington / From Pyramid to Pointed Egg? : A 20-year Perspective on Poverty, Prosperity, and Rural Transformation in Tanzania.
In: African Affairs, Vol. 119, No. 475, 4.2020, p. 203-223
Review > peer review
Stefano Ponte / Green Capital Accumulation : Business and Sustainability Management in a World of Global Value Chains.
In: New Political Economy, Vol. 25, No. 1, 1.2020, p. 72-84
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
School of Business and Humanities, Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania 2020 - Visiting Professor
Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova 2020-2021 Visiting Professor