Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)

Room: DAL/2Ø.023
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.

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 2018/19

  • International Political Economy
  • Sustainability Challenges
  • 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:

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:
Emmanuelle Cheyns; Stefano Ponte / Convention Theory in Anglophone Agri-food Studies : French Legacies, Circulation and New Perspectives.
In: Ecology, Capitalism and the New Agricultural Economy: The Second Great Transformation. . ed. /Gilles Allaire; Benoit Daviron. Abingdon : Routledge 2018, p. 71-94 (Critical Food Studies)
Book chapter > peer review
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 > peer review
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 > peer review
Lasse Folke Henriksen; Stefano Ponte / Public Orchestration, Social Networks, and Transnational Environmental Governance : Lessons from the Aviation Industry.
In: Regulation and Governance, Vol. 12, No. 1, 3.2018, p. 23-45
Journal article > peer review
Mark Dallas; Stefano Ponte; Timothy Sturgeon / A Typology of Power in Global Value Chains
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2017, 37 p. (Working Paper in Business and Politics, No. 92)
Working paper > peer review
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 > peer review
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 > peer review
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 > peer review
Stefano Ponte; Christine Noe; Opportuna Kweka; Baruani Mshale; Emmanuel Sulle; Daniel Brockington; Elikana Kalumanga; Rasul Ahmed Minja; Adriana Budeanu; Asubisye Mwamfupe; Lasse Folke Henriksen; Mette Fog Olwig; Pilly Silvano; Faraja Namkesa; Ruth John; Robert Katikiro; Mathew Bukhi Mabele / New Partnerships for Sustainability (NEPSUS) : Concepts, Research Design and Methodologies.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2017, 34 p. (NEPSUS Working Paper, No. 1, Vol. 2017)
Working paper
Robert Katikiro; Opportuna Kweka; Faraja Namkesa; Stefano Ponte; Rasul Ahmed Minja / Sustainability Partnerships for the Governance of Coastal Resources in Tanzania
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2017, 26 p. (NEPSUS Working Paper, No. 17-5)
Working paper
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