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.

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.



“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


“Competition, regulation and transformation: Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and quota allocations in South Africa’s industrial fisheries value chain,” Development & Change – with Thando Vilakazi http://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12724


“Competition and Power in Global Value Chains,” Competition & Change, Vol. 25, No. 3–4,  pp. 328–349 – with Pamela Mondliwa and Simon Roberts https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529420975154


“Green Capital Accumulation: Business and Sustainability Management in a World of Global Value Chains,” New Political Economy, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 72-84 https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2019.1581152


“Power in Global Value Chains,” Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 666-694 – with Mark Dallas and Tim Sturgeon https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2019.1608284


Publications sorted by:
Jennifer Bair; Stefano Ponte; Leonard Seabrooke; Duncan Wigan / Entangled Chains of Global Value and Wealth
In: Review of International Political Economy, 8.6.2023
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
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
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, 30.5.2023
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, Vol. 35, No. 3, 6.2023, p. 453-482
Journal article > peer review
Thando Vilakazi; Stefano Ponte / Black Economic Empowerment and Quota Allocations in South Africa's Industrial Fisheries
In: Development and Change, Vol. 53, No. 5, 9.2022, p. 1059-1086
Journal article > peer review
Christine Noe; Asubisye Mwamfupe; Opportuna Kweka; Ruth Wairimu John; Pilly Silvano; Faraja Daniel Namkesa; Robert Eliakim Katikiro; Rasul Ahmed Minja; Mette Fog Olwig; Dan Brockington; Stefano Ponte / Conservation and Development in Tanzania : Background, History, and Recent Developments.
In: Contested Sustainability: The Political Ecology of Conservation and Development in Tanzania. . ed. /Stefano Ponte; Christine Noe; Dan Brockington. Woodbridge : James Currey 2022, p. 33-70 (Eastern Africa Series, Vol. 54)
Book chapter > 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