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Fair Trade International Symposium

Following on from the success of the first three Fair Trade International Symposiums held in Montreal (2002 and 2006) and Montpellier (2008), a 4th symposium will be held at Liverpool Hope Business…Continue

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General

Alastair is a researcher at the ESRC Research Centre for Business, Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society and the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University. His work concerns the use of Fair Trade governance by public authorities to achieve the objectives of Sustainable Development. You can access his Phd thesis here.

Career Experience and Qualifications

Alastair graduated from the University of York in 2004 with a First Class Honours degree in History and Politics. After a six month period working in the north of England in a mixture of market research and financial management, Alastair travelled to Latin America to apply his experience in the context to micro-business development projects. Among the projects with which he had contact, Alastair spent time with an indigenous jam making project in Quetzatenango in the highlands of Guatemala, and an agro-tourism project in the Sacred Valley, Peru. Specifically, he was involved in consulting local groups on market research and marketing strategies (as well as designing and building the occasional bit of physical infrastructure).

Returning to the UK in the autumn of 2005, Alastair studied at Queen Elizabeth House, Centre for Development Studies at the University of Oxford, under the ESRC 2+2 studentship program. This course provided an interdisciplinary perspective (Alastair took foundation courses in Anthropology and Economics to compliment his undergraduate training in History and Politics) on a broad range of issues that face the developing world. As part of the course Alastair also completed ESRC accredited methods training.

It was this broad approach that Alastair applied to his dissertation that covered the subject of Fair Trade and its relationship to process of sustainable development. Specifically, the work addressed the applicability of Fairtrade certification to the value chain of garment production. In 2007 Alastair graduated with an MPhil in Development Studies.

After a brief break as a foreign language teacher, Alastair moved to the ESRC Centre for Business Relationship, Accountable, Sustainability and Society, to complete his PhD in association with the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Smith, Alastair M. (2009), "Fair Trade Diversification and Structural Change: Towards a broader framework of analysis", Oxford Journal of Development Studies. Vol. 37 No. 4.

Smith, Alastair M. (2009), "Evaluating the Criticisms of Fair Trade: How strong is the argument that consumers and businesses should abandon Fair Trade as a means to socialise their economic decisions?", Economic Affairs. Vol. 19/4.


Consultancy Projects

Fairtrade Foundation. EGALITE, FRATERNITE, SUSTAINABILITE: why the climate revolution must be a fair revolution


Other Outputs

Smith, Alastair M., Creative Public Procurement of Green and Fair, Local and Global. Comment and Analysis Paper. BRASS.

Smith, Alastair M., Fair Trade in the ‘Periphery’: The development of Comercio Justo México and potential lessons for FLO Fairtrade. Comment and Analysis Paper. BRASS.

Smith, Alastair M. (2008), ‘A Response to the Adam Smith Report and A New Way to Think About Measuring the Content of the Fair Trade Cup’. Comment and Analysis Paper. BRASS.
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Conference Papers

Smith, Alastair M. (2009), 'FLO Fair Trade Diversification And Structural Change: Building an alternative theoretical argument'. International Workshop: Fair Trade – A Moral Economy? Does Fair Trade Change the Rules of the Economic Game?, CRASSH Centre, Cambridge University, 22 May 2009.

Smith, Alastair M. (2008), ‘Fair Trade: A governance framework to promote sustainable development?’ Fair Trade Conference, University of Swansea, Wales.

Smith, Alastair M. (2008), ‘Fair Trade and Sustainable Development’, Development Studies Association, Welsh Network of Development Researchers Conference: Perspectives on Development V, Gregynog Hall, Powys, Wales.

Teaching

Alastair has delivered lectures in the following modules:

Local Food and Sustainable Development (MSc.).
Local Food Systems Versus Fair Trade: competing Narratives of Sustainable Development (Click to view presentation).

Peer-Review

Alastair has acted as a referee for the following journals:
International Journal of Consumer Studies (2008-)
Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning (2009-)

Projects

April 2009 - Developed and coordinated 'Uniting Research, Policy and Practice in Fair
Trade: A Knowledge Exchange Workshop'. St Michael's College. Cardiff.

2009 - Developed and coordinates the Fairness UK network.

Nov-Dec 2008 - Contributor towards TWIN Trading's application for a UK Department for
International Development, Development Awareness Fund. PL 09-10-0115 TWIN.

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Fair Trade International Symposium 2012 at Liverpool Hope Business School

April 2, 2012 to April 4, 2012
Following on from the success of the first three Fair Trade International Symposiums held in Montreal (2002 and 2006) and Montpellier (2008), a 4th symposium will be held at Liverpool Hope Business School on 2nd-4th April 2012. For this 4th edition, the symposium gathering academics and practitioners will host the final conference of the EU-funded “GeoFairTrade” project. Please see our website for more details and sign up…See More
Mar 23, 2012
Danny Jang left a comment for Alastair Smith
"Can you do me a favor?"
Mar 23, 2012
Alastair Smith replied to Richard Fox's discussion Food miles
"Dear Richard, Not sure what is up with the links, they all provide access to freely available text at this this end, but my IT skills might not what I assumed. I have attached the papers (the second of which has to be a pre-published version…"
Feb 3, 2012
Alastair Smith posted a discussion

Fair Trade International Symposium

Following on from the success of the first three Fair Trade International Symposiums held in Montreal (2002 and 2006) and Montpellier (2008), a 4th symposium will be held at Liverpool Hope Business School on 2nd-4th April 2012. For this 4th edition, the symposium gathering academics and practitioners will host the final conference of the EU-funded “GeoFairTrade” project.For more information see the …See More
Feb 3, 2012
Alastair Smith replied to Richard Fox's discussion Food miles
"Hi Richard, I have delt with some of these issues in work with the Fairtrade Foundation and as an independent academic. For your interest: Smith, Alastair M., Lies Craeynest and the Fairtrade Foundation (2009), Egalite, Fraternite, Sustainabilite:…"
Feb 3, 2012
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Feb 3, 2012
Alastair Smith left a comment for Abi Macbeth
"The 4th in the series of International Fair Trade Symposiums will be held at Liverpool Hope Business School from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2012. The event will be held in conjunction with the GEO FairTrade Final Conference, will bring together…"
Jan 11, 2012
Bruce Crowther and Alastair Smith are now friends
Oct 20, 2011
Alastair Smith posted a status
"hopes there is grassroots interest in the 4th Fair Trade International Symposium and GeoFairTrade Conference http://ning.it/oBE0YF April12"
Oct 11, 2011
Alastair Smith and abena boahene are now friends
Oct 11, 2011
Elizabeth Underhill left a comment for Alastair Smith
"Dear Alastair, Liverpool Hope University proudly announces our brand new qualification in Fair Trade. • Learn about the development and structure of Fair Trade, how it works, its impact and guidance on using the FAIRTRADE mark. • Gain an…"
Aug 8, 2011
Alastair Smith replied to Gabriele Conradie's discussion Dissertation - Fair Trade
"Porter's paper was in the Harvard Business Review. But there are lots of summaries such as this one: http://hbr.org/2011/01/the-big-idea-creating-shared-value/ar/1   Yes I have made an effort to discuss the nature of evidence that under…"
Jun 14, 2011
Alastair Smith replied to Gabriele Conradie's discussion Dissertation - Fair Trade
"Well I guess you could evaluate fair trade against Carol's model, asking if fair trade can be considered to legitimately fit with the four requirements for CSR. You could probably get data to examine if fair trade has made money for SB (my…"
Jun 14, 2011
Alastair Smith replied to Gabriele Conradie's discussion Dissertation - Fair Trade
"Many thanks! I just hope the examiners like my effort!   Wow, its hard to give generic advice but I would make sure you make an appropiate and critical review of the available literature - use this to develop the content of your own…"
Jun 14, 2011
Alastair Smith replied to Gabriele Conradie's discussion Dissertation - Fair Trade
"Hi everyone, I have just handed in my PhD on the subject of fair trade and public procurement - and as such have touched quite a lot on Fairtrade Towns and other accreditation. You might find some of the literature that I used useful, for example…"
Jun 14, 2011
Alastair Smith posted an event
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Fair Trade International Symposium 2012 at Liverpool Hope Business School

April 2, 2012 to April 4, 2012
Following on from the success of the first three Fair Trade International Symposiums held in Montreal (2002 and 2006) and Montpellier (2008), a 4th symposium will be held at Liverpool Hope Business School on 2nd-4th April 2012. For this 4th edition, the symposium gathering academics and practitioners will host the final conference of the EU-funded “GeoFairTrade” project. Please see our website for more details and sign up…See More
Jun 14, 2011

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At 9:38 on August 8, 2011, Elizabeth Underhill said…
Dear Alastair,

Liverpool Hope University proudly announces our brand new qualification in Fair Trade.

• Learn about the development and structure of Fair Trade, how it works, its impact and guidance on using the FAIRTRADE mark.

• Gain an accredited postgraduate qualification

The course is designed for all those working and volunteering in the fair trade sector including; managers and employees of fair trade organisations, campaigners in Fairtrade Towns and campaign organisations. Plus policy makers.

Delivered by our new Centre for Fair Trade Studies this specialist postgraduate qualification takes place on 16th to 18th September 2011 at Liverpool Hope University’s stunning Hope Park campus. Optional first class bed and breakfast accommodation is available for delegates.

To book a place on our Fair Trade course, or for further information please reply to this post or contact:

Elizabeth Underhill
T: 0151 291 2157
E: underhl@hope.ac.uk

Please feel free to distribute to any interested colleagues or partners who might benefit from attending such a course with other likeminded individuals.
At 12:49 on March 23, 2012, Danny Jang said…

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