RRU faculty publish chapter on fair trade

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Two RRU faculty have published chapter on fair trade, peace and development in conflict zones in the Handbook of Research on Fair Trade, just released by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Two RRU faculty, Eileen Davenport (associate faculty in the School of Humanitarian Studies) and Will Low (professor in the School of Business), have a chapter in the Handbook of Research on Fair Trade, just released by Edward Elgar Publishing.

The first of its kind, this volume brings together 43 of the world’s foremost fair trade scholars from across the social sciences and around the world. The Handbook serves as both a comprehensive overview and in-depth guide to dominant perspectives and concerns. You can download the introductory chapter for free here.

According to the editors of the handbook, "Fair trade has emerged over recent decades as a buzzword used by social scientists, socially conscious businesses, international development practitioners, social movement activists and ethically minded consumers. As a concept, fair trade refers to a critique of the historical inequalities inherent in international trade and to a belief that trade can be made more socially just.”

In their chapter, ‘Fair Trade, Peace and Development in Conflict Zones’, Davenport and Low reinterpret fair trade’s emergence and evolution, “identifying the central role of peacebuilding as a driving force of the early movement and its subsequent marginalization in the mainstreaming of fair trade. The authors argue that the recent introduction of products from conflict and post-conflict zones, such as coffee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or olive oil from Palestine, marks a re-emergence of an intentional focus on peacebuilding as a principal objective, rather than a by-product, of fair trade.”