Matthew Anderson

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Dr Matthew Anderson

The University of Portsmouth

United Kingdom

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Author's short biography:

My research explores the dynamics of Fair Trade as a social movement and looks to explain how socio-economic networks have evolved between co-operatives, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions and consumers.

I have recently completed a new book: A History of Fair Trade in Contemporary Britain: From civil society campaigns to corporate compliance (Palgrave Macmillan).
Matthew Anderson's publications

authors year title journal or book other lang type link
Anderson 2009 Consumerism and the Co-operative movement in modern British history Editors, Lawrence Black and Nicole Robertson, Manchester University Press English Book section Link
Anderson 2009 NGOs and Fair Trade: The Social Movement Behind the Label NGOs in Contemporary Britain Editors: N. Crowson, M. Hilton and J. McKay English Book section Link
Anderson 2012 The Processes and Practices of Fair Trade Brigitte Granville, Janet Dine (eds); London, Routledge English Book section Link
Anderson 2014 Crossfire: does fairtrade have more impact than conventional trade or trade certified by other sustainability standards? Food Chain 4 (1) : 7-13.   English Other Link
Anderson 2015 A History of Fair Trade in Contemporary Britain: From civil society campaigns to corporate compliance     English Book Link

Expertise Keywords: fairtrade foundation, ethical consumerism, co-operatives, ngos, global citizenship

Primary Expertise - Fair Trade Research
Research interest
Ethical consumerism, Fair Trade and global citizenship
Countries of expertise
UK, USA, Europe, Australia
Additional information on expertise
By constructing a historical assessment of fair trade my research aims to shed light on some of the key contemporary dilemmas facing the movement. These questions include: should fair trade constitute an alternative to the market or act as a transformative force within the market; does fair trade represent a new international moral economy; how can fair trade expand its market recognition and still maintain its founding values?

My research explores how a surprisingly broad spectrum of civil society groups came to identify with fair trade from the early 1970s. Led by development agencies, faith-based groups and campaign organisations fair trade was formulated as a powerful critique of global trade relations and promoted as a genuine opportunity for international development.