FTIS 2018 Further information

Since the first Fair Trade International Symposium in 2002, it has evolved to become the preeminent academic conference and international meeting for scholars, practitioners and policymakers working in the area of Fair Trade. The symposium has become a unique platform for academics and practitioners to exchange ideas, build and consolidate networks, develop projects and identify new areas of research.

For FTIS 2018, we have confirmed speakers from across the Fair Trade movement including: Rudi Dalvai, President of WFTO; Darío Soto Abril, CEO Fairtrade International; Tsitsi Choruma, COO Fairtrade Africa; Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the International Development Committee.

We are also extremely pleased to be welcome Dr Vandana Shiva to deliver a Special Address on ‘Fair Trade and sustainable food production’.

We cordially invite you to join us in June 2018 at the sixth Fair Trade International Symposium which will take place at Portsmouth (in the South of England), where we look forward to continuing this tradition of engagement and impact.

The conference will be organised by the Portsmouth Business School, in cooperation with the FTIS Steering Group and supported by representatives from WFTOFairtrade InternationalFair Trade Advocacy Office and Fairness Networks.

Conference Theme

The main theme of the conference is ‘Fair Trade and the SDGs: Investigating the fairness of sustainable development’.

While all of the goals are relevant for Fair Trade producers, Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office have jointly identified the following nine SDGs as the most closely related to Fair Trade’s role in global supply chains:

  • SDG 1 - No poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13 - Climate action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

These are, however, not exclusive topics so we will be happy to consider academic papers that fall within the broader remit of Fair Trade and sustainable development.

The Organising Committee includes:

Matthew Anderson (University of Portsmouth)

Sergi Corbalán (Fair Trade Advocacy Office)

Marie-Claude Desjardins (University of Sherbrooke)

Roberta Discetti (University of Portsmouth)

Bob Doherty (University of York)

Christine Gent (World Fair Trade Organization)

Arisbe Mendoza Escalante (Fairtrade International)

Alan Tait (University of Portsmouth)

Anne Tallontire (University of Leeds)

FTIS 2018 Track Chairs

FTIS 2018 Scientific Committee

Marco Coscione, CLAC, El Salvador

Eileen Davenport, Royal Roads University, Canada

Marie-Claude Desjardins, Université de Sherbrooke,


Bob Doherty, University of York, UK

Agatha Herman, Cardiff University, UK

Will Low, Royal Roads, Canada

Alex Nicholls, University of Oxford, UK

Darryl Reed, York University, Canada

Laura Raynolds, Colorado State University, USA

Alastair Smith, University of Warwick, UK

Anne Tallontire, University of Leeds, UK

 Gavin Allwright, IWSA, UK

Matthew Anderson, University of Portsmouth, UK

Amina Béji-Bécheur, L'Université Paris Est, France

Elizabeth Bennett, Lewis & Clark College, USA

Aurélie Carimentrand, IHEAL, France

Paul Cloke, University of Exeter, UK

Mantiaba Coulibaly, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Peter van Dam, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ian Davies, University of Bath, UK

Ivan Dufeu, Oniris Nantes, France

Gavin Fridell, Saint Mary’s University, Canada