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What's Fair about Fair Trade?

What's Fair about Fair Trade?: Insights from Senegal and India
Speaker: Liz Cooper # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
31st Jan 2013 18:00 - 31st Jan 2013 20:00
Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square

To kick off the 2013 programme of events for the Fair Trade Academic Network and Just World Institute at the University of Edinburgh, we are delighted to announce a talk, followed by discussion, from Liz Cooper, our new Fair Trade Coordinator, drawing on her in-the-field experience of fair trade.

Liz will be available for further, informal questions over refreshments afterwards.

All students and staff welcome and we look forward to a lively, interdisciplinary debate. To reserve a place, please email:

View Liz's Prezi presentation from this talk.

More about the speaker:

Liz Cooper holds an MSc in Business and Community from the School of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath (2012), with a particular focus on the roles of the private sector in international development. Her dissertation explored NGO and development agency interventions in agro-commodity value chain development, and their effects on chain governance. She previously worked on a fair trade apparel manufacturing initiative at a local NGO in Delhi for a year, and on an organic fair trade cotton value chain development project with a local NGO in Senegal for three years. She has also undertaken consultancy work for Oxfam America, Pesticide Action Network Africa, and fair trade manufacturing start-ups in Senegal.

Liz joined the University of Edinburgh in November 2012 as Fair Trade Coordinator. Part of her role involves engagement and outreach within the university and beyond. She is also working on developing the Fair Trade Academic Network within the Just World Institute, encouraging inter-disciplinary inquiry into fairness in trade.