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Research & Publication

Research Interests

  • Education for "Sustainable Development" (ESD) and Pedagogical Innovation
  • International trade and trade justice, governance for sustainable development and its political ecology;
  • Local and international food regimes, food security and food sovereignty;
  • Livelihood decision making and its theorization, the informal economy, diversification and structural change;
  • Latin American drug markets and the interaction between drug policy and development practices; and
  • Place-based, local sustainable development.

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Paddock, J. & Smith, A. (2017). What role for trade in food sovereignty? Insights from a small island archipelago. Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1260553. [Publisher].
  • Doherty, B., Smith, A., & Parker, S., (2015) ‘Fair Trade Market Creation and Marketing in the Global South’. Geoforum, 67. [Publisher]. [Repository].
  • Baker, S., Paddock, J., Smith, A., Cullen-Unsworth, L., & Unsworth R., (2015), ‘An Ecosystems Perspective for Food Security in the Caribbean: Seagrass Meadows in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)’. Ecosystem Services, 11. Special Issue: Marine Economics and Policy related to Ecosystem Services: Lessons from the Mediterranean, Black and Caribbean Regional Seas. [Publisher]. [Repository].
  • Valasquez, D., Smith, A., and Sarkis, J. (2014), ‘Managing the Transition to Critical Green Growth: The “Green Growth State”’. Futures, 64. [Publisher]. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2014), ‘Access to the Fairtrade System: The geography of certification for social justice’. Food Chain. Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 49-65. [Publisher]. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2013), ‘Continuing the legacy of David Livingstone: The contribution of fair trade to international development’. Expository Times 125(2), pp. 53-66. [Publisher]. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2013), ‘What Does it Mean To Do Fair Trade? Ontology, praxis, and the ‘Fair for Life’ certification system’, Social Enterprise Journal. Vol. 9, No, 1 pp. 53-72. [Publisher]. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2013), ‘Fair Trade Governance and Diversification: The Experience of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi’, Geoforum. Vol. 48, pp. 114–125. [Publisher]. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2010), ‘Lack of Rigour Defending Fair Trade: Some important clarifications of a distorting account - a reply to Peter Griffiths’, Economic Affairs, Vol. 30 No. 2.[Publisher]. [Repository].
  • 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. [Publisher]. [Repository].
    • Winner of ‘Sanjaya Lall Award’ for Outstanding Contribution to the field of development research 2008-2010.
  • 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 No. 4. [Publisher]. [Repository].

Book chapters

  • Smith Alastair M. (2020), "Sustainable Development". Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education. Springer. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2019). "Innovative approaches to teaching sustainable development". Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education. Springer. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2017). ‘Access to the Fairtrade System: The geography of certification for social justice'. Fairtrade Impacts: Lessons from around the world. Ed. Valery Nelson. Practical Action Publishing. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2015), ‘”Fair Trade Places”, The Handbook of Research on Fair Trade’. Eds. Laura Raynolds & Elizabeth Bennett. Edward Elgar Publishing. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2013), ‘Cross-Border Innovation in South-North Fair Trade Supply Chains: The opportunities and problems of integrating fair trade governance into northern public procurement’, Eds. Diego Alfonso Vazquez Brust, Joseph Sarkis, James Cordeiro, Cross-border Partnerships for Sustainability and Innovation: A role for South-driven Sustainability? Springer. [Repository].
  • Morley, A. S., Sonnino, R. and Smith, A. 2012. Leading by Procuring: The power of the public sector purchasing. In: Rigling Gallagher, D. ed. Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook. London: SAGE Publications, pp. 113-121. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M., & F. VanderHoff B. (2012), ‘Comercio Justo México: Potential lessons for Fairtrade?’. Edited by Peter Utting, Darryl Reed & Ananya Mukherjee Reed. Business Regulation and Non-State Actors: Whose Standards? Whose Development? Routledge. London. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M., (2011), ‘Fair Trade’, in Green Business Encyclopaedia. Edited by Paul Robbins and Juliana Mansvelt. Sage. London.
  • Smith, Alastair M., (2011), ‘Green Washing’, in Green Business Encyclopaedia. Edited by Paul Robbins and Juliana Mansvelt. Sage. London.

Other publications

  • Smith, Alastair M. (2019). Climate Emergency Finally Recognised: Coventry Council to lead the world by doing nothing differently… United Nations Association, Coventry Branch. [Online].
  • Brown A. & Smith, A (2016). Topic Guide: Livelihoods and Urbanisation. Evidence on Demand. Department for International Development. London. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M. & M. Little (2016). The Fruits of Tourism in Panama and Costa Rica. School for Field Studies, Bocas del Toro, Panama. [Blog].
  • Smith, Alastair M. & L Ceballos (2015). The Forgotten Fruit of Bocas del Toro: The social, cultural and economic story of cacao. School for Field Studies, Bocas del Toro, Panama. [Blog].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2015). First Impression of Field-Based Teaching and Learning. School for Field Studies. School for Field Studies, Bocas del Toro, Panama. [Blog].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (November 2015). View From the Ground: Bocas del Toro; Drugs in Paradise. Global Drug Policy Observatory, Swansea. [Blog].
  • Smith, Alastair M (2015), ’Can Buying ‘Freely Traded’ Coffee be Socially Just?’ Open Democracy. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M (2015), ’View from the Ground: Infrastructure and Coca in Guaviare, Colombia‘. Global Drugs Policy Observatory, Swansea University, Wales, UK. [Blog].
  • Smith, Alastair M (2015), UK ‘Fairtrade’ Universities miss the point: Of both fair trade alternatives and the real function of universities. open Democracy. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2015). ‘Inclusive Growth: Improving Microfinance Regulation to Support Growth and Innovation in Microenterprise’. The Republic of Kenya Background Country Report. Informal Economies Observatory, School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University. [Repository].
  • Paddock, J & Smith, A (2015), ‘Education for culture? A comment on educational alignment, development and food production in the Turks and Caicos Islands‘. PLACE Institute, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. [Publisher].
  • Baker, S., Paddock, J., Cullen-Unsworth, L., Smith, A., & Unsworth R. (2013). Biodiversity and food security: Developing a collaborative policy for seagrass management in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). [Repository].
  • Smith, A. 2013. ‘Critical thinking about Fair Trade Nations: Evaluating Fair Trade's contribution to economic development’. Discussion Paper. Wales International Development Hub.
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2013), ‘Fair Trade and 'The Economist's Critique'‘. Open Democracy. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2011), ‘Just Trading Scotland: Impact of fairly traded Kilombero rice in Malawi’. Just Trading Scotland. Paisley. [Publisher].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2010), ‘Responding to Commentary? Changes in the Regulations of the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (on defining small farmers and development practice)’. Comment and Analysis Paper. BRASS. Cardiff. [Repository].
  • Smith, Alastair M. (2009), ‘Creative Public Procurement of Green and Fair, Local and Global’. Comment and Analysis Paper. BRASS. Cardiff. [Repository].
  • 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. Cardiff. [Repository].

Book reviews

  • Smith, Alastair M., (2012) ‘Book Review: Ryan, O. (2011) Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa’, Journal of International Development.