Stephanie Barrientos

Stephanie Barrientos is Professor of Global Development at the University of Manchester. Previously she was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Stephanie has researched and published widely on gender, agribusiness and employment in global value chains and production networks; trade and labour standards; corporate social responsibility, fair and ethical trade. She has undertaken research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She led DFID funded research on Gender and Ethical Trade in African Horticulture; Ford Foundation funded research on Fairtrade in Africa; and the UK Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Impact Assessment. She led research commissioned by Cadbury Mapping Sustainable Cocoa Production in Ghana and India. This informed formation of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership (UK£45m) followed by Mondelez Cocoa Life (US$400m) to support cocoa farmers, and Cadbury’s adoption of Fairtrade. She co-coordinated with Professor Gary Gereffi (Duke University) the DFID funded (UK£1.9m) international research network Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks involving 40 researchers in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA ( She has advised a large number of companies, NGOs, government and international organisations including Body Shop, Cadbury/Mondelez, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Oxfam, WIEGO, ILO, and UNTAD. Stephanie held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2013-16) working on a book manuscript Retail Shift: Gender and Work in Global Value Chains.

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