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About Alastair Michael Smith

Dr Alastair Michael Smith's work focuses on a broad range of issues including international trade and livelihoods. Previously a Research Fellow at the School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University, UK, Alastair currently works as an independent consultant based in Colombia, and as a Research Associate for the Global Drug Policy Observatory, Swansea University UK. Alastair is also the Founding Director of Fairness UK, an international knowledge exchange network focused on trade justice, and a member of the Board of Directors at Fair Trade Wales. He tweets @SmithAlastairM.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

UK ‘Fairtrade’ Universities miss the point: Of both fair trade alternatives and the real function of universities

Fairtrade Universities focus too much on consumption and not enough on what universities are for: ideas.

Can buying 'freely traded' coffee be socially just?

As the rise in Colombia's mimimum wage impacts the country's coffee producers, how can consumers support socially just production?

Fair Trade and 'The Economist's Critique'

As Fairtrade Fortnight commences it is important to demystify the economic arguments surrounding fair trade.  Is it the case that promoting social justice in the supply chain can serve to undermine the long term prospects of poor southern producers?

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