Professor Alexandra Hughes
Professor of Economic Geography
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Roles and Responsibilities:
Editorial Board Member of the RGS-IBG Book Series published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2013-present
Editorial Board Member of Journal of Economic Geography, 2017-
Editorial Board Member of Economic Geography, 2017-
Associate Editor of Competition and Change (Sage), 2016-
Member of ESRC Peer Review College, 2015-
External Examiner, Southampton University Geography BA Programme, 2016-
Chair of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG), 2012-15
Research Director for the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, 2014-2017
Economic Geography: cultural political economy; postcolonial economies; global value chains and production networks; knowledge and economy; rethinking economy; transnational retailers and corporate responsibility; retailer-supplier relationships in the UK and USA; ethical trade and labour in South Africa, Kenya and Pakistan; tackling anti-microbial resistance in food supply chains; regulation and governance; corporate social responsibility and sustainability; the audit economy; learning networks; ethical public procurement; ethical consumption in the global South; qualitative research methods.
Research and Impact Funding
2017-2018: Economic and Social Research Council, £174,934, "Corporate food retailers, meat supply chains and the responsibilities of tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR)" (Principal Investigator) with Dr Emma Roe
and Profs Neil Wrigley, Bill Keevil and Michelle Lowe
2016-2019: British Academy/Newton Advanced Fellowship held by Dr Shari Daya of the University of Cape Town with Hughes as Co-Investigator and Newcastle University as UK host institution, £75,988, "Consumer ethics in post-apartheid South Africa"
2017-2018: N8 (Northern 8), £22,384, "Sustainable food consumption and agri-food ethics in the global South: developing pathways to impact" (Principal Investigator) with Profs Mike Crang, Cheryl McEwan, Bob Doherty and Dorothea Kleine and Drs Hector Gonzalez and Fernando Fastaso
2017-18: Economic and Social Research Council North East Impact Acceleration Fund Award, £21,003, "Converting Sustainable Wildflower Harvesting Resources into a Mobile App" (with Prof Cheryl McEwan)
2016: Economic and Social Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund Impact Acceleration Account, £17,497, "Deepening UK Markets for Sustainably Harvested Wildflowers and Sharing Best Practice with Wider Ethical Trade Networks"
2016-2017: Economic and Social Research Council North East Impact Acceleration Fund Award, £9,984, "Launching and Embedding Sustainable Harvesting Tools in the South African Fynbos Industry" (with Prof Cheryl McEwan)
2015-2016: Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account Award, £9,994, "Developing and Embedding the Wild Fynbos Harvesting Guide"
2014: Elsevier, $30,000, Inaugural Geoforum Workshop, "Ethical Consumption and the Globalizing Middle Classes: Philosophies, Policies and Practices" (with Prof Mike Crang)
2013-2014: Economic and Social Research Council (Knowledge Exchange), £74, 210 (RCUK contribution), "Developing Sustainable Wildflower Harvesting for Global Supply Chains" (Principal Investigator) with Prof Cheryl McEwan and Dr David Bek (RA)
2010-2012: Leverhulme Trust, £180,722, "Ethical Production in South Africa: Advancing a Cultural Economy Approach” (Co-Investigator) with Prof Cheryl McEwan (Principal Investigator) and Dr David Bek (RA)
2011-2012: Faculty Research Fund, Newcastle University, £2,924, "Ethical Sourcing by the Public Sector: Institutional Responsibility in 'Austerity Britain'"
2009-2011: The British Academy (SG-53960), £6778, "Managing Ethical Trade in a Global Economic Crisis: The Case of UK Retailers"
2007-2009: Economic and Social Research Council Impact Grant (RES-172-25-0048), £44,412, "Retailers and Corporate Social Responsibility: Developing and Promoting a Strategic Agenda" (Principal Investigator) with Professor Neil Wrigley
2005-2007: Economic and Social Research Council (RES-000-23-0830), £108,000, “Organising Ethical Trade: a UK-USA Comparison” (Principal Investigator) with Professor Neil Wrigley
2005-2007: Economic and Social Research Council Seminar Series, Postcolonial Economies, with Professor Jane Pollard (GPS), Professor Nina Laurie (GPS), Professor Alison Stenning (GPS), Professor Uma Kothari (Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester) and Professor Cheryl McEwan (Department of Geography, University of Durham).
2002-2003: The British Academy (SG-33442), £4914, "Learning to Account for Ethical Trade: Retailers, Knowledges and Social Audits"
2000: University of Newcastle upon Tyne Small Grants Panel Award, £1,632, "Organisational Geographies of Business Ethics: The Case of the Ethical Trading Initiative"
1999: The Nuffield Foundation Social Science Small Grants Scheme (SGS/LB/0270), £3,995, “Practising Corporate Responsibility: Evaluating ‘Codes of Practice’ in the Kenyan Cut Flower Industry"
1996-1997: University of Aberdeen Research Committee Grant (R818), £3,525, “The Production of Festival Consumption: The Case of the Cut Flower Trade”
Research areas: economic geography and political economy; global value chains and production networks; knowledges and economies; postcolonial economies; retailer-supplier relationships; economic development in South Africa; regulation and governance; ethical trade and business responsibility; the audit economy; learning networks; ethical consumption in the global South.
Recent and current students:Zara Babakordi (ESRC); Andrea Wilkinson (ESRC); Waziri Galadima (self-funded); Rituparna Sarma (self-funded); Jon Swords (ESRC/CASE); Peter Thomas (ESRC); David Phillips (ESRC/CASE with Traidcraft)
GEO3041 Geographies of Commodities
GEO2099 Economic Geography
- Bek D, Binns T, Blokker T, McEwan C, Hughes A. A high road to sustainability? Wildflower harvesting, ethical trade and social upgrading in South Africa’s Western Cape. Journal of Agrarian Change 2016, 17(3), 459–479.
- Hughes A. Corporate social responsibility and standards. In: Wójcik,D; Feldman,M; Clark,G; Gertler,MS, ed. New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography. OUP, 2016. In Press.
- Ruwanpura K, Hughes A. Empowered spaces? Management articulations of gendered spaces in apparel factories in Karachi, Pakistan. Gender, Place and Culture 2016, 23(9), 1270-1285.
- McEwan C, Hughes A, Bek D. Fairtrade, place and moral economy: Between abstract ethical discourse and the moral experience of Northern Cape farmers. Environment and Planning A 2016, 49(3), 572-591.
- Crang M, Hughes A. Globalizing ethical consumption (Editorial for Special Issue). Geoforum 2015, 67, 131-134.
- Hughes A, McEwan C, Bek D. Mobilizing the ethical consumer in South Africa. Geoforum 2015, 67, 148-157.
- Hughes A, McEwan C, Bek D. Postcolonial perspectives on global production networks: insights from Flower Valley in South Africa. Environment and Planning A 2015, 47(2), 249-266.
- Hughes A. Retailers, corporate ethics and fair trade. In: Raynolds, LT; Bennett, E, ed. Handbook of Research on Fair Trade. Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar, 2015, pp.298-315.
- McEwan C, Hughes A, Bek D. Theorising middle class consumption from the global South: a study of everyday ethics in South Africa's Western Cape. Geoforum 2015, 67, 233-243.
- Hughes A, McEwan C, Bek D, Rosenberg Z. Embedding Fairtrade in South Africa: global production networks, national initiatives and localized challenges in the Northern Cape. Competition & Change 2014, 18(4), 291-308.
- Hughes A. Flowers. In: Thrift, N., Tickell, A., Woolgar, S., Rupp, W.H, ed. Globalisation in Practice. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.111-113.
- McEwan C, Hughes A, Bek D. Futures, ethics and the politics of expectation in biodiversity conservation: a case study of South African sustainable wildflower harvesting. Geoforum 2014, 52, 206-215.
- McEwan C, Hughes A, Bek D, Rosenberg Z. Why ‘place’ matters in the development and impacts of Fairtrade production. Food Chains 2014, 4(1), 78-92.
- Hughes A. Globalizing responsibility (review forum). Area 2013, 45(2), 259-260.
- Hughes A, McEwan C, Bek D. Retailers, supply networks and changing articulations of ethicality: lessons from Flower Valley in South Africa. Journal of Economic Geography 2013, 13(2), 211-230.
- Crang M, Hughes A, Gregson N, Norris L, Ahamed F. Rethinking governance and value in commodity chains through global recycling networks. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2013, 38(1), 12-24.
- Hughes A. Corporate Ethical Trading in an Economic Downturn: Recessionary Pressures and Refracted Responsibilities. Journal of Economic Geography 2012, 12(1), 33-45.
- Bek D, Hughes A, McEwan C. Ethical Production in South Africa: Sustainable Wildflower Harvesting and Fairtrade Raisin Production, Stakeholder Report. Durham & Newcastle upon Tyne: Durham University, Newcastle University, 2012.
- Pollard J, McEwan C, Hughes A, ed. Postcolonial Economies. London, UK: Zed Books, 2011.
- Hughes A, Wrigley N, Buttle M. Ethical campaigning and buyer-driven commodity chains: transforming retailers’ purchasing practices?. In: Goodman D, Goodman M and Redclift M, ed. Consuming Space: Placing Consumption in Perspective. Surrey: Ashgate, 2010, pp.123-146.
- Hughes A, Wray F. Corporate responsibilities. In: Kitchin, R; Thrift, N, ed. Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Ltd, 2009, pp.292-297.
- Hughes A, Wrigley N, Buttle M. Global production networks, ethical campaigning, and the embeddedness of responsible governance. Journal of Economic Geography 2008, 8(3), 345-367.
- Hughes A. Geographies of exchange and circulation: Flows and networks of knowledgeable capitalism. Progress in Human Geography 2007, 31(4), 527-535.
- Hughes A, Buttle M, Wrigley N. Organisational geographies of corporate responsibility: A UK-US comparison of retailers' ethical trading initiatives. Journal of Economic Geography 2007, 7(4), 491-513.
- Hughes A. Supermarkets and the ethical/fair trade movement: making space for alternatives in mainstream economies?. In: Burch D; Lawrence G, ed. Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains. Elgar, 2007, pp.173-191.
- Hughes A. Geographies of exchange and circulation: Transnational trade and governance. Progress in Human Geography 2006, 30(5), 635-643.
- Hughes A. Learning to trade ethically: Knowledgeable capitalism, retailers and contested commodity chains. Geoforum 2006, 37(6), 1008-1020.
- Hughes A. Corporate strategy and the management of ethical trade: The case of the UK food and clothing retailers. Environment and Planning A 2005, 37(7), 1145-1163.
- Hughes A. Geographies of exchange and circulation: Alternative trading spaces. Progress in Human Geography 2005, 29(4), 496-504.
- Hughes A, Reimer S. Guest editorial: publishing commodity chains. Geoforum 2005, 36(3), 273-275.
- Hughes A, Reimer S. Publishing commodity chains. Geoforum 2005, 36(3), 273-275.
- Hughes A. Accounting for ethical trade: global commodity networks, virtualism and the audit economy. In: Hughes A and Reimer S, ed. Geographies of Commodity Chains. London: Routledge, 2004, pp.215-232.
- Hughes A, Reimer S. Geographies of Commodity Chains. London: Routledge, 2004.
- Hughes A. Global commodity networks, ethical trade and governmentality: Organizing business responsibility in the Kenyan cut flower industry. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2001, 26(4), 390-406.
- Hughes A. Multi-stakeholder approaches to ethical trade: Towards a reorganisation of UK retailers' global supply chains?. Journal of Economic Geography 2001, 1(4), 421-437.
- Hughes A. Shelf life: Supermarkets and the changing cultures of consumption. Journal of Historical Geography 2001, 27(1), 131-132.
- Hughes A. Retailers, knowledges and changing commodity networks: The case of the cut flower trade. Geoforum 2000, 31(2), 175-190.
- Hughes A. Constructing competitive spaces:on the corporate practice of British retailer- supplier relationships. Environment and Planning A 1999, 31(5), 819-839.
- Hughes A. Constructing economic geographies from corporate interviews: insights from a cross-country comparison of retailer-supplier relationships. Geoforum 1999, 30(4), 363-374.
- Cormode L, Hughes A. Editorial introduction: the economic geographer as a situated researcher of elites. Geoforum 1999, 30(4), 299-300.
- Hughes A, Cormode L. Editorial: researching elites and elite spaces. Environment and Planning A 1998, 30, 2098-2100.
- Hughes A. The changing organization of new product development for retailers’ private labels: a UK-USA comparison. Agribusiness 1997, 13, 169-184.
- Hughes A. Forging new cultures of retailer-manufacturer relations. In: Wrigley, N; Lowe, M, ed. Retailing, Consumption and Capital: Towards the New Retail Geography. Harlow: Longman, 1996, pp.90-115.
- Hughes A. Retail restructuring and the strategic significance of food retailers’ own-labels: a UK-USA comparison. Environment and Planning A 1996, 28, 2201-2226.