Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Series

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB128 (Executive Suite), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Trade in UK-Africa Relations

This is the fifth seminar in an ESRC-funded series on UK Africa policy after Labour. Trade has long been seen as playing a (perhaps too) dominant role in UK-Africa relations. This seminar considers bilateral trade relations and the role of the coalition government in influencing both EU trade negotiations with Africa, and the multilateral agenda within the World Trade Organisation. In addition we will focus on the continued growth of fair trade markets in the UK and their consequences for African development. The UK is also home to a vast array of non-state actors such as the Trade Justice Movement, who seek to lobby the UK government on its trade policy. The seminar will also consider their role and effectiveness in shaping the debate on UK-Africa trade relations.


10.30 – 11.00
Registration and coffee

11.00 – 12.30
Panel 1:The UK, Fair Trade and African Development (Chair TBC)

  • Liz May (Head of Policy, Traidcraft) – Title TBC
  • Zoe Pflaeger Young (De Montfort University) – Fair Trade and the Economic Recession: Supporting African Producers through Economic Crisis and the Rise of Fair Trade Consumption in the Global South

12.30 – 13.15

13.15 – 14.45
Panel 2: UK-Africa Trade in a Changing Global Context (Chair, Jonathan Fisher)

  • Robin Gwynn (FCO Additional Director for Africa, and UK Envoy for the Sudans, 2011-13; since early 2014 has been a business consultant on Africa, with Lonrho and other companies) - The development and significance of the UK government’s view of trade relations with Africa
  • Peg Murray-Evans (University of York) – Agency, Resistance and Regional Disunity: Negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Southern Africa

14.45 – 15.00
Tea and coffee

15.00 – 16.30
Panel 3: NGOs and UK-Africa Trade Relations (Chair, David Sanderson)

  • John Hilary (Executive Director, War on Want) – Title TBC
  • Stephen Hurt (Oxford Brookes University) – British Campaigns for African Development: The Trade Justice Movement