The Scottish Fair Trade Forum was proud to welcome Dr Matthew Anderson to speak at our Fair Trade Nation event this year.
Dr Anderson is a senior lecturer in Business Ethics at the University of Portsmouth as part of the Organisation Studies and Human Resouce Management department. The focus of his teaching is a class on Business Ethics, which is taught to final year students, and he also teaches undergraduates in the areas of organisational behaviour, human resource management and research methods. Within the next year he will be part of the teaching team for the new unit on Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability.
He has a keen interest in Fair Trade and has been involved in numerous Fair Trade Projects and completed his PhD on the subject of Fair Trade. A member of the WFTO delegation at the World Social Forum in Brazil in 2005, a volunteer Co-ordinator for the London Fairtrade Corporation in 2008 and a Social Audit Panel member for Shared Interest's Social Account in 2012-2013, Dr Anderson is dedicated to being involved with the Fair Trade movement. His PhD provided a detailed investigation into the development and growth of the Fair Trade movement in modern Britain, and his most recent piece of work on Fair Trade and Britain is to be published later this year.
This year's lecture on Wednesday 20th May in the Scottish Parliament was well attended and Dr Anderson's talk on the theme of consumer politics and the historic development of the Fair Trade movement was extremely interesting - hearing about the roots of different parts of the Fair Trade campaign and possible directions for the future. There were also some excellent questions from the audience in the Q&A afterwards. Key points were live tweeted from our twitter account, so if you weren't able to attend you can see a summary of them here.
You can also download Dr Anderson's presentation of the lecture here .