Center for Fair & Alternative Trade

Colorado State University

List of CFAT Seminars & Workshops


Michael Conroy, Chair of the Forest Stewardship Council International Board of Directors, Chair of the Equitable Origin Standards Board of Directors, and Former Chair of the Fair Trade USA Board of Directors: “Voluntary corporate governance systems: Astounding growth, immanent success, and emerging challenges,” October 03,2013

John Lindenbaum, CSU Anthropology/Geography, Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Berkeley and CFAT Associate: “Counter-Movement, Neoliberal Platoon, or Re-Gifting Depot? Understanding Decommodification in U.S. Food Banks,” September  20, 2013


Christine M. Porter, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Division of Kinesiology & Health at the University of Wyoming and CFAT Associate: “Can We Do Social Justice Research? The Food Dignity Case with Community Food Systems for Economic Development, Sustainability, and Democracy,” October 05, 2012

Jennifer Keahey, CSU Sociology Doctoral Candidate & CFAT Research Assistant: “New Methods for Sustainable Development: Participatory Commodity Networking within South Africa’s Emerging Rooibos Tea Sector,” May 04, 2012.

Douglas Murray, CFAT Co-Director, and Lynn Hempel, Assistant Professor of Sociology, CSU: “What Does a Socially Sustainable Community Look Like?” April 06, 2012.


Laura Raynolds and Douglas Murray, Professors of Sociology, CSU & CFAT Co-Directors: “Fair Trade USA’s Split from FLO: Issues and Implications,” October 24, 2011.

Koh Kitazawa, Coordinator of the Fairtrade Resource Center, Japan: “Fairtrade in Japan in a Nutshell: Why and How It Is So Different,” October 07, 2011.

Maureen DeCoursey, Private Consultant, Fort Collins & CFAT Associate: “Exploring the New FairWild Certification and Work as a Development Practitioner,” September 26, 2011.

Sandra Kruger, Director, Sandra Kruger & Associates, South Africa: “PAR Methodologies for the 21st Century,” April 22, 2011.

Jennifer Bair, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder & CFAT Associate: “From Varieties of Capitalism to Varieties of Activism?: The Anti-Sweatshop Movement in Comparative Perspective,” April 08, 2011.

Dawn Thilmany. Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, CSU & CFAT Associate: “From Plant to Plate: Envisioning the Northern Colorado Food System,” February 04, 2011.


Tuba Ustüner, Assistant Professor of Marketing, College of Business, CSU & CFAT Associate: “A Business Approach to Marketing and Potential Openings for Consumer-Based Social Movements,” November 10, 2010.

Emily Thorn, Ph.D. Student, Sociology, CSU & CFAT Graduate Student: “The Meaning of Markets: Imagining a North American Domestic Fair Trade Initiative,” October 13, 2010.

Michael Long, CFAT Graduate Student & Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, CSU: “Understanding & Evaluating Ethical Consumption in Colorado,” May, 13, 2010.

Laura T. Raynolds, CFAT Co-Director & Professor of Sociology, CSU: “Fair Flowers: Fair Trade, Gender, & Socio-Economic Conditions in the Global Cut Flower Network,” April 13, 2010.

Leah Sprain, CFAT Associate & Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, CSU: “Cultivating Cooperativismo: An Ethnography of Communication in Nicaraguan Fair Trade Cooperative Meetings,” March 30, 2010.


Douglas B. Holt, CFAT Associate & Professor of Marketing, University of Oxford: “Challenging Commodity Chains with Brand Politics: The Ethiopian Coffee Sector vs. Starbucks,” December 8, 2009.

Douglas Murray, CFAT Co-director & Professor, Sociology, CSU: “From Conscious Consumerism to Virtuous Communities,” November 10, 2009.

Molly Eckman, CFAT Associate & Professor, Design & Merchandising, CSU: “Critical Linkages in Social Responsibility,” October 13, 2009.

Tatsuya Watanabe, professor in the Faculty of Contemporary Law at Tokyo University of Economics: “The Fair Trade Movement in Japan,” on March 26, 2009.

Jo Sneddon, Assistant Professor, Business School, University of Western Australia and CSU visiting scholar: “Ethical Consumer Response to Wool Apparel,” April 9, 2009.

David Phillips, PhD student, Newcastle University, UK and CFAT visiting scholar: “Fair Trade and Community Empowerment: Impacts in the Sugar and Tea Sectors of Southern Malawi,” March 12, 2009.


Galen Ciscell, PhD student, Sociology, CSU: “Beyond Colonialism: The Potential for Fair Trade to Embrace Voluntary Carbon Offsets,” December 11, 2008.

David Griswold (President and Founder) and Claudia Aleman, (Relationship Coffee Manager), Sustainable Harvest: Specialty Coffee Importers: “The Future of Global Supply Chain Models: Blending Transparent Trade with Farmer Aid,” November 13, 2008.

Claude Gervais, International Fellow from Benin, and Adriane Elliot, Interdisciplinary Program in Organic Agriculture, Soil and Crop Sciences CSU, met to discuss the situation of organic producers in Africa on October 21, 2008.

Dawn Thilmany, Professor, Agricultural Economics CSU: “Going Local: Exploring Consumer Behavior and Motivations for Direct Food Purchases,” October 9, 2008.

Michael Conroy, Economist and Independent Consultant on Certification for Sustainable Development: “Branded: How the Certification Revolution is Transforming Global Corporations,” April, 2008.

Dimitris Stevis, CFAT Associate & Professor, Political Science: “International Framework Agreements and Global Labor Rights,” February, 2008.

Stephen Marglin, Harvard Economist: “The Dismal Science: How Thinking like an Economist Undermines Community,” January, 2008.


Mary Littrell, CFAT Associate & Professor, Design and Merchandising, CSU: “MarketPlace: Handwork of India Socio-economic Audit,” December, 2007.

Michael Long, CFAT Graduate Student: “The Potential for Consumption Based Social Movements: The Case of Ethical Consumerism,” October, 2007.

Kathleen Sexsmith, MA Student, Oxford University: “Ethical Coffee Production in Chiapas: Empowering Cooperatives and Small Producer Families?,” September, 2007.

Douglas L. Murray, CFAT Co-Director & Professor, Sociology: “Re-Regulating Pesticides through Private Certification: How Far Is Far Enough?,” April, 2007.