Journal of Fair Trade

Journal of Fair Trade

ISSN 2513-9525 (print) / ISSN 2513-9533 (online)

The Journal of Fair Trade is a biannual, peer-reviewed title published by Pluto Journals bringing together academics and practitioner voices 

The Journal is owned and run by the Fair Trade Society (with support from the Pluto Educational Trust), a membership organisation which reflects the wider movement and all who are passionate about change.  Join us and help build back fairer!

All members are considered members of The Fair Trade Society, no matter what they have paid. Their rights are:

  • Full access to the Journal, topic recommendation, contributor recommendation,
  • The right to join the Advisory Board (by invitation or application)
  • Attend the AGM and receive annual reports and financials of the JOFT and FT Society. The 2021 AGM will be online on December [see note below]
  • To Post information on JOFT website within specified categories e.g. News, Inspiration, Resources, Jobs, Events
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About the Journal

The Journal of Fair Trade is a new independent, peer-reviewed academic journal launched by the Fair Trade Society, in February 2019, to reclaim the best practices and values that contribute to mutuality and fairness in trade. The Journal aims to be a source of the leading research on Fair Trade. The Fair Trade Society website provides a forum and funnel for new work, ideas and debate.

Aims and Scope

The Journal provides a much-needed independent space in which to discuss the ever-changing practical and theoretical approaches to making the world a more just place through business and trade. The term ‘Fair Trade’ includes certification systems and all efforts to ensure trade is fair for all. Unafraid to be outspoken, the goal of the Journal is to catalyse significant improvements in the way all types of trade deliver social and environmental justice.

The Journal and the Fair Trade Society publish independent academic work, briefings and articles. They promote new voices and experiences from cooperatives, producer organisations and practitioners, as well as Fair Trade businesses and corporations striving to be responsible global citizens. The founders of this Journal want to encompass the full range of interests and voices that need to be heard on these issues. For information on how to submit to the Journal, please click here.

Journal information

The journal is biannual, published online in approx May and October. Membership information can be found on our website.

Archiving information: The electronic journal is held within the Fair Trade Society members’ portal.

Journal Website

The journal has its own website where further information can be found:

Pauline Tiffen, Editor-in-Chief and the Journal Manager,

Editorial Board:
Robert Doherty, University of York;       
Daniel Jaffee, Portland State University;
Michael Goodman; University of Reading
Patrick Van Zwanenberg,  STEPS América Latina / CENIT, Universidad Nacional de San Martin 

Matthew Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics, The University of Portsmouth;
Dana Geffner, Executive Director, Fair World Project; 
Jamie Hartzell, independent.
Laura Raynolds, Center for Fair & Alternative Trade, Colorado State University;
Erinch Sahan, World Fair Trade Organisation;
Hans Theyer, Executive Director, Fairtrade America and
Diederik van Iwaarden, RSO Office Utrecht University.

The Journal of Fair Trade welcomes submissions from anyone who wishes to contribute to the debate on the challenges and future of Fair Trade. All contributions will be constructively reviewed in line with the Journal’s single-blind peer review policy.

Please see the Guidelines for Contributors for details of article types and submission requirements.

Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Pauline Tiffen, at

Journal Manager, Sally Jennings, at

Fair Trade Society Membership enquiries

Publisher Pluto Journals,  

For institutional and online subscriptions, these are available through JSTOR here.

For individual and print only subscriptions, these are available through Marston here.

For subscription information to the Fair Trade Society, which includes a subscription to the journal, these are available through the Journal’s website here.

Read the Journal Online

Table of Contents for the Journal is available on JSTOR.

Recent articles available to read online from the Journal:

“Who Cares About Fair Trade?”, Pauline Tiffen, Vol. 1, No. 1.

“Greed does not have to drive business: the role of Fair Trade Enterprises as proof of concept”, Erinch Sahan, Vol. 1, No. 1.