Journal of Fair Trade

Journal of Fair Trade

ISSN 2513-9525 (print) / ISSN 2513-9533 (online). The journal is hosted on Science Open and can be found here to read 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 founding Fair Trade Society Annual General Meeting will be held online in early 2022.
  • To Post information on JOFT website within specified categories e.g. News, Inspiration, Resources, Jobs, Events
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Donations are an alternative way to support and are greatly welcomed…

Becoming a member is the best support you can give. Alternatively, if you would like to support without becoming a member we would welcome your generous supporting donation particularly to help us get the Fair Trade Society up-and-running and support the Journal of Fair Trade being an Open Access publication! Click here to donate 

The Fair Trade Society is the non-profit, global membership organisation that owns the Journal of Fair Trade. The Journal and Society have been supported financially and administratively since 2018 by The Pluto Educational Trust and the pioneer members who have joined and made donations. The Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board is not paid. The Advisory Board is voluntary.

The goal for our fundraising and use donations to is to be able to fund and support these activities :

– development of the Fair Trade Society as a member-run organisation through engaging and building dialogue and debate, visibility and direction from an Advisory Board of Society members.
– through the Advisory Board Chair and members to create connections, opportunities and dialogue across the Society and Journal.
– building and managing Journal and Society communications, social media, public relations and outreach within the Society and wider.
– through volunteer coordination and support to build awareness and dialogue in specific locations and targeting a range of global actors while also focusing locally 

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:
Indro Dasgupta, Southern Methodist University/World Fair Trade Organization, Craft Resource Center, India
Robert Doherty, University of York;       

Michael Goodman; University of Reading
Daniel Jaffee, Portland State University;
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; 
Laura Raynolds, Center for Fair & Alternative Trade, Colorado State University;
Erinch Sahan, Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL);;Hans Theyer, Sustainability Consultant 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:

How Fair Trade can stay strong as companies scale up their social and environmental programmes“, Edward Millard, Vol. 3, No. 1.

Developing Fair Trade fruit supply chains from  the forests of Senegal’s Casamance“, George Williams, Vol. 3, 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.

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