Fair Trade International Symposium 2023, Fair Trade Connections, 19 – 21 June 2023, University of Leeds.

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Registration opens - October 2022. Abstract submission deadline - 20 January 2023. Please email contact confadmin@leeds.ac.uk for all registration and abstract submission queries.

The Fair Trade International Symposium is the leading global gathering for scholars, practitioners and policymakers working on Fair Trade.
The next Fair Trade International Symposium will be hosted from 19th to-21st June 2023 at the University of Leeds in the UK. Leeds is a vibrant city in the north of England that has great transport links to the rest of the UK.
Both the University of Leeds and the city of Leeds have strong links to Fair Trade- we are both a Fair Trade city and university, and Yorkshire was the first Fair Trade county. Academics at the Sustainability Research Institute and the University’s Sustainability Service and have worked together with the Fair Trade International Symposium Steering Group and local campaigners to develop the programme for FTIS.
At the Leeds FTIS event there will be workshops and panels taking place in person, complemented by some online and hybrid sessions to enable the participation of people both locally and internationally. We will ensure that both the in person and online discussions are facilitated so that everyone gets a chance to participate. We are especially keen to create spaces for local campaigners and practitioners to interact.
There will be some fully online panels and sessions, with opportunities for participants to discuss papers and posters and importantly a space to interact with each other via the conference platform.
Workshops will be face to face, with contributions from academics, campaigners and students.
Plenary presentations will be hybrid, accessible both to an online and in person audience, and will be recorded.
We have agreed with the editors of the Journal of Fair Trade to produce a special issue of the journal based on papers from the Symposium. There will be a special session about this during the event.

Education for Sustainable Development
Localising the economy
The environment and climate change
Decolonization and southern voices
The social economy and social enterprise
Business engagement with human rights and climate regulations
Other topics on the broad theme of Fair Trade Connections

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