Liz Cooper

Liz Cooper
Liz Cooper
Research and Policy Manager
School of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK


I hold an MSc in Business and Community from the School of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath (2012; distinction), with a particular focus on the roles of the private sector in international development. I previously worked on a fair trade apparel manufacturing initiative at a local NGO in Delhi for a year, and on an organic fair trade cotton value chain development project with a local NGO in Senegal for three years. I have also undertaken consultancy work for various international NGOs, and fair trade manufacturing start-ups in Senegal.

Current role

I joined the University of Edinburgh in November 2012 as Fair Trade Coordinator, and am now a Research and Policy Manager in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability - working to link research to practice within the university.

In May 2013 I established a Fair Trade Community of Practice within the EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges) to allow staff and students at universities and colleges in the UK to share ideas and experiences relating to making trade fairer -

I contribute to the JWI blog.


Cooper, Liz. 2015 (forthcoming). Determining How to Invest More Responsibly as an Institution: A case study at the University of Edinburgh. In: The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment. Eds: Hebb, T., Hawley, J., Hoepner, A., Neher, A. & Wood, D. Routledge.

Working Papers

Cooper, Liz, 2013. The effects of non-firm actors’ interventions in agro-commodity value chains on chain governance: the case of NGOs and development agencies. Just World Institute working paper series no. 2013/01. Edinburgh: JWI

Conference papers/presentations

'How can universities better contribute to the fair trade agenda? Developing collaboration between researchers and practitioners in a university for social impact'. Fair Trade International Symposium, Politecnico di Milano, 29th-31st May 2015.

'The effects of non-firm actors' interventions in agro-commodity value chains on chain governance: the case of NGOs and development agencies', The Politics of Markets – shaping, steering and evaluation. Organised by Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, 13th June 2013.