Research

Peter Luetchford's doctoral research, carried out in Costa Rica, focused on coffee producers and cooperatives involved in fair trade deals with European and North American 'Alternative Trade Organisations'.  His doctoral thesis, published as Fair Trade and a Global Commodity: Coffee in Costa Rica (Pluto Press 2008), looks at the politics, orientations and practices of growers and cooperatives and uses them to interrogate ethical ideas on the economy. This research has fed into collaborative work and publications on new moral economies with a specific focus on fair trade and ethical consumption. More recently Peter has been working on an ESRC funded project on alternative food provision in Andalusia, Spain. This work now includes the comparative study of the politics of food in different European contexts, published as the co-authored book 'Food for Change' (Pluto Press 2013)