Stephanie Barrientos is an Emeritus Professor in the Global Development Institute at The University of Manchester. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (2000-7).
She gained her BA and PhD in Political Economy at the University of Kent. She has researched and published widely on gender, global production, employment, decent work, trade and labour standards, corporate social responsibility, fair trade, and ethical trade. She has undertaken research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK. She coordinated the Capturing the Gains Research Programme (with Prof Gary Gereffi) from 2008-13 examining economic and social upgrading in global production networks.
Stephanie has advised and provided training for a number of companies, NGOs and international organisations on issues concerning gender, agribusiness, ethical trade, decent work, and impact assessment, including: ActionAid, Body Shop, Cadbury Plc, CAFOD, Christian Aid, DEFRA, DFID, Gates Foundation, Green & Blacks, CAFOD, ILO, Oxfam, Nike, UNCTAD, UNIDO, World Bank, WIEGO, Women Working Worldwide and Unite. She is on the Advisory Groups of the ILO/IFC Better Work Programme.
Stephanie held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2013-15) examining gender and work in global value chains. This led to publication of her book Gender and Work in Global Value Chains: Capturing the Gains? Cambridge University Press, 2019, drawing on 20 years of research in the field. She is research lead on the FCDO/DFID flagship programme ‘Work Opportunities for Women’ (WOW) 2018-. She also leads a GCRF/ESRC research programme ‘Shifting South: Decent Work in Regional Value Chains’ focused on horticulture and garments in South and East Africa (2019-2021).