Stephanie 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 a research project on Gender and Ethical Trade in African Horticulture (funded by DFID) and was the European coordinator of an international research programme on the mainstreaming of Fair Trade (funded by Ford Foundation and Leverhulme Foundation). She coordinated the UK Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Impact Assessment (2003-2006) with comparative studies in 5 countries and 3 sectors. She coordinated studies for Cadbury Plc Mapping Sustainable Cocoa Production in Ghana and India, which informed the formation of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership providing UK£45M to support cocoa farmers, and their subsequent move towards Fairtrade. She co-coordinated with Professor Gary Gereffi (Duke University) of the DFID funded international research network Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks (2008-13) that linked researchers in US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America (www.capturingthegains.org).
Stephanie held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2013-15) and has written a book on transforming gendered patterns of work in global value chains.