Kelle Howson is a postdoctoral researcher on the project. She brings a background in economic geography and development studies. Her recently completed PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, examined the impact of ethical certification on governance and worker empowerment in the South African wine industry. With her research group she developed the concept of ‘ethical value networks’ to analyse these processes.
Kelle’s research interests include ethical certification studies, reflexive consumerism, governance in global production networks, and sustainable development. Kelle also has experience in politics and policy, having most recently served as a Senior Researcher for the New Zealand Labour Leader’s Office at Parliament.