Find out more about fair trade

PrintThis year’s Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 23 February to 8 March 2015 and is celebrating the power of everyday choices by telling the other half of a product’s story – the producer’s – to show the difference Fairtrade makes.

For the past twenty years Fairtrade Fortnight has aimed to educate the public on why to choose Fairtrade and increase sales on Fairtrade terms for marginalised producers. And this year they want people to “choose products that change lives”.

We’ve pulled together a list of resources, primarily available at the University Library, to help you read around or find out more about this subject. Online material, such as e-books and e-journal articles and access to Searcher and other databases, are only available to staff and students at University of Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Books on fair trade available at the University Library

Find journal articles and other items via Searcher using keyword searches e.g.

  • Fair trade movement
  • Fair trade benefits
  • Fair trade certification
  • Fair trade tea

Interested in doing more research into fair trade? Why not try searching some of the Library databases to find more? Web of Science (WoS). Scopus. IBSS. Agricola. CAB Abstracts. These are just a few of the databases you may find useful in your research in this area. You can access all of these and more from Databases A-Z.

Interested in what the media has to say about fair trade? Try Factiva, Nexis UK or Lexis Library to search through UK and international newspapers. You can access these and more from newspaper databases.

Listen to an interview with Barbara Crowther, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Fairtrade Foundation, talking about the fall in sales in Fairtrade goods for the first time in the foundations 20-year existense. This clip from Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show on Radio 2 is available to us through Box of Broadcasts (BoB) which you can use to search for, watch/listen and record TV/radio news, documentaries, current affairs and much, much more. Access BoB.

To mark Fairtrade Fortnight Routledge is offering free online access to a selection of articles exploring different aspects of fair trade until 31st March 2015.  Access at (freely available online).

The University is running a series of events to highlight the benefits of buying Fairtrade. Find out more at

Find out about some of the events happening around Scotland at

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science 

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