Governance of Labour and Logistics for Sustainability

What is Governance of Labour and Logistics for Sustainability?

The objective of the Governance of Labour and Logistics for Sustainability (GOLLS) project is to promote labour rights and human security along and within global value chains linking Brazil and Holland. Sustainability (social and environmental) is central to this focus.

The project is set against the debate about whether and how the 'logic' of labour and communities (often in the Global South) involved in production can be conciliated with the 'logic' of chain drivers (often in the Global North). Are there mutual gains to chain drivers and to source communities and labour? Moreover, how do we evaluate gains - what lenses do we use?

It is a framework for systematic enquiry into the nature of value chain governance and its social impacts and thus has considerable policy significance for Government and social actors. As a research theme it does, however, allow for considerable latitude in focus and methodological orientation within individuals’ specific studies.

The project analyses chain processes and impacts using case studies of products moving from Brazilian source locations, to Brazilian ports and on to Rotterdam. Current case studies (Brazilian ports) include:

  • orange juice (Santos)
  • furniture (Rio Grande) 
  • acai (Belem/Manaus)

Applicants are encouraged to submit their own /alternative case studies in their applications. However, future case studies of great relevance would appear to include chain actors, labour and communities involved in the production and movement of:

  • soya (via Santos)
  • hard wood (via Belem)
  • metals-scrap (via Santos/Rio/Pecem)
  • other tropical fruits (via Pecem/Suape/Salvador)

ISS Civic Innovation Research Initiative

  • The project is part of the Civic Innovation research group, coordinated by Professor Peter Knorringa.

  • Lee_Pegler

    The project proposal is the result of an Innovation Fund assisted (2012) research process and network developed by Dr Lee Pegler and emanates from his more than two decades of work with labour and development issues and actors in Brazil.

  • Professor Manoel Reis (FGV-Sao Paolo) is the Brazilian coordinator of this CAPES-Nuffic project.

Who is GOLLS for?

  1. For ISS/EUR MA, PhD and Post doc students wanting to study in Brazil;
  2. For Brazilian  PhD and Post doc researchers wanting to conduct research at ISS/EUR via:

How to get involved with GOLLS?

There are two separate means by which researchers may enter the project:

  1. CAPES-Nuffic Exchange Programme
  2. Direct CAPES/CNPQ Applications

Research relevance and outputs

The study comes at a very opportune time – Brazil is engaged in a re-evaluation of its transport logistics strategy and the Netherlands government is explicitly articulating much stronger trade and development relations with Brazil. This political and diplomatic context has heightened interest in sustainable trade and investment relations between the two countries.

A number of outputs (book chapters, working papers, article submissions and conference papers/proceedings) have already emanated from GOLLS. It is expected that this project support will help promote and publicize a more regular and larger volume of publications by a broader number of participants from the two countries.

The project is also opening the way for applications to a number of key research funding agencies in both the Netherlands and Brazil.

Further information

For further information please contact Dr. Pegler on – / +31(0) 70 4260590 .