Remi Edwards is a doctoral researcher at SPERI working under the supervision of Professor Genevieve LeBaron and Dr Liam Stanley. Remi’s ESRC-funded project, which began in September 2019, will assess the effectiveness of worker-driven alternatives to corporate social responsibility as a method of protecting labour rights in global supply chains. Remi is the co-convener of SPERI’s Doctoral Researchers Network.
Remi completed her MA in Global Political Economy in the Department of Politics in 2018. Since graduating Remi has been part of a number of research projects at SPERI. Remi has collaborated with colleagues and a number of workers’ rights organisations to produce a report about the state of corporate social responsibility initiatives in securing living wages for workers in the garment industry. The report is based on survey data collected from global clothing brands situated within broader dynamics of corporate power and responsibility in the global economy. Additionally, Remi has worked on impact activities relating to Professor LeBaron’s research on forced labour in the tea and cocoa industries, including engagement with many external stakeholders such as tea companies, ethical certifiers and NGOs.
She has also been part of the Postgraduate Research Experience Programme in Political Economy (PREPPE), a collaborative project researching the political economy of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. Specifically, this project explored the politics of scandal as a site of contestation in the context of gendered dynamics of sexual violence.
Remi’s research interests convene in their common concern with the everyday lived experience of individuals within capitalism, and the political economy of production and consumption. She is interested in issues of labour exploitation, supply chain governance and the relations of power that characterise global production. In particular, her PhD research is focused on how we can move beyond dominant regimes of corporate social responsibility that govern production towards worker-driven initiatives that improve working conditions in a variety of industries.
Remi is also interested in the everyday experience of capitalism in terms of how individuals ‘know’ the economy, and subsequently how they perceive themselves and act within it, with a specific focus on ideas and practices of ‘ethical’ consumption. This requires understanding how the economy is represented to individuals, and how that shapes understanding of – and therefore behaviour within – processes and dynamics of the economy itself.
- Remi Edwards, Tom Hunt & Genevieve LeBaron (2019) Corporate Commitments to Living Wages in the Garment Industry. SPERI & University of Sheffield.