Peter Knorringa is Professor of Private Sector & Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam
His main interest concerns the diverse roles and impacts of business on development. He aims to investigate to what extent socially responsible and environmentally sustainable forms of development are possible under capitalism. His empirical research focuses on global value chains, industrial clusters, private governance and labour standards, CSR, ethical and fair trade, social entrepreneurship, and strategies to support survival businesses.
Peter Knorringa, together with Wendy Harcourt and Kees Biekart, coordinates the Civic Innovation Research Initiative, one of the four ISS research programs. He is also a principal researcher and coordinator, together with Cees van Beers and Andre Leliveld, of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Research Centre on Frugal Innovation in Africa’. Lastly, he is a co-investigator and coordinator of the Consumer-Civil society work package in a ESRC-funded research program on: ‘Rising Powers, Labour Standards and the Governance of Global Production Networks’.
I think the topic for the GC2014 is particularly well chosen. In my plenary contribution I will scrutinize the extent to which ‘new’ middle classes from the Global South, both as consumers and as citizens, might play a role in working towards more responsible development in a polycentric world.