Global Certifying Partnerships (JRP Indonesia-Netherlands)

This joint research program between Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and the University of Lampung (Indonesia) will analyze the social and economic effects of global certifying sustainability partnerships that aim to connect Southern agricultural production to Northern consumption. The focus of the research is on global partnerships and certification schemes. The global coffee and palm oil chains serve as main fields of research in the assessment part of the program. The prospective part of the research includes cocoa, spices, and aquaculture; commodities on which new certifying partnerships are in an early stage of development and implementation. The research combines governance theory and economic theory and applies a variety of quantitative and qualitative integrative/sustainability assessment methods. Project leaders Prof. Dr. Pieter Glasbergen (Maastricht University) and Prof. Dr. Bustanul Arifin (University of Lampung) in front of KNAW office in Amsterdam, 2012.

The program consists of 4 PhD projects for Indonesian students and 1 postdoc project:

- PhD 1 Studies the social and economic effects of coffee certification, with a specific focus on the livelihood effects for farmers. See This link

- PhD2 Studies the social and economic effects of palm oil certification, with a specific focus on the livelihood effects for farmers. See This link

- PhD 3 Studies partnership contracts from an institutional economic perspective. See This link

- PhD 4 Studies the relationships between public responsibilities of Indonesian governments and private responsibilities of global certifying partnerships. See This link

- The postdoc project studies the role of joint knowledge production in global certifying partnerships. See This link

The research program is part of the Scientific Programme Indonesia-Netherlands (SPIN), theme Social and Economic Development 2012-2016, and funded by the Dutch KNAW and Indonesian DIKTI.