Global Coffee Scapes

Università di Pavia

International Winter School





Understanding the Coffee Commodity Chain: Land, Labour, and Environment


From 3 to 7 February 2020 Aula Volta – Palazzo Centrale University of Pavia



Why Coffee?

With an estimated market value of 83 billion USD and 2.25 billion cups of consumed every day, coffee is one of the most important agricultural commodities, employing about 125 million people worldwide. Its production  and consumption is deeply rooted in the culture of many countries, and its origins get lost in a legendary world of exotic landscapes, rituals, monks, queens and sailors. Nevertheless, coffee was able to keep changing within an ever-changing society, representing the perfect plot device to discuss about history, business, rituals, international cooperation, certifications, sensitive geopolitical challenges, migrations and climate change.


About Global CoffeeScapes

The concept of Global CoffeeScapes is the result of extensive discussions among international cooperation experts and academic scholars about the need of further integration between the approaches of international cooperation initiatives and the private sector. More specifically, the idea of establishing a platform to facilitate better integration of different approaches arose while discussing the coffee sector in Ethiopia, where the implementation of Private and Public Partnership projects is delivering promising results.

GlobalCoffeeScapes’ programme will unfold over a 5-day agenda comprising of keynote speeches, workshops and seminars where international scholars, private partictionairs and international cooperation experts will discuss different coffee-related topics, ranging from social issues and value-added activities, to business opportunities and international cooperation challenges. Thus, different perspectives and complementary methodological approaches will be discussed throughout the week.

The School, whose official language is English, offers a unique opportunity for participants to convene, meet, and network with leading international experts in the field of coffee commodity chain, openly debating crucial and controversial issues, critically examining deep-rooted imagination, and making informed opinions about past and recent developments, and current and future challenges.


About Global _Scapes

The purpose of this interdisciplinary and intersectoral Winter School is to reflect each year on a different commodity chain as an opportunity to discuss social, power, labour, geopolitical, business and cooperation relations that the supply chain creates, with an inclusive approach to ease the dialogue among the academy, international agencies and the private sector. The School offers a long-term, interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach, dealing with a wide range of topics, events, and places from ancient times to the present day, and shedding light –from bottom up and top down perspectives- on the variety of public and private actors involved in the presented commodity chain, underlining their roles, attitudes, behaviours, vulnerabilities and opportunities.




The course is open to MA and PhD students, as well as post-docs, researchers, and scholars in the fields of Humanities, Science Sciences, Development and Cooperation.

Besides, it is open also to private and public stakeholders interested in global value chains.



40 places are reserved to international MA courses of the Department of Political and Social Sciences:

  • 20 places for enrolled students in SAA
  • 10 places for enrolled students in SERI
  • 10 places for enrolled students in WPIR


Attendance is mandatory (at least 75%).

A certificate of participation will be issued at the end of the Winter School.

Students who have carried out all the activities (including the submission of a final essay by February 28,   2020) can apply for the recognition of 6 credits (crediti a libera scelta).


30 places are open to MA students, PhD students and researchers outside the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Pavia

Attendance is mandatory (at least 75%).

A certificate of participation will be issued at the end of the school/course.


30 places are open to private and public stakeholders Registration fee: 100 EUR

A certificate of participation will be issued at the end of the school/course.


Lectures, workshops and round tables are open to the public, and all those interested are warmly welcome to attend.



Applicants   must   fill   in    the   Application   Form   and   send   it    to    the   following   email   address: by January 15, 2020.



For organizational purposes, registration is requested at




All classes will take place in the charming Aula Volta of the University of Pavia. Some social events will take place in specific settings.

Further details about the venue halls will be provided in due time.



The participants will cover travel and lodging expenses.

Participants will be provided with a list of hotels and B&B in order to help them find suitable accommodations.





Director of the School

Valentina Fusari


Scientific Committee of the School

Benedetta Camilli

Enrica Chiappero Martinetti Marco Missaglia

Isabella Rodriguez y Baena Pierluigi Valsecchi Massimo Zaccaria


Scientific Secretariat

Arianna Tortelli -


Administrative Secretariat

Gianpiera Bernuzzi, Administrative Officer - Salvatore Giglio, Student Advisor –

Daria Milone, Internationalization Manager –

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