March 2022: Martin and Hannah launched the SUSTEIN Tea Wall at CBS’ Department of Management, Society and Communication as part of the SUSTEIN Tales of Tea event, serving tea connected to stories from fieldwork to colleagues at MSC.

March 2022: Matthew receives an Early Career Researcher Prize from the Surveillance and Society journal and the Surveillance Studies Network for his paper ‘Imagining Impact in Global Supply Chains: Data-Driven Sustainability and the Production of Surveillable Space’.

November 2021: Matthew and Hannah presented their contribution to the special issue on The Anthropology of Power and the Powerful in Critique of Anthropology (eds. Matthew Archer and Dan Souleles) at the AAA, Baltimore (online).

June 2021: Hannah was invited to present her research on tea labour at the workshop: Child’s Work: Changing conceptions of children’s agricultural work in Africa from the abolition of slavery to the modern day, hosted online by the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

March 2021: Matthew presented his research on landscape approaches to sustainability certifications at the joint conference of the Society for Economic Anthropology and the Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association.

September 2020: Matthew and Hannah presented their research on traceability and impactfulness in the tea supply chain at the Royal Anthropological Institute and Royal Geographical Society’s joint conference, Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future.

January – March 2020: The SUSTEIN team conducted fieldwork in their various sites.

12 June 2019: Matthew and Martin presented a paper on digital technologies in the tea supply chain on a panel co-organized by Matthew, Matthieu Bolay (IHEID) and Filipe Calvão (IHEID).

30-31 May 2019: Martin and Matthew participated in a workshop on transparency in global supply chains, hosted by Filipe Calvão at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies.

April 2019: Martin conducted three weeks of fieldwork in Dubai.

April 2019: Matthew conducted interviews with standards and certification organizations in Washington, DC.

February 2019: Martin conducted a month of fieldwork in Kenya, visiting sites in Nairobi and Mombasa.

13 December 2018: The SUSTEIN team welcomed Lawrence Busch (Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Michigan State University) to discuss his book Standards: Recipes for Reality and other writings. This followed a week of lectures delivered by Prof. Busch to CBS research groups on topics ranging from automation to the making of markets.

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29 November 2018: The SUSTEIN team read and discussed Sarah Ives’ Steeped in Heritagecontinuing the reading club’s theme of sustainability and temporality.

28 November 2018: Christian Vium (associate professor of anthropology at Aarhus University) gave a seminar on visual methods in ethnographic research, including a presentation of his own work and a fascination discussion on ethics and access.

14-16 November 2018: Martin participated in the Seedways symposium at the Royal Academy in Stockholm, where he learned about the dispersal, evolution and commodification of seeds and plants in a warming world. The symposium was hosted by Professors Bengt Karlsson and Annika Rabo. Read Martin’s note about the conference on our blog.

29 October 2018: Hannah left for three weeks of fieldwork in Kenya to study tea farms and tea factories.

26 October 2018: The SUSTEIN team met for their first reading club, chaired by Hannah. We read and discussed essays about the relationship between time and sustainability:

  • Kim, Anna, Pratima Bansal, and Helen Mary Haugh. “No Time Like the Present: How a Present Time Perspective Can Foster Sustainable Development.” Academy of Management Journal.
  • Persoon, Gerardus Antonius, and Diny ME van Est. “The study of the future in anthropology in relation to the sustainability debate.” (2000): 7-29.
  • Ferry, Elizabeth. “Claiming futures.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22, no. S1 (2016): 181-188.

23 October 2018: Hannah presented research at the University of Durham on temporality and infrastructure in Kenya.

1-6 October 2018: Matthew presented SUSTEIN at a workshop on infrastructure, regions, and urbanization hosted by the Max Weber Stiftung at the National University in Singapore.

11-14 October 2018: Matthew and Martin presented their research at the ASA conference in Oxford. Matthew talked about the role of transition narratives in global sustainability discourse, and Martin talked about infrastructures and sustainability in the context of palm oil. While in the UK, Matthew conducted archival research at the National Archives at Kew, and Martin conducted archival research at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.