Anne Tallontire

Professor of Sustainability and Business and Pro Dean for Student Education in the Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds

Anne Tallontire

Anne is Professor of Sustainability and Business, and Pro Dean for Student Education in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds.

She is a specialist on corporate social responsibility with respect to development, particularly on ethical and fair trade and the use of private standards.

Anne is also Principal Investigator for an ESRC-DFID research project, ‘The Governance Implications of Private Standards Initiatives’, Member of the Development Studies Association, and involved in various groups within the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at Leeds.


Anne has undertaken research in a number of African countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa.

Prior to joining SRI, Anne was a Research Fellow at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich, where she managed the Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme. She began working in this field by studying for a PhD on fair trade on coffee, focusing on the link between European fair trade organisations and a coffee cooperative in Tanzania.

At NRI, Anne was involved in consultancy projects for a variety of clients including DFID, Defra, the World Bank, Common Fund for Commodities, Ethical Trading Initiative, Hivos and Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International.

Research interests

  • Fair trade;
  • Labour standards in agricultural exports;
  • Corporate responsibility in a developing country context;
  • Small producers and sustainability standards;
  • Developments in value chain analysis.