Dr Remi Edwards (she/her)


Department of Politics and International Relations

Research and Impact Associate

Blog Editor for SPERI

PhD student Remi Edwards
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Dr Remi Edwards
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

I am a Research and Impact Associate based in the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). My research focuses on labour in supply chains from a critical political economy perspective. I am pursuing my research alongside my work for SPERI, which includes editing and commissioning piece for the SPERI Blog, involvement in the SPERI Presents... podcast, and supporting wider administration and knowledge exchange work within the institute. I am also involved in convening a new research cluster within SPERI exploring (Dis)order in Global Capitalism.                


BA International Relations and Politics
MA Global Political Economy
MA Social Research
PhD Politics                

Research interests

My research is located broadly in the field of global political economy, with a specific focus on labour in global supply chains. I completed my doctoral research in April 2024, which explored the processes of struggle through which workers in agricultural industries shape private supply chain governance initiatives. I compared three contrasting initiatives to examine how different formal roles for workers in private governane are associated with improvements to or degradation of wages and working conditions. These cases included a worker-driven initaitive in US agriculture, a global framework agreement and ethical certification intiaitives in the Costa Rican banana industry. The project deployed labour regimes as a key lens to connect these initiatives to wider global and geographically specific economic conditions and relations. My more recent work looks to bring insights from literature racial capitalism and the interation of race and class to bear on agricultural supply chains in capitalist development. I am also interested in cultures of consumption and the role of scandal in global labour movements. 

I have also worked on other projects based at SPERI including on piece of original research on the commitments of global garment corporations to living wage payment for workers in the sector with Tom Hunt and Genevieve LeBaron, the Re:Structure Lab series of policy briefs on forced labour in global supply chains, and a student-staff collaboration project on the political economy of the Weinstein scandal with Liam Stanley, Ellie Gore and Genevieve LeBaron.


Journal articles

Research group

Political Economy


ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership 1+3 Studentship

Teaching interests

Global Political Economy

Teaching activities

POL119 Introduction to Global Political Economy