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    To see and be seen: technological change and power in deforestation driving global value chains

    Gallemore, C. and Delabre, Izabela and Jespersen, K. and Liu, T. (2022) To see and be seen: technological change and power in deforestation driving global value chains. Global Networks 22 (4), pp. 615-630. ISSN 1470-2266.

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    New digital tools for monitoring forest- and land-cover change have made it easier for civil society actors to call firms to account for deforestation. In response, companies in deforestation-linked global value chains (GVCs) have turned to these technologies themselves. In contrast to many case analyses of technology in GVCs, which focus on how technology changes production processes, forcing governance to adapt, forest-monitoring technologies change governance directly. Synthesising work on transaction characteristics and power relations in GVCs to address this novel situation, we argue that monitoring technologies’ effects on GVCs will likely depend on their accessibility. Proprietary technologies favour large-scale operations and already established lead firms, while open technologies could support democratization. Treating forest- and value-chain information as a public good could support more inclusive, equitable and sustainable value chains.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Izabela Delabre
    Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2022 14:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:17


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