Beatrice Melo

PhD Student in Global Studies
Graduate School of Global Studies
Sophia University

The current fashion system, known as ‘fast fashion’, is driven by the manufacturing of low quality garments in a short period of time carried out in factories located in failed states. While following the latest fashion trends, these apparel products are cheaply produced, bought and easily discarded. Hence, throughout the whole fashion value chain, laborers have to face unsatisfactory and risky factory conditions, endless working hours and a salary that is not equivalent to the living wage. Modern slavery is a contemporary problem, in which millions of people, including children, are victims of forced labor. Globalization enabled people to satisfy their desires imposed by the market, at a cost of many others having their basic needs deprived by the state. Furthermore, the prevailing ‘take-make-dispose’ system in the fashion industry is one of the main causes of environmental pollution that concerns the climate change, scarcity of natural resources and health problems for the living beings.

My research aims to evaluate how to transcend the obstacles faced in the pursuit of a sustainable production in Fashion Industry and conscious consumption, built by the relation among productions’ transnational actors and institutions of a capitalist market system (Invisible Barriers), in the creation of value in Transnational Sustainable Fashion Production Networks.

Research Interests: Sustainability Studies, Environmental Policy and Promotion of Environment-friendly Society, Sustainable Fashion, Circular Economy, Political Economy, Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning.

Beatrice Melo is PhD student in Global Studies at Sophia University from Fortaleza, Brazil. Undergraduated in Fashion Design at the Catholic University of Ceará; Post-Graduated in Fashion Styling and Image Building at Senac São Paulo; MA in Sustainability in Fashion at Esmod, Berlin [2012]; also a PhD candidate in Sustainable Fashion Design at Uminho, Guimarães. Co-founder and Educational Manager of IFMM - Instituto Felipe Martins de Melo -, she helped to create and implement a ‘Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning and Community Exchange Programme’ designed for university students to develop themselves as holistic human beings to awake their social responsibilities. Besides that, she offers workshops and lectures related to Sustainable Fashion, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Conscious Consumption at universities worldwide and for peripheral communities negleted by the Brazilian government.