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School of Business and Management

Dr Elena Baglioni


Senior Lecturer in Global Supply Chain Management

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8593
Room Number: Room 3.44e, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: Monday 12.00pm - 2.00pm (Semester A)




Elena is Senior Lecturer in Global Supply Chain Management and joined Queen Mary in 2011. Her background is in politics, history, and development studies. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Bologna, an  MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, and a Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna. She has been studying for years historical processes of development in low income countries with particular reference to sub-Saharan Africa and has conducted extensive research in Senegal within poverty reduction, export agriculture and land grabbing. Elena’s research interests broadly include agrarian political economy, economic geography, and the political economy of global value chains. Her most recent interests span the political economy of natural resource industries, labour process analysis and ecology,  labour regimes and social reproduction analyses. 



  • BUS326: Global Supply Chains


  • BUSM091: Global Supply Chain Management


Elena is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research Interests:

Elena’s interests span the political economy of global value chains, especially in relations to the world food economy and the environment. Her most recent and current research focuses on:

  • labour regimes,
  • the labour process and ecology,
  • gender and social reproduction within global value chains. 

Centre and Group Membership:



Journal articles

  • Elena Baglioni 2021, The making of cheap labour across production and reproduction. Control and resistance in the Senegalese horticultural value chain, Work, Employment and Society, forthcoming.
  • Elena Baglioni, Liam Campling and Gerard Hanlon 2021, Beyond rentiership: Standardisation, intangibles and value capture in global production, Environment and Planning A, early view.
  • Elena Baglioni, Liam Campling and Gerard Hanlon 2019, Global value chains as entrepreneurial capture: insights from management theory, Review of International Political Economy, 27(4): 903-925.
  • Elena Baglioni 2018, Labour control and the labour question in global production networks: exploitation and disciplining in Senegalese export horticulture, Journal of Economic Geography, 18(1): 11-137.
  • Elena Baglioni and Liam Campling 2017, Natural resource industries as global value chains: Frontiers, fetishism, labour and the state, Environment and Planning A, 49(11): 2437-2456.
  • Elena Baglioni 2015, Straddling Contract and Estate Farming: Accumulation Strategies of Senegalese Horticultural Exporters, Journal of Agrarian Change, 15(1): 17–42.
  • Elena Baglioni and Peter Gibbon 2013, Land Grabbing, Large- and Small-scale Farming: what can evidence and policy from 20th century Africa contribute to the debate?, in Third World Quarterly, 34(9): 1558-1581.
  • Elena Baglioni and Corrado Tornimbeni 2009, ‘Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: Approaches and Policies’, in afriche & orienti, year XI, No. 2.
  • Elena Baglioni 2004, ‘Poverty Reduction in Senegal: An Analysis of National and International Policies’, (translation from Italian), in Africa, Year LIX, N. 3-4: 285-315.

Book chapters

  • Elena Baglioni and Alessandra Mezzadri 2020, 'Labour Control Regimes and Social Reproduction: Some Reflections on the Strengths and Weaknesses of an Evolving Framework', in A. Hammer, A. Fishwick, (eds), The Political Economy of Work in the Global South, London: Macmillan.
  • Liam Campling and Elena Baglioni 2019, The Political Economy of Natural Resources, in the International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, 2nd Edition.
  • Elena Baglioni, Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice 2017, ‘The Nature of the Firm in Global Value Chains', in G. Baars & A. Spicer (eds),   The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.314-325.


Current Doctoral Students:

2nd Supervisor

  • Hyunjung Kim,  ‘Rethinking Sovereign Territoriality in Hybrid Governance: Governing mobile labour in Korea and Taiwan’s distant water fisheries.’
  • Fletcher O'Leary, 'The project examines the role of corporate security, logistics, and the political economy of circulation.'
  • Zafer Ornek