The VSS Academic Advisory Council gathers an international and multi-disciplinary mix of academic experts involved in research on voluntary sustainability standards. Through its annual conferences, it offers the opportunity to discuss the latest research as well as ‘hot topics’ on VSS (see Objectives of the AAC).
The AAC permanent members will typically be invited to the AAC annual conferences, gathering academics from diverse backgrounds and, potentially, other stakeholders in the VSS system (with a stakeholder member status). However, participation in the AAC annual conferences is not mandatory. Participating members on the other hand, are not required to present their latest research or papers during the annual conferences but are rather expected to provide input to the discussions, drawing on their expertise and their knowledge of the literature on VSS.
Membership of the AAC is by invitation. As the AAC is striving for global reach, applications are welcome.
The following criteria will be used to assess membership of the AAC:
- Affiliation to an academic institution
- Geographical location
- Disciplinary background
- At least 5 publications focusing explicitly on voluntary sustainability standards
- Publication on VSS in the last 3 years
- At least 5 years seniority as a post-doctoral researcher at an academic institutions
Members’ appointment procedure will be based on ensuring a balanced representation of countries/universities of affiliation and of different disciplines involved in VSS research.
Membership in the AAC is free of charge.
Names, academic affiliations, and hyperlink to publication list of permanent members may be referenced.