Gary Gereffi, Professor of Sociology and Energy Initiative

Gary Gereffi
Office Location:  264 Soc-Psych
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5611/660-5614
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):


Ph.D.Yale University1980
M.A. & M.Phil.Yale University1974
B.A.University of Notre Dame1970
Research Interests:

Gary Gereffi’s major ongoing research projects are: (1) a book on the uptake of the global value chain paradigm by major international organizations in the economic and social development arena (expected completion date: Dec. 2015); (2) work with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank on export competitiveness, workforce development, and regional value chains, with an emphasis on Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa; (3) member of the Global Agenda Council on “The Future of Manufacturing” (World Economic Forum), which will initiate a bi-annual “Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit” co-sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), beginning in 2016; and (4) “A Global Value Chain Analysis of Food Security and Food Staples in the Energy-Exporting Countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region,” funded by the Minerva Initiative (U.S. Dept. of Defense) (2012-2016).

Areas of Interest:

Comparative/Historical Sociology,
Economy and Society


Agriculture • Asia • Central America • Deindustrialization • Developing Countries • East Asia • Food Supply • Free trade • Global Value Chains • Globalization • Governance • Human capital • Humans • Industrial districts • Industrial Upgrading • Industry • Information technology • International Competitiveness • Knowledge economy • Labor • Latin America • Models, Econometric • Morocco • North America • South Asia • Sustainability • Textile Industry • Transaction costs

Current Ph.D. Students  

Representative Publications

  1. Cornelia Staritz, Gary Gereffi and Olivier Cattaneo, co-editors, Shifting End Markets and Upgrading Prospects in Global Value Chains, Special issue of International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID), vol. Vol. 4, Nos. 1/2/3 (2011) [3]