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


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. T Sturgeon, G Gereffi, A Guinn and E Zylberberg, A Indstria Brasileira e as Candenas Globais de Valor (Brazilian Industry en Global Value Chains), manual (2014), Elsevier
  2. G Gereffi, Global value chains in a post-Washington Consensus world, Review of International Political Economy, vol. 21 no. 1 (February, 2014), pp. 9-37, ISSN 0969-2290 [DukeSpace]
  3. Olivier Cattaneo, Gary Gereffi, Sebastien Miroudot, and Daria Taglioni, Joining, Upgrading and Being Competitive in Global Value Chains: A Strategic Framework, World Bank (April, 2013) (Policy Research Working Paper 6406.) [main]
  4. J Lee, G Gereffi and J Beauvais, Global value chains and agrifood standards: challenges and possibilities for smallholders in developing countries., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 109 no. 31 (July 31, 2012), pp. 12326-12331, ISSN 0027-8424 (Part of Special Feature on “Agriculture Development and Nutrition Security.”.) [DukeSpace], [doi]  [abs]
  5. 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]
  6. G Gereffi and J Lee, Why the World Suddenly Cares About Global Supply Chains, JOURNAL OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, vol. 48 no. 3 (July, 2012), pp. 24-32, ISSN 1523-2409 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  7. G Gereffi and M Christian, The Impacts of Wal-Mart: The Rise and Consequences of the World's Dominant Retailer, ANNUAL REVIEW OF SOCIOLOGY, vol. 35 no. 573-591 (2009), pp. 573-591, ISSN 0360-0572 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  8. S Barrientos, G Gereffi and A Rossi, Economic and social upgrading in global production networks: A new paradigm for a changing world, INTERNATIONAL LABOUR REVIEW, vol. 150 no. 3-4 (2011), pp. 319-340, ISSN 0020-7780 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  9. G Gereffi, Global Value Chains and International Competition, The Antitrust Bulletin, vol. 56 no. 1 (2011), pp. 37-56 [DukeSpace]
  10. F Mayer and G Gereffi, Regulation and economic globalization: Prospects and limits of private governance, Business and Politics, vol. 12 no. 3 (Winter, 2010), ISSN 1369-5258 [DukeSpace], [doi]  [abs]