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Gary Gereffi, Faculty of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Gary Gereffi
Contact Info:
Office Location:  264 Sociology-Psychology Bldg., Box 90088
Office Phone:  919-660-5611
Email Address: send me a message

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264 Sociology-Psychology Bldg., Box 90088
Durham, NC 27708

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

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Representative Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Sturgeon, T; Gereffi, G; Guinn, A; Zylberberg, E, A Indstria Brasileira e as Candenas Globais de Valor (Brazilian Industry en Global Value Chains) (2014), Elsevier
    2. Gereffi, G, Global value chains in a post-Washington Consensus world, Review of International Political Economy, vol. 21 no. 1 (January, 2014), pp. 9-37, ISSN 0969-2290 [repository], [doi]  [abs]
    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. Lee, J; Gereffi, G; Beauvais, J, 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, 2012), pp. 12326-12331, ISSN 0027-8424 (Part of Special Feature on “Agriculture Development and Nutrition Security.”.) [repository], [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. Gereffi, G; Lee, J, Why the World Suddenly Cares About Global Supply Chains, Journal of Supply Chain Management, vol. 48 no. 3 (July, 2012), pp. 24-32, WILEY, ISSN 1523-2409 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
    7. Gereffi, G; Christian, M, The impacts of Wal-Mart: The rise and consequences of the world's dominant retailer, Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 35 no. 1 (December, 2009), pp. 573-591, ANNUAL REVIEWS, ISSN 0360-0572 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
    8. Barrientos, S; Gereffi, G; Rossi, A, Economic and social upgrading in global production networks: A new paradigm for a changing world, International Labour Review, vol. 150 no. 3-4 (December, 2011), pp. 319-340, WILEY, ISSN 0020-7780 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
    9. Gereffi, G, Global Value Chains and International Competition, The Antitrust Bulletin, vol. 56 no. 1 (2011), pp. 37-56 [repository], [doi]  [abs]
    10. Mayer, F; Gereffi, G, Regulation and Economic Globalization: Prospects and Limits of Private Governance, Business and Politics, vol. 12 no. 03 (Winter, 2010), pp. 1-25, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 1369-5258 [repository], [doi]  [abs]

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