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Gary Gereffi

Gary Gereffi


Department of Sociology

Duke University

Durham, NC 27708-0088 / USA


 Gary Gereffi is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Globalization, Governance, & Competitiveness at Duke University (http://www.cggc.duke.edu/).  He received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.  Gereffi has published numerous books and articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development, and he is one of the originators of the global commodity chain and global value chain frameworks.  His most recent books include:  The New Offshoring of Jobs and Global Development (International Institute of Labor Studies, 2006); Global Value Chains in a Postcrisis World: A Development Perspective (The World Bank, 2010); Shifting End Markets and Upgrading Prospects in Global Value Chains (special issue of International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2011); Skills for Upgrading: Workforce Development and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries (Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University, 2011); and Brazilian Industry in Global Value Chains (Portuguese and English) (Elsevier, 2014). 

His major ongoing research projects are:  (1) the Jordan Competitiveness Program, with a focus on ICT, clean technology, and health and life sciences, funded by USAID (2013-2017); (2) “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) (2012-2015); (3) work with the World Bank and the African Development Bank on export competitiveness and workforce development in global and regional food and agricultural value chains, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa; (4) “Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks and Trade”, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) (2009-2013); and (5) North Carolina in the Global Economy, with a focus on manufacturing, exports and jobs.