Visitors to the GPN@NUS Centre


01-04 MAY 2017


James Jixian Wang, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

Visiting Engagement Session

Assoc Prof. James Wang from the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Geography visited our Centre from 1 to 4 May 2017. An expert in transport geography, logistics, and consumption network research, A/P Wang met with the Centre’s two co-directors and Dr Karen Lai to discuss common research interests. He also gave a seminar on "Cross-Border E-Commerce in South China: from a Perspective of Global Consumption Networks" that was well attended.

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25 APR 2017


Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Visiting Engagement Session

The Centre was very pleased to host Prof Richard Baldwin on 25 April 2017, during his visit to NUS as the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Term Professor. In addition to his appointment at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Prof Baldwin is also the current President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), as well as the Founder and Editor-in Chief of VOX (the CEPR's Policy Portal). Prof Baldwin has written numerous articles and books on the topics of international trade, globalisation, and regionalism; his most recent book is entitled "The Great Convergence: The Changing Face of Global Trade" (Harvard University Press). Through an engaging discussion meeting as well as a formal research seminar, Prof Baldwin shared with Centre members his thoughts on recent developments in global production and his views on the outlook moving forward.

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03 APR 2017


Gene Grossman, Jacob Viner Professor of International Economics, Department of Economics, Princeton University

Visiting Seminar Speaker

The Centre was delighted to host Prof Gene Grossman, the Jacob Viner Professor of International Economics at Princeton University, on 3 April 2017. A world renown trade theorist, Prof Grossman's research over the past thirty years has moved forward our understanding on various important topics, including: the relationship between international trade and growth, the political economy of trade policy, and the labor market consequences of offshoring. Prof Grossman presented a seminar on a recent working paper with Elhanan Helpman (Harvard University), entitled "Growth, Trade, and Inequality".

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19-28 JAN 2017


Gavin Bridge, Durham University, United Kingdom

Visiting Engagement Session

The Centre was very pleased to host Professor Gavin Bridge for nine days at the end of January. In addition to delivering a GPN@NUS seminar on the evolution of global production networks in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector and participating in a Centre meeting, Gavin held conversations with a range of Centre researchers in relation to potential research projects on oil and gas production networks in Asia. More specifically, work on Singapore's developing strategic position in oil and gas networks, and the state strategies that lie behind that involvement, was discussed.

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07-20 NOV 2016


Jana Kleibert, Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner, Berlin

Visiting Engagement Session

The Centre was delighted to host Dr Jana Kleibert for a two week period. In addition to delivering a GPN@NUS seminar and attending Centre meetings, Jana interacted with a range of Centre members in relation to her work on global production networks, service industries and urban transformations, building on her PhD work on offshore services in the Philippines (and Manila in particular). She also discussed possible future research on enclave spaces and the globalization of higher education in the Asian context.

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04-30 AUG 2016


Andy Pike, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Visiting Engagement Session

The Centre was delighted to help host Professor Andy Pike during August 2016. In addition to delivering a GPN@NUS seminar on funding, financing and governing urban infrastructure and participating in Centre meetings, Andy held further discussions with a wide range of colleagues. Discussion topics included links between GPN@NUS and the well established Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University, and the potential for developing evolutionary perspectives on global production networks.

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05-31 MAY 2016


Gary Gereffi (Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University)

Visiting Professor

The Centre was delighted to host its International Advisory Committee member Gary Gereffi as a Visiting Professor from 05th to 31st May 2016. A pioneer in the study of global value chains, Gary is the author of some of the most influential works on global production and development. While at the Centre, Gary offered advice on ongoing projects and shared his deep expertise with us in various research meetings and workshops. In addition, Gary gave a timely seminar on the uptake of global value chains by international organizations, which also offered a retrospective on the intellectual history of the field and a prospective look at the potential of global value chain analysis for international organizations. Gary was based in the Department of Sociology at NUS for the month.

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02-26 MAY 2016


Stefano Ponte (Copenhagen Business School)

Visiting Professor

The Centre was delighted to host its International Advisory Committee member Stefano Ponte as a Visiting Professor from 2nd-26th May 2016. Stefano is well known for his work on modes of governance and upgrading processes in global production networks, with a recent focus on environmental upgrading trajectories. During his time with us, Stefano attended and gave advice at our Centre research meetings/workshops, delivered a research seminar, initiated a collaborative research project in Indonesia, and worked on several writing projects encompassing a book on sustainability governance in global value chains, and papers on power in global value chains and the potential impacts of 3D printing. Stefano was based in the Department of Geography at NUS for the month.

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APR-MAY 2016


Yuqing Xing (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo)

Visiting Professor

GPN@NUS was pleased to host Xing Yuqing from 14th April to 13th May 2016. A member of the Centre's International Advisory Council, Yuqing has worked extensively on understanding the implications of global value chains in East Asia, and how this has influenced the conduct of trade and exchange rate policy in the region. During his stay, Yuqing delivered a seminar on "Rising Wages, Yuan’s Appreciation and China’s Processing Exports".

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4-8 APR 2016


Pol Antràs (Robert G. Ory Professor of Economics, Harvard University)

Visiting Professor

The Centre was delighted to host Pol Antràs from 4th to 8th April 2016, in collaboration with the Department of Economics at NUS. A leading trade economist, Pol's work has helped to shape thinking within the economics profession on the topics of global sourcing and the global fragmentation of production processes. During his time in Singapore, Pol engaged with the members of GPN@NUS to provide input on the Centre's ongoing research program, while also delivering a research seminar on his latest work on the relationship between trade and inequality when redistribution is costly.

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JAN-APR 2016


Stephanie Barrientos (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester)

Visiting Professor

The Centre was delighted to host its International Advisory Committee member Stephanie Barrientos as a Visiting Professor for three months from 11th January to 8th April 2016. Stephanie is widely renowned for her work on gender, global production, employment, decent work, trade and labour standards, corporate social responsibility, fair trade, and ethical trade. During her time with us, Stephanie attended and gave advice at our biweekly Centre research meetings, delivered a research seminar, undertook research in the region, and worked on a book manuscript on gender and global production networks for Cambridge University Press. Stephanie was based in the Department of Geography at NUS for the three months.

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11-19 MAY 2015


James Faulconbridge (University of Lancaster)

Visiting Engagement Session

The Centre was pleased to host Professor James Faulconbridge over the course of a week. On 19th May 2015, James met the team to share his ongoing work on inward investment in the legal and accountancy sectors in Singapore. He also discussed a range of theoretical and methodological ideas for connecting the Centre's work to research on advanced business service sectors. More generally, James' research interests encompass globalization and professional service firms, knowledge and innovation, and business and everyday mobilities.

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27-30 APR 2015


Stephan M. Haggard (University of California, San Diego)

International Advisory Committee Member Visiting Engagement Session

The Centre extended a warm welcome to its International Advisory Committee member Stephan Haggard, on 28 April 2015. Stephan was with the Centre's Standing Committee members for the duration of the day to provide input vis-a-vis GPN@NUS' research focus from an international political economy and political science perspective. Stephan has done work in the fields of inequality, democratization and authoritarianism in developing countries, and in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular.

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