Workshops

07 - 08 JAN 2019


Workshop on Conceptualising Labour Regimes and Global Production


Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the theorisation of labour regimes in economic geography, critical development studies and employment relations. Labour regimes are seen as historically formed, multi-scalar phenomena resulting from the articulation of struggles over local social relations, often intersecting with the commercial demands of lead-firms in globalised production networks and with the gendered and racialized politics of social reproduction. This two day closed workshop was designed to develop and deepen debate on the current scope and potential of labour regime analysis for understanding dynamics of global production in contemporary capitalism. It stemmed from existing individual and collective work among several of the participants that has explicitly sought to theorise labour regimes or labour control regimes. This workshop was jointly organised by GPN@NUS Centre with Centre of Labour and Global Production of Queen Mary University of London. This workshop was held from 7-8 January 2019 at Anomalous Space, United Kingdom.

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Photos of the workshop can be perused here.

10 - 11 DEC 2018


Workshop on ‘Emerging Production Networks of Fintech’


Fintech, a shorthand for ‘financial technology’, brings together firms and actors from the finance industry and technology and innovation clusters in changing the ways that capital raising, financial transactions and investment decisions are being made, often through the use of big data, online platforms and mobile technologies. Initiated and organised by GPN@NUS, the workshop will provide valuable intellectual space for critical discussion on key research topics, conceptual themes, methods, and intellectual and policy implications for understanding changing geographies of production and finance.

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17 - 18 JUL 2018


SMU-NUS-Paris Joint Trade Workshop (Merlion 2018 Workshop)


The SMU-NUS-Paris Joint Trade Workshop (Merlion 2018 Workshop) is a joint collaboration between Singapore Management University and National University of Singapore, with support from Institut Français Singapour. In its third year running, it has the objective to bring together field experts in international trade to share and discuss their latest research. This year we are inviting two keynote speakers Professor Marc Melitz and Professor Thierry Mayer, and two invited speakers Professor Jose De Sousa and Professor Mathieu Parenti.


8 - 9 JUN 2017


Hong Kong Workshop co-organised by GPN@NUS with City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University


The GPN@NUS Centre co-organized a joint workshop with Dr He Wang (City University of Hong Kong) and A/P Chun Yang (Hong Kong Baptist University) that was held on 8-9 June 2017 at the City University of Hong Kong. This workshop focused on the role of Asia in global production networks. Some 18 scholars from Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, and the US presented their work at the workshop. Six members of the GPN@NUS Centre were amongst these presenters. The key issues discussed during this intensive workshop included the rise of Asian firms in several key industries (finance, computers, and automotive), labour and upgrading in global production networks, R&D activities in Asian economies, and marketing and logistics in global production networks. Most of the workshop participants also went on a local field trip to visit Henry’s former secondary school in Hong Kong – Diocesan Boy’s School – and were warmly welcome by the school’s principal and vice principal.


Photo of the Workshop can be perused here.

7 - 8 JUN 2017


SMU-NUS Joint Trade Workshop


GPN@NUS was pleased to collaborate in organizing a second edition of the SMU-NUS Joint Trade Workshop, held on 7-8 June 2017. As keynote speakers for this year, the workshop was honored to host Robert Staiger, the Roth Family Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth University, and Andrés Rodríguez-Clare, the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Both Professors Staiger and Rodríguez-Clare are long-standing members of the editorial board of the Journal of International Economics. The event was attended by Singapore-based faculty members and Ph.D. students working in the field of international trade and its overlap with issues in global production. NUS was well represented by A/P Davin Chor (Associate Director, GPN@NUS), Dr Tom Zyklin (post-doctoral fellow, GPN@NUS; now an Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond), and Dr Bingjing Li (Assistant Professor, Department of Economics).


Photo of the Workshop can be perused here.

25 - 26 MAY 2016


SMU-NUS Joint Trade Workshop


GPN@NUS was pleased to support the hosting and organization of the SMU-NUS Joint Trade Workshop, held from 25-26 May 2016. The keynote speakers at the event were Jonathan Eaton, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Pennsylvania State University, and Samuel Kortum, James Burrows Moffatt Professor of Economics at Yale University. The event was attended by 50 faculty members and Ph.D. students from both the Singapore Management University and the National University of Singapore. Davin Chor (Associate Director at GPN@NUS) and Tom Zylkin (Post-doctoral fellow at GPN@NUS) were among the workshop presenters. The event was a very positive engagement for colleagues working on topics related to international trade, that intersect with issues related to development and global production.


Photo of the Workshop can be perused here and here.

15 FEB 2016


Pluralizing Global Governance? China, BRICS and Global Governance


Co-organised by the NTU School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS); and NUS Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS); and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Keynote Speaker:

Professor John Ravenhill, Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada


Photo of the Workshop can be perused here.

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