Honorary Doctorate Degree to Gary Gereffi


With the resolution of the University of Padua Department of Economics and Management proposal, on March 13 at 3 p.m. at the Aula Magna of Palazzo del Bo, Rector Daniela Mapelli confers the honorary doctorate in Economics and Management to Gary Gereffi, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Director of the Global Value Chains Center at Duke University.

Gereffi has built a theoretical framework of Global Value Chains with fellow scholars John Humphrey and Timothy Sturgeon. As his main scientific contribution, the framework aims to bring an understanding to the international development policies and strategies of production implemented by US multinationals. Gereffi’s work introduces an original and interdisciplinary perspective on the complex process of globalization and its economic, social, political, and environmental impact.

Contributions on this topic have made Gereffi a world-renowned scholar and a reference point for those dealing with issues of globalization from various disciplinary angles and interdisciplinary approaches.

The scientific authority achieved by Professor Gereffi led him to collaborate in research projects and to carry out consultancy activities for prestigious international bodies such as the World Bank, World Economic Forum, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), ILO (International Labor Organization), and WHO (World Health Organization).

Professor Gereffi delivers his lecture on Reglobalization in a Post-Pandemic Supply Chain World. Followed by a musical performance by Concentus Musicus Patavinus.

The event is live-streamed on YouTube.

From 4.30 p.m., there will be the workshop "Global Value Chain studies: taking stock, looking ahead", in which academics and practitioners will discuss the contribution of the GVC literature to the understanding of dynamics related to globalisation and local development, environmental and social sustainability, digitisation, and what research frontiers businesses, institutions and researchers will have to address in the years to come.

Participation is available by registration only.

Gary Gereffi was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Yale University. He has taught at Duke University since 1980 and is the Founding Director of the Duke Global Value Chains Center. Gereffi has published over a dozen books and numerous articles on globalization, global supply chains, and economic, social. and environmental upgrading, and he is an originator of the Global Value Chains (GVC) framework. Recent books include: Global Value Chains and Development: Redefining the Contours of 21st Century Capitalism, Cambridge University Press, 2018; Handbook on Global Value Chains (co-edited with Stefano Ponte and Gale Raj-Reichert), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019; and China’s New Development Strategies: Upgrading from Above and from Below in Global Value Chains (co-edited with Penny Bamber and Karina Fernandez-Stark), Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. Gereffi gave the 7th Nobel Peace Social Policy Lectures for the International Labour Organization on “The New Offshoring of Jobs and Global Development” (2005), and he has been guest professor at a variety of universities across the world.