Gary Gereffi

Gary Gereffi

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External address: 
264 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5611


Gary Gereffi's major ongoing research projects are:  (1) a book (co-authored with Frederick Mayer) on the uptake of the global value chain paradigm by major international organizations in the economic and social development arena; (2) a forthcoming co-edited volume with Valentina De Marchi and Eleonora Di Maria on Local Clusters in Global Value Chains: Linking Actors and Territories Through Manufacturing and Innovation (Routledge, 2017); (3) 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; (4) member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on “The Future of Manufacturing” (2012-2016); and  (5) “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,” with case studies on Egypt, Russia, Morocco and Syria.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1980

Gereffi, G., and M. Korzeniewicz. “Commodity chains and footwear exports in the semiperiphery.” In Semiperipheral States in the World-Economy, edited by W. G. Martin, 45–68. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Gereffi, G. “Industrial Restructuring and National Development Strategies: A Comparison of Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico..” In Taiwan: A Newly Industrialized State, edited by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Wei-Yuan Cheng, and Hou-Sheng Chan, 581–616. Taipei: Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, 1989.

Gereffi, Gary, and Donald Wiman. “Determinants of Development Strategies in Latin America and East Asia.” In Pacific Dynamics: The International Politics of Industrial Change, edited by Stephan Haggard and Chung-in Moon, 23–52. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989.

Gereffi, G. “The Pharmaceuticals Market..” In Health Care in Peru: Resources and Policy, edited by Dieter K. Zschock, 165–96. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1988.

Gereffi, G. “The Renegotiation of Dependency and the Limits of State Autonomy in Mexico (1975-1982).” In Multinational Corporations: The Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment, edited by Theodore H. Moran, 83–106. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1985.

Gereffi, G. “The Global Pharmaceutical Industry and Its Impact in Latin America.” In Profits, Progress and Poverty: Case Studies of International Industries in Latin America, edited by Richard Newfarmer, 259–97. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.

Gereffi, Gary, and Richard Newfarmer. “International Oligopoly and Uneven Development: Some Lessons from Industrial Case Studies.” In Profits, Progress and Poverty, edited by Richard Newfarmer, 385–436, 1985.

Evans, Peter, and Gary Gereffi. “Foreign Investment and Dependent Development: Comparing Brazil and Mexico.” In Brazil and Mexico: Patterns in Late Development, edited by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Richard S. Weinert, 111–68. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1982.


Gereffi, Gary, John Humphrey, Raphael Kaplinsky, and Timothy J. Sturgeon. “Globalisation, Value Chains and Development.” Ids Bulletin 32 (July 2001): 1–8.

Gereffi, Gary, John Humphrey, Raphael Kaplinsky, and Timothy J. Sturgeon*. “Introduction: Globalisation, Value Chains and Development.” Ids Bulletin 32, no. 3 (July 2001): 1–8. Full Text

Gereffi, G. “Las cadenas productivas como marco analítico para la globalización..” Problemas Del Desarrollo [Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México, Mexico City, Mexico] 32 (April 2001): 9–37.

Bair, J., and G. Gereffi. “Local clusters in global chains: The causes and consequences of export dynamism in Torreon’s Blue Jeans industry.” World Development 29, no. 11 (January 1, 2001): 1885–1903. Full Text

Gereffi, Gary, and Martha A. Martinez. “Torreón’s Blue Jeans Boom: Exploring La Laguna’s Full Package Solution.” Bobbin 41 (April 2000): 44–54.

Ramaswamy, K. V., and G. Gereffi. “India's apparel exports: The challenge of global markets.” Developing Economies 38, no. 2 (January 1, 2000): 186–210. Full Text

Gereffi, G. “International trade and industrial upgrading in the apparel commodity chain.” Journal of International Economics 48, no. 1 (June 1, 1999): 37–70. Full Text


Gereffi, G., and O. memodovic. “The Global Apparel Value Chain: What Prospects for Upgrading by Developing Countries?.” Sectoral Studies Series, 2003.

Wadhwa, Vivek, Ben A. Rissing, G. Gereffi, John Trumpbour, and Pete Engardio. “The Globalization of Innovation: Pharmaceuticals: Can India and China Cure the Global Pharmaceutical Market,” n.d.