Network O’s GVC Conversations 2021 Webinar Series

While global value chains (GVCs) are widely recognized as key arteries in the global economy, recent geopolitical shifts, climate change, a global pandemic, and digital transformation are combining to upend long-held assumptions. The US-China trade war and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have revealed fragilities and vulnerabilities stark enough to call the future of GVCs into question. Climate change is creating pressure to shorten supply-chains, while digitization is both enabling distance work and reducing the importance of the flows of goods and foreign direct investment that have long underpinned research into GVCs. The inflection point generated by these changes, some long-brewing and others more sudden and even catastrophic, is causing many GVC researchers to pivot as well. 

This webinar series is meant to be a platform to openly and collectively discuss some of the cutting-edge work on these changes and draw out the implications for economies, workers, and the future of globalization. Talks by several leading authors in the field will start off the conversations, which are meant to engage participants, especially but not only early career, to share their views and ongoing research. 

For more details on the initial webinars organized by Network O (Global Value Chains), including registration links, click the talk titles below:

January 28
Gary Gereffi
Duke Global Value Chains Center
Impact of COVID-19 on GVCs and Shortages of Medical Supplies
February 25
Stephanie Barrientos
University of Manchester
Building back Equitably: Spotlight on COVID-19 and Women Workers in GVCs

March 25

Mark Anner
Penn State
Squeezing Suppliers and Workers: The Unequal Distribution of Costs along GVCs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Each webinar will take place on
Zoom at 2:00pm CET.