Network O’s GVC Conversations 2023 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, firms and workers, and the future of globalization. Talks will feature recently published GVC-related journal special issues (SI) or books, so that participants can get an overview of the key insights emerging from these new publications and discuss with authors and editors the future research lines emerging.

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


2023 Webinars





March 30



Gary Gereffi (Duke Global Value Chains Center & Department of Sociology, Duke University) 

Huiwen Gong (Institute of Geography & Center for

Regional Economic Development, University of Bern)

Martin Hess (Department of Geography, University of Manchester)

Jana Kleibert (Department of Geography, University of Hamburg)

Moderator: Rory Horner (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester)

A Special Issue of Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society on ‘Globalisation in Reverse? Reconfiguring the Geographies of Value Chains and Production Networks’

June 15


Author: Jean Chalaby (School of Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Sociology and Criminology, City, University of London, UK) 

Discussants: Jennifer Johns (School of Management, University of Bristol, UK); Dev Nathan (Visiting Scholar, The New School for Social Research, New York & Visiting Professor, Institute for Human Development, Delhi)

Moderator: Matthew Alford (Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester)

A Discussion of Television in the Streaming Era: The Global Shift (Cambridge University Press, 2023)

Past Network O Webinars
To watch webinars from past years, please visit SASE’s GVC Conversations YouTube playlist here.

If you have edited a SI or a book on GVC-related issues and would like to be featured in the series, please do contact the webinar series editors: Matthew Alford (Manchester U.), Jennifer Bair (U. of Virginia),  Rory Horner (Manchester U.), and Cornelia Staritz (U. of Vienna).