Cornelia Staritz is Tenure Track Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. She is also Research Associate at the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE) and at the Policy Research on International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM) at the Department of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Prior to her position at the University of Vienna, she worked as a Senior Researcher at ÖFSE and as a Junior Professional Officer in the Trade Department at the World Bank in Washington D.C. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Doctorate in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Cornelia’s research focuses on political economy of development, international trade and trade policy, global value chains and production networks, and labor and global production. She is generally interested in the (uneven) development outcomes and contradictions of global value chain-based development strategies in countries of the Global South, which she studies from a political economy perspective. Cornelia has researched widely on different global value chains focusing on manufacturing sectors, particularly apparel, and commodity sectors, particularly cotton and cocoa, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. She has published in leading journals in the fields of political economy, economic geography, and development studies. Cornelia has led and contributed to research projects funded e.g. by the German Research Foundation and the Austrian Science Fund or the Danish Council for Independent Research as well as various consultancies for international organizations and donors.