About the Duke GVC Center


The Duke University Global Value Chains Center Center (previously known as the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness) undertakes client-sponsored research that addresses economic and social development issues for governments, foundations and international organizations. We do this principally utilizing the global value chain (GVC) framework, created by Founding Director Gary Gereffi, and supplemented by other analytical tools. As a university-based research center, we address clients’ real world questions with transparency and rigor.


The Duke GVC Center’s customized research, training and advising services for clients sheds light on issues such as:

– How developing countries can enter and upgrade in global value chains
– Workforce development strategies
– Environmental sustainability goals
– Inclusive development impacting all sectors of society

Our work provides decision-makers with new language and tools to understand globalization and economic development. This practical, real-world advice leads to better decision-making.

The Duke GVC Center’s work spans food and agriculture, energy and the environment, services, as well as multiple manufacturing industries ranging from textiles and apparel to medical devices. In total, the Duke GVC Center has researched some 50 unique industries or value chains and has produced 85 reports across 31 countries. Duke GVC researchers have given 93 presentations, authored over 100 additional publications and have led several training workshops.


The Duke GVC Center’s research team is experienced at using the GVC framework and other analytical tools to provide an industry-centric view of economic globalization that highlights linkages across countries and firms. The GVC framework offers analysis at the multi-country, regional and sub-national levels and can be applied across any industry. The Center, part of Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), leverages the tools across the university as well as its strong academic network (both inside and outside of Duke) in all its activities.