About the Duke GVC Center


The Duke University Global Value Chains Center Center (previously the 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 by utilizing the global value chain (GVC) framework, created by a team including 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 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.  The Duke GVC Center has researched some 50 unique industries or value chains and has produced over 100 reports across more than 35 countries. Duke GVC researchers have also given hundreds of presentations, authored numerous additional publications, and have led several training workshops.


The 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. Our researchers have extensive experience utilizing the GVC framework to address high-priority development challenges. 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 tools across the university as well as its strong network  outside of Duke in its activities.