Stacey is the Managing Director (2018-present) and a Research Scientist (2010-present) at the Duke GVC Center. However, she has been with the Center since its inception in 2005-06 working on the NC in the Global Economy and Nanotechnology projects. Her research involves using global value chain (GVC) analysis to identify economic, social and environmental upgrading opportunities for countries and firms in a variety of industries, including textiles and apparel, electronics/digital/ICT, medical/pharma, automotive, and several other manufacturing and technology-based sectors. She has used the framework to analyze issues ranging from employment generation to trade policy impacts for global organizations including the World Bank, the ILO, the UN Statistics Division, and UNIDO; regional organizations including the Islamic Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as a number of national governments (USA, South Korea (KIET), Costa Rica, Philippines, Nicaragua, and Bahrain). One of her primary interests is developing new research methods that combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluate country and firm participation in GVCs. She started in this field through her research on the textile industry, and received her B.S. in Textile Management and Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management from North Carolina State University.
Gary Gereffi is an Emeritus Professor at Duke University and the founding director of the Duke GVC Center. He is currently teaching a course in Public Policy on Global Value Chain Analysis. As a Professor of Sociology he taught courses on economic sociology, globalization and comparative development, and international competitiveness. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Gereffi has published numerous books and articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development in various parts of the world. His books include: Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia (Princeton University Press, 1990); Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism (Praeger Publishers, 1994); and Global Value Chains and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Gereffi’s research interests deal with the competitive strategies of global firms, the governance of GVCs, economic and social upgrading, and the global knowledge economy.