Visiting Scholars

Giulio Buciuni

Dr. Giulio Buciuni is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and the director of the M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship at Trinity College-Dublin, which he launched in September 2017. Dr. Buciuni is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center on Global Value Chains at Duke University since 2011. Prior to joining Trinity Business School, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto and at Cà Foscari University of Venice.

Giulio’s research interest focuses on entrepreneurial ecosystems, SMEs’ internationalization strategies and innovation in Global Value Chains (GVC). In particular, his most recent research analyses the relationship between manufacturing firms’ outsourcing strategy and their innovation capabilities and the evolution of innovation clusters in the global economy. The results of his works have been published in academic journals and books like Regional Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change and the Oxford Handbook for Local Competitiveness as well as by the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In addition to working in the academic sector, Dr. Buciuni is the co-founder of a born-global firm operating in the furniture and contract sector and is involved in several consulting and mentoring activities supporting the establishment and growth of new businesses.


Stephanie Barrientos

Stephanie Barrientos is Professor of Global Development at the University of Manchester. Previously she was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Stephanie has researched and published widely on gender, agribusiness and employment in global value chains and production networks; trade and labour standards; corporate social responsibility, fair and ethical trade. She has undertaken research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She led DFID funded research on Gender and Ethical Trade in African Horticulture; Ford Foundation funded research on Fairtrade in Africa; and the UK Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Impact Assessment. She led research commissioned by Cadbury Mapping Sustainable Cocoa Production in Ghana and India. This informed formation of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership (UK£45m) followed by Mondelez Cocoa Life (US$400m) to support cocoa farmers, and Cadbury’s adoption of Fairtrade. She co-coordinated with Professor Gary Gereffi (Duke University) the DFID funded (UK£1.9m) international research network Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks involving 40 researchers in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA ( She has advised a large number of companies, NGOs, government and international organisations including Body Shop, Cadbury/Mondelez, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Oxfam, WIEGO, ILO, and UNTAD. Stephanie held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2013-16) working on a book manuscript Retail Shift: Gender and Work in Global Value Chains.


Anna Giunta

Anna Giunta is Full Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics, University Roma Tre. She will be visiting at CGGC until the mid of December, 2013. Her current research interests are: Global Value Chains; Firms’ Organization; Firms’ Internationalization; Industrial and Regional Policy Evaluation; Italian Economy; Regional Disparities. In her research, she is applying the Global Value Chain Approach to firms operating in developed countries. Her recent papers on GVC are published on: International Review of Applied Economics, 2013, Doi 10.1080/02692171.2013.826634;, 15 December, 2012; International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, vol. 5, N. 3, 267-290, 2012; Regional Studies, Vol. 46, N. 8, 1067- 1083, 2012; Occasional Paper, n. 86, Banca d’Italia, Rome, 2011, International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, vol. 11, 236-253, 2011.


Fuyi Li

Fuyi is a visiting scholar from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She is pursuing her PhD in the School of International Trade and Economics. Her research interests focus on the competitiveness of China and emerging East Asian countries and the impacts of policies on industrial upgrading strategies, economic and social development.


Dev Nathan

Studied economics at Bombay University, but works more broadly as a social scientist. Besides labour conditions in global production, he has also worked extensively on rural development, gender relations and indigenous peoples’ development. Some of his research is combined with consultancy for international organizations, such as IFAD, ADB, ILO, UNICEF, etc. Has been a columnist for the Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai. Designated an Honorary Professor by the Institute of Ethnology, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, China, he is also Visiting Professor at the Institute for Human Development , New Delhi. Some of his recent publications include Labour in Global Production in India (2010, co-editor), Social Exclusion and Adverse Inclusion: Development and Development of Adivasis in India (2012, co-editor), and Markets and Development of Indigenous Peoples in Asia (2012, co-author).


Stefano Ponte

2017-2018 Visiting Research Fellow at the Duke University GVC Center

Professor of International Political Economy, Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School

I am primarily interested in transnational economic and environmental governance, with focus on overlaps and tensions between private governance and public regulation. My research, fieldwork, teaching and policy work is informed by international political economy approaches, global value chain analysis and convention theory.

I analyze governance dynamics and economic and environmental upgrading trajectories in global value chains — especially in developing countries and in Africa. I am particularly interested in sustainability trajectories in the shipping and aviation industries, in how sustainability standards, labels and certifications shape agro-food value chains, and in how different forms of partnerships affect sustainability outcomes.

Finally, I am involved in projects critically examining the role of celebrities and branding in these processes, new forms of corporate social and environmental responsibility, and cause-related marketing.