Stacey is both the Managing Director (July 2018) and a Research Scientist (May 2010) at the Duke GVC Center. However, she started in 2006 as a student 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 clients including the World Bank, KIET, the Inter-American Development Bank, ILO, and UNIDO among others as well as a number of country governments (USA, 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.