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Director Gary Gereffi, research team leaders and staff present CGGC research findings in conferences and public forums, addressing topics such as international development, the global knowledge economy, clean energy, and U.S. competitiveness. CGGC and its partners also sponsor such events, drawing on scholars and researchers from around the globe.

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Duke GVC Summit

October 29-31  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
Duke University hosted a Global Summit for policy leaders who are thinking about value chains, governance and development in the world’s top international organizations. We have three main objectives: Direct policy impact: The summit will involve people in positions to make policy at top international organizations—such as the World Bank, the IFC, the World Trade Organization, World Economic Forum, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, OECD, UNCTAD, UNIDO, ITC, and the ILO, among others—all of whom are interested in the policy implications of a world economy increasingly influenced by global and regional value chains. Influence on development discourse among practitioners: Outputs of the summit, including a summit webpage, live video, a mini-documentary, and a series of policy briefs, will reach a global audience interested in issues of globalization and development. Academic research on governance and value chains: By interacting with leading practitioners, academic researchers will gain a better understanding of the key issues and questions facing policymakers, and will help to disseminate the results of the Global Summit to diverse groups.
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Panel to Discuss State of NC Economy

April 21, 2014  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Erwin Mill Building, Room A103
How seven key North Carolina industries have adapted to major changes in the U.S. and the global economy over the past several years is the focus of a panel discussion Monday, April 21 (3-5pm), at Duke University. The discussion included leaders from the state Department of Commerce, Durham Technical Community College and Duke. The event was free and open to the public. Much of the information discussed is included in an updated website produced by Duke CGGC (, also launched April 21.
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Workshop on Governance in a “GVC” World

April 11-13, 2013  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Social Science Research Institute, Erwin Mill Building, Room A103
The workshop involves a number of prominent GVC researchers and a variety of other local scholars on the theme of Governance in a Global Value Chain World. The workshop was supported by the Center for International Studies (CIS) at Duke, and was part of the Globalization, Governance and Development (GGD) seminar that Giovanni Zanalda and Gary Gereffi co-organized.
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Technology Innovation and the Coal Value Chain Conference

March 27  |  Washington, DC  |  Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Duke University and Bank of America hosted the conference “Technology Innovation and the Coal Value Chain” in Washington, D.C. The conference explored the role of coal in the U.S. energy future. It featured discussions on the state of the coal value chain, technologies on the horizon that may have the potential to address the environmental impacts of coal use, and options for public policy to spur deployment of innovative coal technologies. The agenda included presentations by individuals from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke CGGC, Bank of America, Duke Energy, American Electric Power, Carnegie Mellon, Alstom, Clean Air Task Force and others. The event was free and open to the public.
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CGGC Nicaragua Delegation Meeting

March 20  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
On March 20, 2013, a delegation from Nicaragua led by General Alvaro Baltodano, Presidential Delegate for Investment, Promotion and Foreign Trade, met with Stacey Frederick, Research Scientist, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Senior Research Analyst and Mike Hensen, Assistant Director, to follow up on a 2010 CGGC research project led by Gary Gereffi on improving the competitiveness of Nicaragua’s textiles and apparel industry. As part of the study, Gereffi and Duke alumnus and University of Colorado faculty member Jennifer Bair, led the research team to Nicaragua in the fall of 2010 to interview textile and apparel companies and government officials involved in trade promotion in this sector. The visit to Duke, facilitated by Ambassador Michael Samuels, President of Samuels International Affiliates, who was accompanied by Ms. Kimberly Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel in the US Department of Commerce, was to discuss future CGGC research targeted at identifying new growth strategies for Nicaragua in textiles, including attracting foreign direct investment, that would increase national employment and improve Nicaragua’s overall global market share in this industry.
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Bus Rapid Transit in the United States: Building a Business Constituency

March 7-8  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Thomas Center
A one-day working meeting to focus on how to build a BRT “industry” as an assertive constituency, similar to those for light rail and high-speed rail. Invited participants will include industry representatives in bus manufacturing, intelligent transportation systems, fare collection, consulting, design, and system operations; finance experts; FTA representatives; and leading BRT advocates and researchers.
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SKILLS FOR UPGRADING: Workforce Development and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries

November 17  |  Washington, DC  |  Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center
RTI International, Duke CGGC, and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) held a workshop to launch the Skills for Upgrading study. This research project examines workforce development strategies in developing countries in the context of the shifting upgrading dynamics of global value chains. Funded by RTI International and carried out by Duke CGGC, this research addresses policymakers, donors and development practitioners to improve our understanding of how workforce development strategies can enhance the upgrading efforts and competitiveness of developing countries in global industries. Opening remarks were by Claudio Cortellese of the MIF giving an overview of the importance of efficiently and effectively targeting workforce development in Latin America to support economic growth. The luncheon session by Alejandro Banegas of IAGSA (Honduras) provided a private sector perspective of the challenges of GVC upgrading and workforce development in Honduras in the global fruit and vegetable industry. The workshop website, agenda, and select presentations are listed below.
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Capturing the Energy Efficiency Opportunity Workshop

September 17  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
Duke University and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) hosted an interactive workshop, facilitated by Duke faculty and staff with Climate Corps alumni and their host companies, to distill lessons learned from three years of work on ways companies can make their manufacturing and other corporate processes more efficient and reduce carbon emissions. An event summary report, published in March 2011, is provided below, entitled: Capturing the Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Lessons from EDF Climate Corps.
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Duke-VIU 2009 International Summer Research Workshop

July 5-10  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
CGGC, together with Venice International University’s (VIU) Center for Studies on Technologies in Distributed Intelligence Systems (TeDIS) hosted the 2009 International Summer Research Workshop around the theme of Economic, Social and Environmental Restructuring in Global Value Chains.

Duke-VIU 2008 International Summer Research Workshop

July 13-18, 2008  |  Venice  |  Venice International University
Duke-CGGC, together with Venice International University’s Center for Studies on Technologies in Distributed Intelligence Systems (TeDIS), expanded their ongoing collaboration by developing a new International Summer Research Workshop.
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Visualizing North Carolina in the Global Economy Open House

October 16, 2007  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Erwin Mill Building, A103
This \'Open House\' is to recognize the conclusion of the first phase of work on updating and upgrading CGGC\'s website on North Carolina in the Global Economy with new data to bring this site to its 2007 version, utilizing new visualization tools for the display of the data made possible by a collaboration with Duke\'s Center for Instructional Technology.

Nanotechnology and the Emerging Global Knowledge Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in an International Context

March 2007  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
A mini-conference on diverse elements of the global economy touching on nanotechnology research projects, the supply and demand for engineers and scientists and other related topics. This meeting was two days (March 29-30) and involved selected international scholars and industry representatives, North Carolina nanotechnology firms and regional policymakers.
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GVC Workshop: Industrial Upgrading, Offshore Production, and Labor

November 9-10, 2006  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Erwin Mill Building
Two-day workshop. Not open to the public.
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VIU-CGGC Global Value Chains Training

February 6-17, 2006
CGGC, with Venice International University (VIU), held a joint research and training program, linking VIU’s work on Italian industrial districts and CGGC’s work on global value chains.

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