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Diletta Pegoraro is a Master's candidate in International Management at Cà Foscari University in Venice, Italy. After her studies in accounting and auditing, she has examined in depth the international practices adopted by Italian SMEs. By attending Venice International University she obtained the opportunity to develop her master's thesis at CGGC as Visiting Scholar for the fall semester 2013. The research project focuses on the innovation practices adopted by low-tech industries in mature markets by using the global value chain approach. This research aims to create an international comparative study between the Italian and American denim sectors; investigating the key drivers that allow an upgrading of GVCs.


Aaron Sydor is Deputy Chief Economist and A/Director of the Trade and Economic Analysis division within the Office of the Chief Economist at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. He has published a number of articles and reports on a variety of trade topics including on global value chains (GVCs) and Canada-U.S. economic relations and was the general editor of the volume “Global Value Chains: Impacts and implications” and co-editor of “NAFTA@10” a collection of research celebrating the tenth anniversary of NAFTA. Aaron is recipient of the Canada Fulbright Award and while at CGGC his research is focusing on Canada-U.S. cross-border value chains.


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Xiaojing Chen is a full Professor in the School of Finance & Management at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade in Shanghai, China with joint appointments at the Shanghai Social Science Innovation Research Foundation and Rui Mingjie Workroom of the Shanghai Development Strategy Institute. She received her Ph.D., Master's and Bachelor degrees from Fudan University and Zhejiang University, respectively. Her major research field focuses on industrial international competitiveness, international finance, risk management plus knowledge management. She has published over 20 periodical papers and three books. She is the leader or major participant in over 20 projects at international, national, provincial or firm levels. She will participate in global value chains-oriented research projects during her one year visiting at CGGC.

Michelle Christians

Michelle Christian is a postdoctoral fellow at he Social Science Research Institute at Duke University in the Center on Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness. She has published in the Annual Review of Sociology and several edited volumes. She has also conducted studies for the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Michelle is a tourism sector team leader and coordinator for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded research project: Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks. Her research focus is on how racial and ethnic groups, women, and categories of workers are positioned in the global economy.

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Sonali Jain graduated with a PhD in sociology from Boston University in May 2010. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at the Social Sciences Research Institute and affiliated with the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness. Her dissertation examined the 'return' of high-skilled, second-generation Indian-American professionals from the US to their ancestral homeland, India. She is also conducting research (with Profs. Vivek Wadhwa and Gary Gereffi) on Indian and Chinese immigrants in the US who return to their home countries and start their own companies. Key goals of this project are to better understand changing geographies of high-skilled migration, entrepreneurship and innovation. Sonali has previously published in The Journal of Comparative Family Studies and Journal of Children and Media, and has an article forthcoming in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She has also contributed a short article from her dissertation research for the website Migration Information Source: (

Joonkoo Lee

Joonkoo Lee is a postdoctoral research scholar at CGGC in 2011-2012. He received his PhD in sociology at Duke University in 2011 with his dissertation to compare the historical development of the animation industry in South Korea and India from a GVC perspective. His research areas include globalization and development, economic sociology, global value chains, global cultural industries, and comparative political economy in Asia. His work has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, Media Asia, and The International Studies Encyclopedia. Joonkoo's research at CGGC focuses on global agri-food value chains and ocean technology value chains. He received his BA and MA in sociology from Seoul National University.

Jiangyong Lu

Jiangyong received his PhD degree from School of Business at University of Hong Kong in 2004. He is currently a visiting scholar in CGGC at Duke University and an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. Jiangyong’s current research interests include the roles of Returnees in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Venture Capital Investment in China, and outward FDI and trading strategies of Chinese firms, etc. Jiangyong has published 20 papers in international academic journals (SSCI index), 15 papers in leading Chinese academic journals, and three books (in Chinese). Jiangyong has also published several teaching cases through Harvard Business Publishing.

Elisabetta Pasini

Elisabetta Pasini, a Visiting Research Fellow at CGGC from September to December 2012, is a Master’s candidate in Environmental Economics at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Her particular research focus is in carrying out an international comparative analysis of the rise and development of the craft beer industry in North Carolina and northeast Italy. This study will pay specific attention to the role of the entrepreneur and the set of inter-firm relationships initiated in the start-up phase as the new venture develops. By using the global value chain (GVC’s) approach, this research project will investigate the organizational structure of microbreweries’ value chains and the way these operate in two different geographic contexts.

Mary Turnipseed

Mary Turnipseed is a postdoctoral associate at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara. She graduated from Duke' Nicholas School of the Environment with a PhD in Ecology in 2011, where her work concerned US ocean policy. Her postdoctoral work is on the global seafood trade, specifically applying global value chain analysis to identify lead firms, governance and institutional components, and leverage points in seafood value chains that, if targeted, could lead to better outcomes for ocean ecosystems and the people whose livelihoods depend on them. Mary's research at CGGC, where she has been a Postdoctoral Scholar since summer 2011, focuses on global ocean technology value chains.

Sungwan Yu

Sungwan Yu is currently doing his internship in research at CGGC that concentrates on the nano technology value chain. He graduated from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in 2011 with an MA related to International Development Policy. He has been working as a Korea government official since 1997 and his specialty is telecommunication and broadcasting policy. He received his BA in international economics from Seoul National University.


Zhu Huasheng

Zhu Huasheng is a visiting scholar from Beijing, China. He is currently Associate Professor of Economic Geography at Beijing Normal University, a post he has held since 2006. Zhu's academic interest focuses on industrial clusters and local development. Currently, Zhu is working on cultural and creative clusters and the new economy of the inner city from the perspective of the globalization and is joining in research at CGGC this year that focuses on sustainability. (2009-2010 academic year)

Ruggero Golini

Ruggero Golini is a second year PhD student in Management Engineering at Università degli Studi di Bergamo (Italy) and Visiting Researcher at CGGC. His main research interest is in global supply chain management with a particular focus on how companies in the assembly and manufacturing industry should manage their relationships with suppliers and customers at a global level to get an efficient flow of products and information. Recent interests include also how to adopt sustainable practices both at the company and supply chain level. At the Center he is collaborating on some projects that use the global value chains perspective to analyze the adoption of greener production technologies in the North American and Chinese manufacturing industries. (Fall 2009)

Caterina Moro

Caterina Moro is a visiting Master‘s degree student from Ca' Foscari University in Venice and will graduate in March 2010. Caterina is taking part in the Venice International University's Globalization Program; her research focus is on the impact of Globalization on Italian Clusters and on their insertion into Global Value Chains. At the CGGC, she is working on an analysis of the Wine Industry to find best practices to confront international competition and support rural development. (Fall 2009)

Meng Xia

Meng Xia is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Wuhan University, China. Mia, as she is known to her friends, is interested in social satisfaction, QOL, and social networking. She expects to graduate in 2010. She is currently focusing on students’ social adaptation and will participate in several different research projects utilizing global value chain methodology, while she is with the CGGC. She likes travelling and reading. (2009-2010 academic year)


Sang Naiquan was a visiting international scholar from China. He is Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Economics in Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (Nanjing, China). His research focus is in applied microeconomics. He did research on globalization issues based on the GVC approach at CGGC, and looked specifically at industrial upgrading and innovation in the Yangtze River Delta.
Lorenzo Gui was a visiting Ph.D. student from Udine University and Venice International University, located in Udine and Venice, Italy respectively. Lorenzo’s research focused on Business Sciences with an emphasis on the Global Tourism Industry. He worked on the Green Technologies project at CGGC, looking specifically at High Performance Windows. Lorenzo enjoys doing work in applied projects on current global issues that can inform policy-makers and private players about industry dynamics. He collaborated with the Soundtouring Group in the development of innovative tools for urban tourism.
Lixia Mei was a visiting Ph.D. student from Peking University in Beijing, China. Lixia’s research interests include industrial clusters, technological innovation and labor upgrading. She worked on the California Agricultural Research Project at CGGC. Lixia was very impressed with the collegial atmosphere at the Center.


Valentina was visiting scholar in 2007. During this time she worked on the NC in the Global Economy project and with Dr. Frederick on a study on the NC textile and apparel industry. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Padova, where she teaches Strategy and Green Supply Chain Management.