You are invited to attend the jointly hosted seminar by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and Sustainable Consumption Institute with Professor Henry Yeung, Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. You can in-person or online!
Geography and Trade Again? 21st Century Evidence on International Trade, Investment, and the Localisation of Production
Based on my lead-authored chapter on semiconductors in Global Value Chain Development Report 2023 (October 2023) and my recent monograph Interconnected Worlds (Stanford University Press, June 2022), this presentation focuses on the role of global production networks and global value chains in understanding the geography of trade in the 21st century. I argue that the recent troubles with international trade and supply chain constraints can be better understood through a closer look at the complex and changing organization of global production networks and global value chains. Using the examples of electronics and semiconductors, I show how this understanding is critical in decoding the ongoing geopolitical shifts and policy support for reshoring and the localization of production. I end with some key implications for research agendas and policy practice.
About the speaker:
Professor Henry Yeung has been Distinguished Professor at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, since 2018, and Professor of Economic Geography since 2005. As a leading academic expert in global production networks and the global economy, his research interests cover broadly theories and the geography of transnational corporations, East Asian firms, and developmental states. He is the first geographer based in Asia to receive both the 2018 American Association of Geographers Distinguished Scholarship Honors (“in recognition of his extraordinary scholarship and leadership in the discipline”) and the UK’s Royal Geographical Society Murchison Award 2017 (for “pioneering publications in the field of globalisation”). In November 2022, he was conferred the 2022 Sir Peter Hall Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field by the Regional Studies Association in London: “acknowledging and celebrating excellence in the field of regional studies”. Professor Yeung has published 7 monographs and 1 textbook (3 editions), 7 edited books, 110 journal articles, and 50 book chapters. His most recent books are Theory and Explanation in Geography (RGS-IBG Book Series, Wiley, September 2023), Interconnected Worlds: Global Electronics and Production Networks in East Asia (Innovation and Technology in the World Economy Series, Stanford University Press, June 2022), Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series, Cornell University Press, 2016), and Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (with Neil Coe, Oxford University Press, 2015).
This is a hybrid event, join online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91425228098
Meeting ID: 914 2522 8098 / Passcode: 361742