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GVC in Europe Network Workshop

Park House, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham
Thursday 26th (10:00) - Friday 27th November 2015 (14:00)
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Gemma Bradley -


The 2nd Workshop of the GVC in Europe Network continues a cross-disciplinary dialogue started in 2014 aimed at exploring the impact of globalisation on advanced economies and the EU in particular. The workshop brings together leading researchers from across Europe and beyond who have an interest in understanding the drivers and dynamics of global networks of production, products and services, labour, and knowledge. Our core concern is to better understand the drivers of and barriers to developing the competitiveness of advanced economies and Europe in particular, where industries, knowledge and skills are constantly operating between local places and globalised spaces. This year, in particular, the key themes include issues related to regional resilience, skills and jobs, sustainability and innovation.


The Workshop is hosted by the Global Value Chains Research Cluster at Birmingham Business School. Our diverse and multi-disciplinary research group provides a multi-angled approach to studying GVCs and their impact on economies, communities, labour, institutions and the environment. Our research adopts a distinctive perspective on the intersection between the global economy, global network collaborations, innovation and business systems, as well as firms’ clusters. 

Registration is free. Please email Gemma Bradley at to secure a place.


The workshop will be have eight sessions on the following topics:

  • Sustainability and ethics in GVCs
  • R&D Offshoring and global knowledge pipelines
  • GVCs and the geography of jobs
  • Employment relations in GVCs
  • Reconfiguring manufacturing GVCs
  • Regional resilience and new growth paths
  • Reshoring and inward FDI
  • GVC Theories and beyond

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