Category Archives: General

Do global value chains lead to forced labour?

Malaysia is a country which has experienced tremendous economic growth from the 1970s onwards, moving to upper-middle income status in the mid-1990s (Felipe 2012). One of the key industrial sectors that led its transition out of an agrarian society to … Continue reading

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SASE 2016 Call for Papers – Growing importance of large transnational first tier suppliers in global value chains

SASE 2016 Session proposal Organisers: Shamel Azmeh, London School of Economics Khalid Nadvi, University of Manchester Gale Raj-Reichert, University of Manchester Cornelia Staritz, Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE)   The role of large transnational first tier suppliers in global … Continue reading

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To improve labour conditions in the global electronics industry, more attention needs to be paid to contract manufacturers

  hIn recent years, there have been numerous labour violations in the global electronics industry. They include factory worker suicides, forced labour, child labour, excessive over-time, poisonings, illnesses, and deaths from chemical exposure. Many of these violations occur in supplier … Continue reading

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Global Production and Local Outcomes: looking back and going forward

A discussion with Gary Gereffi (Duke University, US) and Raphie Kaplinsky (University of Sussex, UK) Monday 29 June 2015 5:00 – 6:30pm (wine reception to follow) Cordingley Lecture Theatre Humanities Bridgeford Street (no. 35 on campus map) University of Manchester … Continue reading

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Improving labour conditions in the computer industry

Many leading global brands, like Apple and Hewlett-Packard, source components from and have their products manufactured by a variety of independent suppliers. These suppliers undertake production in many locations across the world in vast global value chains. Ensuring that these … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 21-25 April 2015, Chicago

Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 21-25 April 2015, Chicago  Topologies of Power: (Re-)Making Global Production Networks  Session organisers: Martin Hess, Rory Horner and Gale Raj-Reichert (University of Manchester) Over the last two decades, the concepts … Continue reading

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Temporary workers in the electronics industry: consequences and potential solutions

The global electronics industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in the global economy. It is highly competitive, innovative, and fast changing with short product cycles. Some estimate that the industry employs the most workers and generates more revenue … Continue reading

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New publications

Check out the Relevant Publications link. I’ve added a couple of new publications, particularly interesting are the ones from Richard Locke (who is now at Brown University). Also check out my Twitter feed @GaleRajReichert for updates on the electronics industry … Continue reading

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ElectronicsWatch

Public procurement of IT is around 94 billion euro/year in the European Union. This presents a huge potential for social/labour conditions in public procurement. This is exactly what ElectronicsWatch aims to do – an organisation I’ve joined as part of … Continue reading

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Early Career Researcher in Humanities event at the University of Manchester, 29 – 30 April 2014

Here is an update on the Early Career Researcher regional event hosted at the University of Manchester. This event, which will take place on 29 – 30 April, is open for participation by postdoctoral research fellows in Humanities from the … Continue reading

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