Globalization, Governance & Development

The University Seminar on Globalization, Governance and Development, founded in 1997, is an interdisciplinary seminar that brings together faculty and graduate students from across the social sciences, especially from political science, public policy, economics, sociology, and law. Our shared interest in this seminar is to gain a better understanding of the causes and consequences of recent global economic and socio-political changes; we are especially interested in how globalization affects the distribution of wealth and wellbeing, as well as governance among and within nations.

Founded as the University Seminar on Globalization and Equity, and later known as Globalization, Governance and Development, is a seminar series co-chaired by Gary Gereffi and Giovanni Zanalda; it is organized around a series of talks by domestic and international guest speakers whose work analyzes these issues from a social science perspective, broadly conceived.

Seminars are typically held on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Each seminar will be followed by a short reception allowing individual conversations with the speaker. We are pleased to invite the Duke and Triangle communities to join us for this series of public lectures.

Seminars meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, in Room 240 of the John Hope Franklin Center, unless otherwise specified.

Fall 2014 Seminar

October 29-November 1, 2014
Location: Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center (directions and parking)
Summit Organizers: Gary Gereffi (Duke) and Fritz Mayer (Duke)
Keynote Speaker: Pascal Lamy

Duke Global Summit: Governance and Development in a Value Chain World
Duke Global Summit Summary Report

Spring 2014 Seminars

January 30 at 5:30pm
Location: Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center (directions and parking)
Dr. John Bartlett, Duke University
Creative Solutions to the Global Needs in Human Resources for Health
Click here for Dr. Bartlett’s biography

February 27 at 5:00pm
Location: Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center (directions and parking)
Ajmal Abdulsamad (Duke), Peter Bolt (DADTCO), Kimberly Pfeifer (OXFAM) and moderator Gary Gereffi (Duke)
Agricultural Innovations in Africa

  • A complete video of the event is available on Duke I-Tunes:
    Duke I-Tunes video
  • A write-up of the event is available on the Sanford School of Public Policy website:

March 27 at 5:30pm
Location: Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center (directions and parking)
Geoff Dyer, Financial Times
The New Era of Competition with China
Click here for more information about Mr. Dyer and the background reading