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Khalid Nadvi


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BA, MA, DPhil, Sussex

I am a Political Economist specializing on issues relating to trade and industrial development. In particular my work has focused on small enterprise clusters, global value chains and production networks, global standards, corporate social responsibility and technological upgrading. I have recently led an ESRC funded large grant study on ‘Rising Powers, Labour Standards and Governance of Global Production’, headed the ESRC funded international network on Rising Powers and Global Standards and am the Research Co-ordinator for the ESRC's Programme on  ‘Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures’ Research Programme. My research has been published in over 30 leading journal articles and book chapters and is well cited.  I have acted as a consultant for a number of leading international agencies including UNIDO, ILO, UNCTAD, IADB and the World Bank. 

Research interests

My research interests are in the area of globalisation, international trade and industrial development. I am especially interested in issues relating to global regulations, global standards and local outcomes for firms, workers and communities. Within this agenda my current research focuses on the emerging economies, or Rising Powers, of China, India and Brazil and the impacts that they are having on the rest of the developing world. I also have a long-standing interest on the political economy of Pakistan.
The main themes of my research interests are: 
  • Globalisation
  • International trade,
  • Industrial development
  • Innovation
  • Small enterprises
  • Employment
  • Labour and poverty
  • Rising Powers

I have a particular regional interest in South and South East Asia, and have conducted research (and in some cases taught) in: Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Thailand as well as Brazil and South Africa. 

Other research


ESRC - 'Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures Programme Research Coordinator' , 2013-2016, (£75,012).

ESRC - 'Rising Powers, Labour Standards and the Governance of Global Production Networks', 2013-2016,  Principal Investigator (£750,247).

ESRC - 'Rising Powers and Global Standards Research Network' , 2010-11, Principal Investigator (£81,371).

EPSRC-DFID - 'Decentralised Off-grid Electricity Generation in Developing Countries: Business models for Off-grid Electricity Supply', 2009-2014, Co-Investigator (£115,852).

Danish Social Sciences Research Council - ‘Global Value Chains, Industrial Clusters and Corporate Responsibility in the International Sporting Goods Industry’, 2008-2010, Co-Investigator (£162,459)

Further information

PhD Students

PhD students currently working under my supervision (or recently completed) are:

Yohanes Kadurasman, (Completed 2010), ‘Global Value Chains and Technological Capabilities: Analysing the Dynamics of Competition in Indonesia’s Electronics and Garments Industry’.

Gale Raj-Reichert, (Completed 2010),‘Governance in Global Production Networks: Managing environmental health risks in the personal computer production chain’.

Shamel Al-Azmeh (Completed 2013), ‘The Globalization of Asian Garment Firms into the Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) in Egypt and Jordan: Asian Capital and Labour Flows’.  

Richard Record (Completed 2014), ‘Why do firms invest in an unstable business environment? Investigating formal and informal investment climate institutions in Vietnam’, 

Suk Jin Yoon (Completed 2014), ‘Environmental Performance of Clustered Firms: A Study on Industrial Ecosystem in Korean Industrial Districts’. 

Somjita Laha (Completed 2015), ‘The Informalisation of E-Waste: An Analysis of the Indian Experience’. 

Rachel Alexander (Completed 2016), ‘Governance for Sustainability in the Extended Supplier Networks of Cotton Garments’.

Serena Masino (Compleed 2015), ‘Macroeconomic Instability and Competitive Advantage in Latin America’. 

Corinna Braun-Munzinger (started September 2014, SIRF Studentship) - Business Associations as Intermediaries for Social and Economic Upgrading in Global Production 

Natalie Langford (started September 2014, ESRC Studentship) - Local and Global Civil Society Organisations and the Governance of Labour Standards in Global Value Chains: The case of the Indian shrimp industry

Other teaching information

I was formerly Programme Director for the MSc in Industry, Trade and Development. This degree is now part of the MSc International Development: Globalisation, Trade and Industry pathway. for further details go to: 

I teach on the following courses:

Fundamentals of Development 

Industrial Competitiveness

Global Institutions, Trade Rules and Development

Research Skills for Economic Development (Qualitative)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester China Institute
  • Global Development Institute


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