Colleagues and I at NUS have been awarded S$4.95 million to start a Global Production Networks Centre at NUS (GPN@NUS). This is funded by the NUS Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology) Strategic Research Proposals 2014.
GPN@NUS will be co-directed by Henry Yeung and Neil Coe (from Geography). Team members consists of Karen Lai and Godfrey Yeung (from Geography), Davin Chor, Albert Hu and Jang-Sup Shin (from Economics), Soo Yeon Kim (from Political Science), and Kurtulus Gemici (from Sociology).
The Centre will formally start its activities on 1st October 2014, with an official launch event to follow in January 2015.
This is very exciting news indeed on many fronts. Personally, I would like to expand on arguments made in my Regional Studies (2014) paper titled ‘Integrating Finance into Global Production Networks’ (co-written with Neil Coe and Dariuz Wojcik) to systematically extend and deepen the concept of global financial networks (GFN) in analysing the roles and impacts of finance and advanced business services on knowledge formation and capital flows. These are crucial to GPN and regional development but underdeveloped in the framework so far.
We are still in the very early planning stage. More news to follow as we get closer to the formal start date of the research centre, and hopefully an official website soon.