International Summer Research Workshop

July 13-18, 2008


Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), together with Venice International University’s Center for Studies on Technologies in Distributed Intelligence Systems (TeDIS), are pleased to announce the expansion of their ongoing collaboration by developing a new International Summer Research Workshop. Building on ten years of international teaching in which Duke and other VIU consortium members have offered students and faculty a unique academic experience in a global setting, this workshop series will be held annually over the next two to four years, alternately in Venice and in Durham, NC. The series will tap the partner institutions’ complementar research foci: CGGC’s global value chain approach and the TeDIS empirical research of Italian industrial districts.

The purpose of these international workshops is two-fold: 
  1. To develop an international set of serious, early-stage researchers—Ph.D. students, post-docs, junior faculty, and selected other researchers with country-level experience—who are capable of doing global value chains (GVC) analysis and using it to better understand the links between local systems and the global economy
  2. To connect these scholars into an active international network with a common research agenda focused on critical emerging topics in coming years

In the interest of furthering their global research agenda, Duke and VIU are currently developing additional links with key research institutions elsewhere in Europe and in China. These links will offer interested institutions an important opportunity to engage in a global initiative with world-class research partners. 

Contact information:



Duke University


Venice International University