UPCOMING: Friday September 21, 2018
Rethinking East and Southeast Asia in the New Global Economy
3pm, Fillmore 170 (Ellicott Complex), UB North Campus. Reception to follow.

Dr. Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Based on his recent book with Cornell University Press, Strategic Coupling, Dr. Henry Wai-chung Yeung, National University of Singapore will examine economic development and state-firm relations in East and Southeast Asia, focusing on the region's emerging role in the new global economy. Much of the earlier social science literature on the political economy of industrial transformation has emphasized the role of the developmental state in picking selected domestic firms as “national champions” and in promoting their rapid growth through sectoral industrial policy. Drawing upon my empirical research on South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, I argue that production network-level dynamics and firm-specific initiatives are more critical to the successful industrial transformation of these Asian economies in the contemporary era. This key mechanism of strategic coupling with global production networks offers a dynamic conception of state-firm relations in the changing context of global economic governance in East and Southeast Asia.

Henry Wai-chung Yeung is Distinguished Professor (and Professor of Economic Geography since 2005) and Acting Head at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Co-Director of the Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS), and Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre in the NUS Global Asia Institute. He is Principal Investigator of a S$4.95 million strategic grant awarded by the National University of Singapore to establish the GPN@NUS Centre. He is a leading social scientist specializing in theories and the geography of transnational corporations, global production networks and global value chains, East and Southeast Asian firms and developmental states in the global economy.

Professor Yeung received his BA (First Class) from NUS in 1992 and PhD from the University of Manchester in 1995. He was a recipient of the NUS Outstanding University Researcher Award (1998), Outstanding Researcher Award (2008), and University Research Recognition Award (2018). In December 2017, he was selected by the American Association of Geographers in the United States to receive the AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors for 2018 “in recognition of his extraordinary scholarship and leadership in the discipline”. AAG Honors are the highest awards offered by the American Association of Geographers and remain among the most prestigious awards in American geography that have been awarded since 1951. Earlier in June 2017, he was conferred the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Murchison Award 2017 for “pioneering publications in the field of globalisation”. Awarded since 1882, the Murchison Award is the most senior among all awards conferred by the Royal Geographical Society in the United Kingdom. With the two awards, he has not only achieved the highest scholarly distinction in both British and American Geography, but also created history by being the only person from Asia to be recognized with awards/honors by both of Geography’s most important professional bodies.

Professor Yeung has published six authored books, seven edited books, and over 95 journal papers and 50 book chapters across the fields of human geography, urban and regional studies, Asian studies, international business, and political economy. His latest monographs are Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, May 2016) and Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (with Neil Coe, Oxford University Press, Oxford, April 2015). His research has achieved very high impact in the social sciences. The ISI Web of Science database shows that he has 11 journal papers each receiving over 100 citations and his accumulated work has been cited at least 4,300 times in over 3,050 publications (excluding own work) as of July 2018, generating an h-index of at least 31. His citations on Google Scholar have exceeded 16,000. He is Editor of two top journals in Geography – Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography and Past Editor of Review of International Political Economy (2004-2013), and serves on the editorial boards of 20 other international journals, including Global Networks, Journal of Economic Geography, and Journal of International Business Studies.


March 8, 2018: Uneven Footprints: Class and Geographies of Carbon Responsibility

Dr. Matthew Huber during his presentation.

Dr. Matthew Huber, Department of Geography, Syracuse University presented the inaugural CTED lecture on carbon responsibility. Who wrecked the climate? We are normally told that climate responsibility is diffuse. Particularly in the Global North it is “all of us” with our high carbon footprints and affluent lifestyles. In this talk, he used theories of social class to critique this narrative and argue that climate responsibility is actually quite concentrated among the small minority of people who own, control and profit from production. He suggests this class approach to climate politics yields dramatically different policy recommendations for how to address the crisis of climate change.



May 2017: State Department Trade Delegation from Central Asia

CTED and the Law School welcomed a State Department trade delegation made up of business and government leaders from six central Asian countries to discuss trade and development issues.

Round-table panel discussion at the Law School.

April 24, 2017: Community Talk on Trade

Dr. Abigail Cooke spoke to community members in Buffalo as part of an International Institute speaker series called "The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics."

Abigail Cook stands in front of a projected image of a graph before a crowd of seated people.

November 5, 2016: TPP Symposium

The Canada-U.S. Trade Center organized a symposium on November 5th, 2016, sponsored by The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo’s Geography Department, Asian Studies Program, and The Nila T. Gnamm Research Fund to discuss the governmental, academic, and legal implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Read the full event summary here.

Audience members take notes during a TPP symposium presentation.

April 22, 2016: Geography Dept. Colloquium Series

Graduate students presented their research findings during a student symposium on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Exploring the implications for public health, food systems, investment, and labor.

Graduate students after their presentations.

April 5, 2016: Lunch with Robert Manogue

Robert Manogue, the Director of the Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs for the State Department, came to UB to talk with students about trade negotiations and career opportunities.

image of Robert Manogue, Director of Bilateral Trade, US State Department