Assoz. Prof. Mag. Mag. Dr. Cornelia Staritz, PhD

Tenure Track Development Economics

Department of Development Studies
Sensengasse 3/2/2
1090 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-641 10

Deputy Speaker of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (ViDSS)

Deputy Director of Studies - Doctoral Studies Social Sciences


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Office hours: on appointment 



Research Focus

  • Development economics and policy
  • International trade and trade policy
  • Global value chains and production networks
  • Industrial policy in the context of global production networks
  • Working conditions and labour rights in global production networks
  • Commodity-based development
  • Financialisation and commodity markets

I am interested in understanding processes of economic development in the context of globalized trade, production and financial systems. I use the concept of global value chains and global production networks in a critical way, focusing on power asymmetries in the global economy, uneven development and inequalities at different levels. My research focuses on how strategies of (transnational) firms, state policies and institutional and socio-economic contexts shape governance structures/relations in global production and structural transformation and labor regimes in export sectors in the Global South, questioning the prospects for export-based development. My research relates to three key areas: (1) global trade, production networks and structural transformation, (2) labour regimes/struggles and global production, and (3) derivatives markets, financialisation and commodity-based development. I conduct transregional research with a focus on Africa, concentrating on industrial export sectors (particularly textile and apparel), tropical agriculture sectors (cotton, cocoa and coffee) and strategic mineral sectors (copper, cobalt and lithium). 



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