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Stacey Frederick worked at the Duke Global Value Chain (GVC) Center from 2005 to 2021 as a research scientist and later as the director. Her research involves using global value chain (GVC) analysis to identify economic, social, and environmental upgrading opportunities for countries and firms in a variety of industries, including textiles and apparel, electronics/digital/ICT, medical/pharma, automotive, and several other manufacturing, agriculture, service, and technology-based sectors. She has used the framework to analyze issues ranging from employment generation to trade policy impacts for global organizations including the World Bank, the ILO, the UN Statistics Division, and UNIDO, regional development banks, as well as several national governments. One of her primary interests is developing new research methods that combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluate country and firm participation in GVCs. She started in this field through her research on the textile industry and received her B.S. in Textile Management and Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management from North Carolina State University.

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