|Professor of Development Economics||
R dot O dot Jenkins at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2330
I am an economist by training with interests in international development issues, particularly trade and foreign investment, and in industrialization. My current research focuses on the impact of the growth of China on other developing countries, especially in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. This is part of a programme of research over the past decade on the economic, social and environmental impacts of globalisation. I have had a long term interest in the activities of transnational corporations in the South and this has recently included analysis of corporate social responsibility. My main geographical area of interest is Latin America.
His research interests are in the broad area of the impact of globalisation on developing countries. He has led research projects on globalisation and the environment, and globalisation and poverty. His published books include Transnational Corporations and Uneven Development (Methuen), Environmental Regulation in the New Global Economy (Edward Elgar), Industry and Environment in Latin America (Routledge) and Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights (Earthscan). He has recently been researching the impacts of China’s global expansion on other developing countries.
Rhys holds an MA from the University of Cambridge and a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex.
The Implications of China’s Growth and Integration with the Global Economy for Developing Countries
The rapid growth of China over the past three decades and its increased integration with the global economy is having a major impact on other developing countries, both directly in terms of bilateral trade and investment flows and indirectly through competition for export markets and investment and impacts on the terms of trade between manufactures and primary products. A research project under the ESRC’s World Economy and Finance programme looked at ‘The Impact of China’s Global Economic Expansion on Latin America’. (Download here)
Two projects funded by the ESRC Pathfinder Programme 'Brazilian Manufacturing in the Face of Chinese Competition: Economic Restructuring, Competitiveness and Employment' and ‘Chinese Competition and the Restructuring of South African Manufacturing' analysed some of the impacts of China on Brazil and South Africa in more depth.
Previous to this, several consultancy studies were undertaken for DfID on the effects of China’s growth on poverty reduction in Africa, Asia and Latin America (http://www.sarpn.org.za/documents/d0001045/index.php); the effects of China and India’s growth and liberalization on poverty in Africa (http://www.sarpn.org.za/documents/d0001312/index.php); and an agenda setting paper on the impact of China in Latin America (Download here)
Two articles co-authored with Chris Edwards have analysed relations between Sub-Saharan Africa and China and India in the IDS Bulletin (http://www.ids.ac.uk/idS/bookshop/bulletin/bull371abs.htm) and The Journal of Asian Economics.
A Leverhulme Research Grant has funded a comparative study of China’s impact on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
Link to the IDS Asian Drivers’ programme
Link to the Open University Asian Drivers’ programme
Globalization, Production and Poverty
The debate over the impact of globalization is one of the central issues in development studies today. However the mechanisms which link global trends to poverty outcomes are poorly understood. A DfID funded project looked at the impacts of globalization on production and poverty in four countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Vietnam) at the macro, meso and micro-levels. These studies show that poverty outcomes are highly dependent on both global processes and the local context.
Results from the project were published in two special issues of the Journal of International Development, Vol. 16, No.1, 2004 and Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 9 (2), 2004, as well as a number of other journal articles and Working Papers.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Transnational Corporations
The growing significance of transnational corporations (TNCs) as actors in the global economy and the declining role of the state in regulation has led to calls for greater self-regulation by business reflected in the growth of voluntary codes of conduct, particularly in the areas of labour rights and environmental behaviour. A critical perspective on corporate social responsibility is needed to counteract the hegemonic discourse of the CSR industry.
Early research on codes of conduct resulted in the publication of an UNRISD Discussion Paper on “Corporate Codes of Conduct: Self-Regulation in a Global Economy” (Download from here and a book co-edited with Ruth Pearson and Gill Seyfang, Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights,
More recent research has contributed to the development of a critical perspective on CSR with the International Research Network on Business, Development and Society (http://bdsnetwork.cbs.dk/menu/home.asp).
I have taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units in DEV over a number of years. Currently I teach two units focussing on globalization, Globalization and Economic Development at the undergraduate level and Globalization, Business and Development in the Masters’ Programme.
I also contribute to teaching on the MA in Development Economics in the unit on International Economic Policy.
I have also taught on basic economics units in the undergraduate
programme and contributedsto the regional model on Latin American
Kok Onn Ting, ‘The Impact of China’s
Rise on the Malaysian Electronics and Electrical
Dafni Skalidou, ‘The Impact of Fair Trade on smallholder cocoa farmers and banana plantation workers: Providing evidence from Ghana’
Jenkins, Rhys and Newell, Peter (2013) CSR, Tax and Development. Third World Quarterly, 34 (3). pp. 378-396. ISSN 0143-6597
Jenkins, Rhys (2012) China and Brazil: Economic impacts of a growing relationship. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 41 (1). pp. 21-47.
Jenkins, Rhys (2012) Latin America and China—a new dependency. Third World Quarterly, 33 (7). pp. 1337-1358. ISSN 0143-6597
Jenkins, Rhys and Barbosa, A. (2012) Fear for manufacturing? China and the future of industry in Brazil and Latin America. China Quarterly, The, 209. pp. 59-81.
Jenkins, R. (2011) El "efecto China" en los precios de los productos básicos y en el valor de las exportaciones de América Latina. Revista CEPAL, 103. pp. 77-93.
Jenkins, R. (2010) China's global expansion and Latin America. Journal of Latin American Studies, 42 (04). pp. 809-837. ISSN 0022-216X
Jenkins, R. (2009) El impacto de China en América Latina. Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals (85-86). pp. 251-272. ISSN 1133-6595
Jenkins, R. (2008) The impact of China on Latin America and the Caribbean. World Development, 36 (2). pp. 235-253.
Jenkins, R. (2008) Trade, technology and employment in South Africa. The Journal of Development Studies, 44 (1). pp. 60-79. ISSN 0022-0388
Jenkins, R. (2008) Measuring the competitive threat from China for other southern exporters. World Economy, 31 (10). pp. 1351-1366.
Jenkins, R. (2006) Globalization, FDI and employment in Vietnam. Transnational Corporations, 15 (1). pp. 115-142.
Jenkins, R. (2006) Globalization and the labour market in South Africa. Journal of International Development, 18 (5). pp. 649-664. ISSN 0954-1748
Jenkins, R. (2006) Contrasting perspectives on globalization and labour in South Africa. Progress in Development Studies, 6 (3). pp. 185-200.
Jenkins, R. and Edwards, C. (2006) The economic impacts of China and India on sub-Saharan Africa: trends and prospects. Journal of Asian Economics, 17 (2). pp. 207-225.
Jenkins, R. and Edwards, Chris (2006) The Asian drivers and sub-Saharan Africa. IDS Bulletin, 37 (1). pp. 23-32.
Jenkins, R. O. J. and Sen, K. (2006) International Trade and Manufacturing Employment in the South: Four Country case Studies. Oxford Development Studies, 34 (3). pp. 299-322. ISSN 1360-0818
Jenkins, R. (2005) Globalisation of production, employment and poverty: three macro-meso-micro studies. The European Journal of Development Research, 17 (4). pp. 601-625. ISSN 0957-8811
Jenkins, R. O. J. (2005) Globalization, corporate social responsibility and poverty. International Affairs, 81 (3). pp. 525-540. ISSN 0020-5850
Jenkins, R. (2004) Why has employment not grown more quickly in Vietnam? Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 9 (2). pp. 191-208. ISSN 1354-7860
Jenkins, R. (2003) Has trade liberalization created pollution havens in Latin America? CEPAL Review, 80. pp. 81-96.
Jenkins, R. (2003) Globalization, production, employment and poverty: debates and evidence. Journal of International Development, 16 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 0954-1748
Jenkins, R. (2003) Vietnam in the global economy: trade, employment and poverty. Journal of International Development, 16 (1). pp. 13-28. ISSN 0954-1748
Jenkins, R. (2000) Regulación ambiental y competitividad internacional en algunos países europeos. Comercio Exterior, 50 (3). pp. 196-209.
Jenkins, R. (1998) Globalizacion y contaminacion en Mexico y Malasia. Comercio Exterior, 48 (12).
Jenkins, R. (1997) Structural adjustment and Bolivian industry. The European Journal of Development Research, 9 (2). pp. 107-128. ISSN 0957-8811
Jenkins, R. (1997) Trade Liberalisation in Latin America: the Bolivian Case. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 16 (3). pp. 307-325.
Jenkins, R. (1996) Trade liberalization and export performance in Bolivia. Development And Change, 27 (4). pp. 693-716.
Jenkins, R. (1995) Does trade liberalization lead to productivity increases? A case study of Bolivian manufacturing. Journal of International Development, 7 (4). pp. 577-597. ISSN 0954-1748
Jenkins, R. (2010) China's global growth and Latin American exports. In: The Rise of China and India: Impacts, Prospects and Implications. Palgrave MacMillan, UK. ISBN 9780230252738
Jenkins, R. O. J. (2007) Globalisation, Production and Poverty. In: The Impact of Globalization on the World's Poor: Transmission Mechanisms. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 163-187. ISBN 9780230004795
Jenkins, R. (2001) Trade, investment and industrial pollution - lessons from southeast Asia. In: Living with Environmental Change: Social Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience in Vietnam. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-21722-4
Jenkins, R. (1999) The changing relationship between emerging markets and multinational enterprises. In: The Global Challenge for Multinational Enterprises: Managing Increasing Interdependence. Pergamon, Oxford. ISBN 978-0080435848
Jenkins, R. (1998) Environmental regulation and international competitiveness: a review of literature and some European evidence. Discussion Paper. United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies (INTECH), Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Jenkins, R. (1995) Trade liberalization and Bolivian manufacturing. Working Paper. Institute of Latin America Studies, London.
Jenkins, R. and Dussel Peters, E. (2009) China and Latin America: economic relations in the twenty-first century. DIE Studies, 49 . German Development Institute (DIE), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Bonn. ISBN 978-3-88985-485-8
Jenkins, R. and Mercado, A., eds. (2008) Ambiente e industria en México: tendencias, regulación y comportamiento empresarial. El Colegio de México, Mexico City. ISBN 978-968-12-1367-1
Jenkins, R, Pearson, R and Seyfang, G, eds. (2002) Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights: Codes of Conduct in the Global Economy. Earthscan, London. ISBN 978-1853839306
Jenkins, R., Barton, J., Bartzokas, A., Hesselberg, J. and Knutsen, H.M. (2002) Environmental Regulation In The New Global Economy: The Impact on Industry and Competitiveness. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978 1 84376 845 6
Jenkins, R., ed. (2001) Industry and Environment in Latin America. Routledge Research in Global Environmental Change series . Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-23447-4
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