Biography

My major disciplinary focus is economics. My expertise lies in trade policy and export promotion, foreign investment, industrial development and sectoral studies, particularly in South East and East Asia. After retiring from DEV in 2006, I moved to Japan where I was Professor of Development Economics at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (‘APU’), returning to the UK in 2008; and I am currently a visiting professor at APU. I also have held visiting professorships recently at Kobe University in Japan and Soochow University in Taiwan. I serve as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, on the international advisory board of Asia Pacific World, and as a subject specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Vocational and Academic Qualifications. I have acted as a consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Association of South East Asian Nations, the UK Department for International Development, and with the Harvard Institute for International Development. My current research, in collaboration with colleagues in Japan, focuses on industrial policy and the automotive industry in Asia, for which I did fieldwork in Thailand in 2010 and 2011, Malaysia in 2012, Indonesia in 2013, the Philippines in 2014 and Viet Nam in 2015.


Selected key publications
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John Thoburn and Kaoru Natsuda (forthcoming 2016), ‘Comparative Policies for Automotive Development in Southeast Asia’, in Alve Hansen and Bo Nielsen (eds), Wheels of Change: Cars, Automobility and Development in Asia, London: Routledge

Kaoru Natsuda, Kozo Otsuka and John Thoburn (2015), ‘Dawn of Industrialization: the Indonesia Automotive Industry’, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 51(1), pp.47-68

Kaoru Natsuda and John Thoburn (2014), ‘How Much Policy Space Still Exists Under the WTO? A Comparative Study of the Automotive Industry in Thailand and Malaysia’, Review of International Political Economy, 21(6), December, 1346-1377

Noriyuki Segawa, Kaoru Natsuda and John Thoburn (2014), ‘Affirmative Action and Economic Liberalisation: the Dilemmas of the Malaysian Automotive Industry’, Asian Studies Review, 38(3), 38(3), September, 422-441

John Thoburn (2014), ‘Increasing Developing Countries’ Gains from Tin Mining: the Boom Years Prior to the Collapse of the International Tin Agreement’, in Max Ingulstad, Andrew Pechard and  Espen Storli (eds), Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of “ the Devil’s Metal”, London: Routledge, ch.9, 221-239

John Thoburn (2013), ‘Viet Nam’, in A. Fosu (ed), Achieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World, London: Oxford University Press,.99-118

Kaoru Natsuda, Noriyuki Segawa and John Thoburn (2013) ‘Liberalization, Industrial Nationalism, and the Malaysian Automotive Industry’, Global Economic Review, 42 (2), 113-134

Kaoru Natsuda and John Thoburn (2013) ‘Industrial Policy and the Development of the Automotive Industry in Thailand’, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 18 (3), 413-437

Kaoru Natsuda, Kunio Igusa, Aree Wiboonpongse and John Thoburn (2012), ‘One Village One Product – rural development strategy in Asia: the case of OTOP in Thailand’, Canadian Journal of Development Studies (33)3, September, 369–385

John Thoburn (2011), ‘From Tin to Petroleum’, in Rajah Rasiah (ed), Malaysian Economy: Unfolding Growth and Social Change, Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, pp.37-55

Kenta Goto, Kaoru Natsuda and John Thoburn (2011), ‘Meeting the challenge of China: the Vietnamese garment industry in the post-MFA era’, Global Networks, 11 (3), 355-79

Kaoru Natsuda, Kenta Goto and John Thoburn (2010), ‘Challenges to the Cambodian garment industry in the global garment value chain’, European Journal of Development Research, 22 (4), 469-493

John Thoburn (2009), The impact of world recession on the textile and garment industries of Asia, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Working Paper 17/2009

John Thoburn, Kirsten Sutherland and Nguyen Thi Hoa (2007), ‘Globalisation and restructuring in the textiles sector on households in Vietnam: impacts on households’, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, vol.12, no.3, August,: 345-366

Michael Tribe, John Thoburn and Richard Palmer-Jones (eds) (2005), Development Economics and Social Justice: Essays in Honour of Ian Livingstone, London: Ashgate (283pp)

John Thoburn (2004), ‘Globalisation and Poverty in Vietnam: [editorial] introduction and overview’, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, vol.9, no.2, pp.127-144

Khalid Nadvi and John Thoburn (2004), ‘Vietnam in the global garment and textile value chain: impacts on firms and workers’, Journal of International Development, special issue on Globalisation, Production, Employment and Poverty, January, vol.16, no.1, pp.111-123

Simon Roberts and John Thoburn (2003), ‘Adjusting to trade liberalisation: the case of firms in the South African textile sector’, Journal of African Economies, vol.12, no1, pp.74-103

J.T. Thoburn (2000) ‘Development studies education in universities in the new millennium: a United Kingdom perspective’, Journal of International Development Studies (journal of the Japan Society for International Development), vol.9, no.2, December, pp.49-62

J.T. Thoburn, (1997) ’Enterprise reform, domestic competition and export competitiveness: the case of China’, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy (special issue on Privatization and Public Enterprise Reform in the Asia-Pacific Region, ed. Colin Kirkpatrick), 2(2), pp.166-177

J.T. Thoburn (1994), Tin in the World Economy (Edinburgh University Press) [224pp.]

J.T. Thoburn and M. Takashima (1992), Industrial Subcontracting in the United Kingdom and Japan  (Avebury, Aldershot) [161pp.]

J.T. Thoburn, H.M. Leung, E. Chau and S.H.Tang (1990), Foreign Investment In China Under the Open Policy: The Experience of Hong Kong Companies (Avebury/Gower). 207pp.

J.T. Thoburn, Primary Commodity Exports and Economic Development: Theory, Evidence and a Study of Malaysia (1977 and 1984) (John Wiley & Sons, London, 1977 ; Japanese-language edition published by Taga Shuppan Ltd., Tokyo, 1984) [326 pp and 405 pp]

J.T. Thoburn (1977), ‘Commodity Prices and Appropriate Technology - some Lessons from Tin Mining’, Journal of Development Studies, vol.14, no.1, October  [pp 35-52]

J.T. Thoburn (1973), ‘Exports and the Malaysian Engineering Industry: A Case Study of Backward Linkage’, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics,vol.35,no.2,  May [91-117]

J.T. Thoburn (1973), ‘Exports and Economic Growth in West Malaysia’, Oxford Economic Papers,vol.25,no.1, March [pp 88-111]

 

I am supervising one DEV PhD student, Ting Kok Onn, who is working on the electronics industry of Malaysia and the threat from China:

and in recent years PhD students of mine have successfully completed dissertations on Japanese identity, inter-firm relations in Vietnam, the Vietnamese garment industry, Mexico and globalisation, the Mexican and Chinese motor industries, foreign investment in Mozambique, the informal economy in the Sudan, and small scale industry in Tanzania.

 


Email: j.t.thoburn@uea.ac.uk

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Key Research Interests

My major disciplinary focus is economics, particularly trade and industry, mainly in Asia (South East Asia, Vietnam, Japan and China), industrial development and competitiveness in Africa.

DEV Research Groups: Globalisation & Transition

2012/13
Kaoru Natsuda, Kunio Igusa, Aree Wiboonpongse, and John Thoburn (2012/3), ‘One Village One Product - Rural Development Strategy in Asia: the Case of OTOP in Thailand’, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming

John Thoburn (2012/3), ‘Vietnam’, in A. Fosu (ed), Achieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World, London: Oxford University Press (forthcoming) - for World Institute of Development Economics Research (WIDER) 

2011
John Thoburn (2011), ‘From Tin to Petroleum’, in Rajah Rasiah (ed), Malaysian Economy: Unfolding Growth and Social Change, Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, pp.37-55 

Kenta Goto, Kaoru Natsuda and John Thoburn (2011), ‘Meeting the challenge of China: the Vietnamese garment industry in the post-MFA era’, Global Networks, 11 (3), 355-79 

2010
Kaoru Natsuda, Kenta Goto and John Thoburn (2010), ‘Challenges to the Cambodian garment industry in the global garment value chain’, European Journal of Development Research, 22 (4), 469-493 

John Thoburn (2010), ‘Staying in the global economy: a preliminary view of Vietnam after the end of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing’, in Pookong Kee and Hidetaka Yoshimatsu (eds), Global Movements in the Asia Pacific, Singapore: World Scientific, pp.249-264 

2009
John Thoburn (2009), The impact of world recession on the textile and garment industries of Asia, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Working Paper 17/2009, Research and Statistics Branch
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/Publications/RSF_DPR/WP172009_Ebook.pdf 

2007
Andries Bezuidenhout, Grace Khunou, Sarah Mosoetsa, Kirsten Sutherland and John Thoburn, ‘Globalisation, production and poverty: the impact of restructuring in the textiles sector on households in South Africa’, Journal of International Development, vol.19, no.5, July, pp.545-565

John Thoburn, Kirsten Sutherland and Nguyen Thi Hoa, ‘Globalisation and restructuring in the textiles sector on households in Vietnam: impacts on households’, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, vol.12, no.3, August: 345-366

2005
John Thoburn, Khalid Nadvi, Chris Edwards and Markus Eberhardt (2005). ‘Challenges to Vietnamese firms in the global garment and textile value chain’, in Elisa Giuliani, Roberta Rabellotti and Meine Pieter van Dijk  (eds), Clusters Facing Competition: the Importance of External Linkages, London: Ashgate, pp.85-105

Thoburn, J.T., with Nguyen Thi Hoa, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha and Kirsten Sutherland, 'Trade Reform and State-Owned Enterprise restructuring in Vietnam: Implications for Workers' in Tribe, M., J.T. Thoburn and R. Palmer-Jones, Development Economics and Social Justice: Essays in Honour of Ian Livingstone, Aldershot, Hants, UK/Burlington, USA: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Chapter 18 pp250-262

Tribe, M., J.T. Thoburn and R. Palmer-Jones, Development Economics and Social Justice: Essays in Honour of Ian Livingstone, Aldershot, Hants, UK/Burlington, USA: Ashgate Publishing Ltd

2004
Nadvi, K., and J.T. Thoburn, 'Vietnam in the global garment and textile value chain: impacts on firms and workers' in Journal of International Development 16 (1): 111-124

Nadvi, K., J.T. Thoburn, Bui Tat Thang, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha, Nguyen Thi Hoa & Dao Hong Le, 'Challenges to Vietnamese firms in the world garment and textile value chain, and the implications for alleviating poverty' in Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 9 (2) - Special Issue: 249-267

Roberts, S., and J.T. Thoburn, 'Globalization and the South African textiles industry: impacts on firms and workers' in Journal of International Development 16 (1): 125-139

Thoburn, J.T. (ed.), 'Globalization and Poverty in Vietnam' in Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 9 (2) - Special Issue

Thoburn, J.T., 'Globalization and Poverty in Vietnam: introduction and overview' in Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 9 (2) - Special Issue: 127-144

2003
Roberts, S. and J.T. Thoburn, 'Adjusting to trade liberalisation: the case of firms in the South African textile sector' in Journal of African Economies 12 (1): 74-103

2001
Thoburn, J.T., 'Becoming an Exporter of Manufactures: the Case of Indonesia' in O. Morrisey and M. Tribe (eds), Economic Policy and Manufacturing Performance in Developing Countries, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp97-119

Thoburn, J.T., 'Could Import Protection Drive Manufacturing Exports in Africa?' in D. Belshaw and I. Livingstone (eds), Renewing Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, London: Routledge, 496pp

Thoburn, J.T., Finding the Right Track for Industry in Africa: Some Policy Issues and Options, discussion paper of Industrial Policies and Research Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Vienna (30pp); and French version - A la Recherche d'une Voie pour L'Industrie Africaine: Enjeux et Options Strategique - simultaneously published by UNIDO

Thoburn, J.T. (associate editor), Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy, London: Routledge, 1817pp

2000
Thoburn, J.T., 'Developing African Exports: the Case of Nigeria' in H. Jalilian, M. Tribe & J. Weiss (eds), Industrial Development and Policy in Africa: Issues of De-Industrialisation and Development Strategy, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp222-243

Thoburn, J.T., 'Development studies education in universities in the new millennium: a United Kingdom perspective' in Journal of International Development Studies (journal of the Japan Society for International Development) 9 (2): 49-62

1999
Thoburn, J.T., 'Current Economic Trends in Asia and the Pacific' in Regional Surveys of the World: The Far East and Australasia 2000, London: Europa, pp44-53

1998
Thoburn, J.T., with L.Y. Zhang, 'Joint Ventures in China and their Relation to the Local Economy' in P. Cook, C. Kirkpatrick and F. Nixson (eds) Privatization, Enterprise Development and Economic Reform: Experiences of Developing and Transitional Countries, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp150-166

1997
Thoburn, J.T., 'Enterprise reform, domestic competition and export competitiveness: the case of China' in Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 2 (2): 166-177

1996
Howell, J., and J.T. Thoburn, 'Industrial Branch Profiles' in Chapter 3 of United Nations Industrial Development Organization, China Industrial Development Review; Economist Intelligence Unit, London; pp83-232