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Raphael Kaplinsky

Emeritus Fellow

Raphie Kaplinsky “grew up” at the IDS, after he arrived from South Africa in 1969. At various stages he coordinated the Industrialisation and Globalisation teams, directed three cohorts of the MPhil Programme and played a central role in helping to define and implement the strategic direction of the IDS. In 2006 he moved to the Open University, assisting the development group there to define its research agenda, and in 2015 returned to the IDS where he is now an Emeritus Fellow.

His research interests have spanned Industrial and Technology Policies, Global Value Chains, the Commodities Boom and the Terms of Trade, the impact of China on SSA and, more recently, Inclusive Innovation. He currently is also attached to the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex and has maintained his links with the Open University, so that one of his contributions to the IDS is to foster inter-institutional linkages in related research areas.

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Raphael Kaplinsky’s recent work

Working Paper

The Impact of China on Sub-Saharan Africa

IDS working papers;291

This paper focuses on the rapidly-growing links between China and SSA. The spotlight is placed on three vectors of interaction - trade, foreign investment and aid. Chinese involvement in Africa is driven predominantly by the quest for material inputs (oil and other primary commodities) required...

1 January 2007

Journal Article

Asian Drivers: Opportunities and Threats


Not for the first time, real events have caught the research community by surprise. From the late twentieth century Asian economies began to play an increasingly important role as global producers, beginning in Japan after the 1960s, and spreading to some other East Asian economies during the...

1 January 2006