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.