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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.



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

A Policy Agenda for Post?Apartheid South Africa (Introduction)

IDS Bulletin 37.4

Every now and again the wheels of history turn with an increased moment. Not only does the speed of turn increase, but so does its direction. Often this changing momentum is closely associated with a severe trauma, giving meaning to the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word...

1 October 2006

Journal Article

China and the Global Terms of Trade

IDS Bulletin 37.1

The terms of trade have dominated development thinking since the early 1950s when Singer and Prebisch produced analyses of price trends, which suggested that there was a secular trend towards a fall in the commodities–manufactures terms of trade (Prebisch 1950; Singer 1950). The...

1 January 2006


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

Raphael Kaplinsky’s recent work


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It was with huge sadness that we received the news about Chris Colclough’s untimely death on Tuesday 28 June.

30 June 2017


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31 May 2017