Jeffrey Henderson

Professor of International Development, University of Bristol

Jeffrey Henderson, originally from the counties of Durham and York in northern England, studied sociology, history and politics at universities in Britain and the United States. Currently Professor of International Development in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) and Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies, he taught previously at the Universities of Birmingham, Hong Kong and Manchester where his career developed predominantly in interdisciplinary schools of urban studies/planning, business and development studies. He has held Visiting Professorships or Fellowships at the Universities of Lodz, Warwick, Glasgow, Melbourne, New England, Leeds, California at Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz and at Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe. He was a recipient of a Leverhulme Major Fellowship and has delivered invited lectures at leading universities in China, Singapore, Australia, the United States, Egypt, the UAE, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, The Netherlands, Taiwan and Japan. He has been an advisor to the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Council of Europe as well as to government agencies, politicians and NGOs in Britain and Hong Kong. He was also a Vice President of the Global Studies Association

Professor Henderson’s research is broadly concerned with the sociology, politics and political economy of economic development and in recent years his interests have focused on the developmental consequences of global production networks as well as on the relation of economic governance to inequality and poverty. He has pursued these interests in various parts of East Asia and Europe, as well as in South Africa. His current research is concerned with the implications, for the rest of the developing world, of the rise of China. In this context, he is particularly interested in theorising the emerging transformations in relation to economic globalisation, global governance, energy security, aid and human rights, and the geo-political consequences of all of these.

Additionally, he has recently begun to work of the relation between the over-centralisation of the British state and the economic underdevelopment of the British nations and English regions. Professor Henderson’s books include, The Globalisation of High Technology Production, States and Development in the Asian Pacific Rim (with Richard Appelbaum) and Industrial Transformation in Eastern Europe in the Light of the East Asian Experience. His recent publications include, East Asian Transformation (Routledge 2011) and Globalisation with Chinese Characteristics (special issue of Development and Change, 2013: edited with Richard Appelbaum and Suet Ying Ho).


  • 2008–present
    Professor of International Development, University of Bristol
  • 1996–2008
    Professor of International Economic Sociology, University of Manchester
  • 1992–1995
    Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies, Manchester Business School
  • 1981–1991
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Sociology and Urban Studies, University of Hong Kong
  • 1977–1981
    Research Fellow in Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham


  • 1987 
    University of Warwick, PhD (Sociology)