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Jeffrey Henderson

Professor Emeritus 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. Professor Emeritus of International Development in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), University of Bristol, he taught previously at the Universities of Birmingham, Hong Kong and Manchester. 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 and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 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 is currently Vice-Chair of the EU-COST China in Europe Research Network.

Jeffrey 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 (a) the implications for Europe of China's global externalisation and (b) the relation between the over-centralisation of the British state and the underdevelopment of the British nations and English regions

Professor Henderson’s books/journal special issues include, China and the Economic Future of Europe (2021: with Nana de Graaff); Globalisation with Chinese Characteristics (2013: with Richard Appelbaum and Suet Ying Ho); East Asian Transformation (2011); Industrial Transformation in Eastern Europe in the Light of the East Asian Experience (1998); States and Development in the Asian Pacific Rim (1992: with Richard Appelbaum); and The Globalisation of High Technology Production (1989); and Global Restructuring and Territorial Development (1987: with Manuel Castells).


  • 2018–present
    Professor Emeritus of International Development, University of Bristol
  • 2008–2018
    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)