Setting the future investment research agenda
organized with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
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26 October 2018
09:00 - 16:00 Europe/Zurich

The UNCTAD Academic Network on Investment convenes scholars of international business, economics, law and other relevant fields for a day-long multi-disciplinary academic conference. Co-organized in partnership with the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), discussions will explore emerging trends for future research in investment and multinational enterprise. The conference event will produce a “Future Investment Research Agenda” and identify a list of opportunities for collaboration between researchers and UNCTAD’s Investment and Enterprise Division. It will centre on key themes that are expected to shape the international business and development landscape in the coming years.

Issues for the debate

  • The digital economy and the new industrial revolution are fundamentally changing the way firms operate internationally. Can existing theories of international business, from OLI to GVCs, still fully explain current trends in international production?
  • What is the latest thinking among scholars on the implications of the new era of globalization for global investment patterns and financial flows? What is their prognosis for policy directions?
  • What are the key emerging challenges and opportunities for research and policy analysis on investment and development?


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Chief Economist/Deputy Director of the United Nations University' World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland
Professor of International Strategy, Norwegian School of Economics NHH
LL.M., Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin DIBT (Doctoral Program in International Business Taxation), Research Associate DIBT (Doctoral Program in International Business Taxation), Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law
Professor of International Business and Founder Director of the Business Confucius Institute, University of Leeds
Executive Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Special Projects, Texas A&M University School of Law
the Gina and Anthony Bahr ’91 Professorship in Business, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
Professor of Management at Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
the Byington Endowed Chair, Professor of Marketing and International Business, Michigan State University
Professor of International Business, School of Economics, University of Porto
Chair in International Management and Governance Faculty of Business Studies and Economics, University of Bremen
Director of the WU Global Tax Policy Center, Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Professor of Economics and Pictet Chair in Finance and Development, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern
Vice President
Professor of International Business, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom


Head of Investment Research, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD