Lecturer in Economics
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Sadhana Srivastava received her PhD degree from National University of Singapore in 2008. Prior to her PhD, she also worked for Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in Delhi, India. Sadhana’s current research has focused on analysing the importance of foreign direct investment in global value chains in developing Asia as well as global outsourcing of services. Her work in the context of comparing India and China’s FDI valuation system attracted significant international press and media attention and was cited by The Economist magazine in 2003. In 2011, Sadhana joined as a member of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions across the UNESCAP region, and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. She has contributed to the ARTNeT Working paper series in 2012. Sadhana was successful in securing an individual external research grant of USD 5000 in 2016 from the International Labour Organization (ILO) for contributing to a background paper on Labour Provisions and Implications for Trade Agreements in the context of the members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement. This paper was among the first to analyze the implications of including labour provisions in regional trade agreements involving developing economies in Asia, especially India and China.
Sadhana’s research is in the field of International economics with a particular focus on trade and development. It has contributed to the understanding of the linkages between the nature of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Trade flows in the Asia-Pacific region. More specifically, it takes a regional perspective to examine the increasing importance of the trade in Global Value Chains (GVCs) and the concomitant efforts towards deeper economic integration through bilateral and regional trade agreements.
Sadhana’s research has an applied focus that involves the analysis of detailed product-level trade data at Industry and cross-country level to understand the emergence of regional production networks and the dynamics of trade specialization in the Asia-Pacific region. This research is also of significance to New Zealand, as trade agreements are an integral part of its Trade Policy Agenda over the next decade, and there is a dearth of evidence for integrating its economy with the GVCs.