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    Meenu Tewari
    Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
    207 New East
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    Dr. Tewari works on the political economy of economic and industrial development, poverty alleviation, small firms, and the urban informal economy from a comparative, institutional perspective. She teaches in the areas of economic development, historical and institutional analysis of development processes, and microeconomics.

    Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Economic Development, International and Regional Planning)

    M.C.P. and S.M. Arch.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Economic Development, Housing and Human Settlements)

    B. Arch. School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi


    Dr. Tewari focuses on international economic development and regional planning.

    PLAN 058 (006e): First Year Seminar: Globalization and the North Carolina Economy
    PLAN 574 (110): Development, Poverty and Inequality
    PLAN 710 (210): Microeconomics for Planning & Policy

    Research and Practice

    Dr. Tewari works on the political economy of economic and industrial development, poverty alleviation, small firms, and the urban informal economy from a comparative, institutional perspective. She teaches in the areas of economic development, historical and institutional analysis of development processes, and microeconomics.

    Dr. Tewari's research focuses on comparative local economic development, upgrading and adjustment in developed and developing countries. She is particularly interested in the implications of global competition for firms, workers, public sector institutions and local economies, as well as the prospects for upward mobility in regions that are restructuring. Her research explores why, and under what conditions, are some regions, firms, workers and institutions more able to deal resiliently and innovatively with the pressures of globalization than others; and what kinds of institutional arrangements and circumstances help diffuse these capabilities widely within the regional economy.

    Dr. Tewari is a member of the Research and Advisory Committee of the Institute of Small Enterprise Development in India, and has served as a consultant with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Bank, International Labor Organization, the Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. She taught at MIT from 1997 to 1999 as lecturer in Economic Development and Urban Planning. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the IFO Institute for Economic Research in Munich, Germany.

    Ongoing Research

    Post-MFA adjustments in the global textile and clothing industry, with a focus on India and the United States. This project examines the globalization of India's textile and garment industry, and the non-traditional form that its growing insertion within US, European and Asian production and buyer networks is taking.

    A related project examines the impact of economic liberalization and WTO regulations on regional industry, focusing on the sub-national level in India.

    Cross-border mobility and the economic transformation of mature industries. The project examines how global competion and recent changes in North Carolina's traditional sectors, particularly its furniture and textiles industries, have restructured the region's manufacturing base, employment structure, worker skills, incomes and trade patterns.

    Dr. Tewari is also interested in issues of small firm competitiveness and the urban informal economy, particularly emerging institutions in the labor market, both formal and informal.

    Selected Publications

    Nathan, D., M. Tewari and S. Sarkar (eds).  2016.  Labor in Global Value Chains in Asia. Cambridge University Press, September 2016. ISBN: 9781107103740

    Tewari, M. 2012. Overcoming the Burden of History in the South Asian Garment Industry:  Emerging Engagement in Regional Markets.  Saarbrücken, Germany:  Lambert Academic Press, ISBN: 978-3-8465-5848-5

    Selected Papers:

    Tewari, M., Godfrey. N., et al. 2016. Better Cities, Better Growth: India’s Urban Opportunity. New Climate Economy, World Resources Institute, and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. London, Washington, DC, and New Delhi. Available at:

    Tewari, M, N. Godfrey, M. Brahmbhat, et al. 2016.  Better Cities, Better Growth: The Scale, Pace and Costs of India’s Post-Reform Urbanization.  Paper prepared for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, WRI and ICRIER.  July 22.

    Tewari, M. and C. Veeramani.  2016. Network Trade and Development: What do patterns of vertically specialized trade in ASEAN tell us about India’s place in Asian production networks? Global Economy Journal Vol. 16 (2): 349-388. June.  DOI: 10.1515/gej-2016-0018 May 13.

    Tewari, M.  2016 Relational Contracting at the Bottom of the Garment Value Chain: Evidence from Mewat. Indian Journal of Labour Economics (forthcoming, September 2016).

    Tewari. M. Diffusing Labor Standards Beyond the Value Chain: Lessons from the Mewat Experiment. In Nathan, D., Tewari M, and Sarkar, S. (eds). 2016.  Labor in Global Value Chains in Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

    Tewari, M., D. Nathan, S. Sarkar.  2016. Incorporating Labor in Asian Value Chains.  In Nathan, D., Tewari M, and Sarkar, S (eds). Labor in Global Value Chains in Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Nathan, D, M. Tewari and S. Sarkar.  2016.  The Double Movement of Labor in the Re-formation of Asian Value Chains.  In Nathan, D., Tewari M, and Sarkar, S (eds). Labor in Global Value Chains in Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  In Press.

    Tewari, M., C. Veeramani and M. Singh. “Indian Manufacturing and the Prospects of its Insertion in Asian Production Networks,” In Regional Production Networks in Asia. Edited by J. Menon and T.N. Srinivasan. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming January 2017.

    E. Somanathan, R. Somanathan, A. Sudarshan and M. Tewari (Alphabetical).  2015. “Impact of Temperature on Productivity and Labor Supply: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing.” Delhi School of Economics, Working Paper 244. Under review, Journal of Political Economy.  

    Tewari, M., Z. Aziz, M. Cook, A. Goldar, I. Ray, S. Ray, S. Roychowdhury and V. Unnikrishnan.  2015.  Reimagining India’s Urban Future: A framework for Securing High Growth, Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Urban Development in India.  ICRIER Working Paper 306 (Refereed series).

    Tewari, M., C. Veeramani and M. Singh.  2015.  Regional Production Networks in Asia:  Analyzing vertically specialized trade between India and ASEAN.  Paper No. 292, ICRIER, Refereed Series, January.

    Lowe, N., M. Tewari and T.W. Lester.  2015.  Planning for Inclusive Prosperity: Lessons from the North Carolina Experience.  Carolina Planning, Vol. 40.

    Sudarshan, A, and M. Tewari.  2014.  “The Economic Impacts of Temperature on Industrial Productivity: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing.”  ICRIER Paper No. 278, Refereed Series, July 2014.

    Karmakar, S and M. Tewari. 2014.  “Using IPRs to Protect Niches?  Evidence from the Indian Textile and Apparel Industry.” Indian Council For Research on International Economic Relations Paper No. 270, Refereed Series.

    Colloredo-Mansfield, Rudi, M. Tewari, J. Williams, D. Holland, A Steen.  2014.  “Communities, Supermarkets, and Local Food: Mapping Connections and Obstacles in Food Systems Work in North Carolina.  Human Organization, Vol 73, No. 3.

    Tewari, M., S. Ray, A. Goldar, I Ray, S. Roy Chowdhury, Z. Aziz and V. Unnikrishnan.  2013.  “Economic Resilience of Cities in a Changing Climate,” Chapter 6, Policy Briefs for Climate Resilience, Edited by Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, Rockefeller Foundation.

    Tewari, M.  2010.  “Footloose Capital, Intermediation and the Search for the ‘High Road’ in Low Wage Industries.”  In:  Labour in Global Production Networks in India edited by Anne Posthuma and Dev Nathan.  Oxford University Press, New Delhi and Oxford.

    Tewari, M. 2010. “The Textile and Clothing Industry.”  Chapter 3 in Intraregional Trade and Investment in South Asia. Manila: Asian Development Bank. Pp. 40-69.

    Tewari, M. 2009.  “The complexity of upgrading within industrial districts: Insights from the diesel engine industry in India.”  In: The Handbook of Industrial Districts, Edited by Giacomo Becattini, Marco Bellandi, and Lisa De Propris, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton MA, USA: Edward Elgar.

    Tewari, M. 2008.  “Varieties of global integration: Navigating institutional Legacies and global Networks in India’s Garment Industry,” Competition and Change, 12 (1): 49-67.

    Tewari, M.  2008.  Deepening Intraregional Trade and Investment in South Asia: The Case of the Textiles and Clothing Industry. Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Working Paper No. 213.  April.   Refereed Series. 89 Pages.

    Tewari, M.  2008.  An investigation into the Post-MFA response of the Indian textile and apparel industry to the world after quotas. Paper prepared for the Ministry of Textiles, India and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).

    Tewari, M. 2006.  “Is price and cost-competitiveness enough for apparel firms to gain market share in theworld without quotas? A review.” Global Economy Journal, 6 (4) December.  Pp. 1-47.

    Tewari, M.  2006.  Adjustments in India’s textile and apparel industry: Reworking historical legacies in a post-MFA World,” Environment and Planning A, 38 (12): 2325-2344. 2006.

    Tewari M., and P. Pillai. 2005.  Global standards and environmental compliance in India’s leather industry.Oxford Development Studies 33 (2): 245-267.  

    Tewari, M.  2005.  Non-local forces in the historical evolution and transformation of North Carolina’s Furniture Industry.  In: The American South in a Global World, edited by James Peacock, Harry Watson and Carrie M. Mathews. Chapel Hill and London: UNC Press. Pp 113-137.

    Tewari, M.  2005.  Post-MFA adjustment in India’s textile and apparel industry: Emerging issues and trends.  Working Paper No. 167, Indian Council for International Economic Relations ICRIER), New Delhi, India, July.  Refereed Series. 55 pages.

    Tewari, M. 2005.  Foreign direct investment and the transformation of Tamil Nadu’s Automotive supply base. In: Local Production Systems and Global Markets in Emerging Economies: Brazil, India, Mexico, edited by Yves-André Faure, Loraine Kennedy and Pascal Labazée.  IRD/Karthala, Paris, pp. 157-197.

    Tewari, M.  2004.  Published in Spanish in the volume titled Produciones locales y globalizacion en los países emergentes: Mexico, India y Brasil, edited by Margarita Estrada Iguíniz and Pascal Labazée, published by CIESAS, Mexico, 2004.  Pp. 329-378.

    Tewari, M.  2003.  Technical modernization in small inter-linked firms:  The diesel engine cluster, India. In:  Beyond Old Equations: Small Enterprise Experiences and Perspectives in India, edited by P.M. Mathew, Kanishka Press: New Delhi. Pp 162-188.

    Dolan, C., and M. Tewari. 2001. From what we wear to what we eat: Upgrading in Global Value Chains. IDS Bulletin, 32 (3): 94-104.

    Tewari, M.  1999.  Successful Adjustment in Indian Industry: The Case of Ludhiana’s Woolen Knitwear Industry. World Development, 27 (9): 1651-1671.  

    Tewari, M. 1998. Intersectoral Linkages and the Role of the State in Shaping the Conditions of Industrial Accumulation: A Study of Ludhiana’s Metalworking Industry.  World Development, 26 (8): 1387-1411.

    Tewari, M. 1998. The state's role in shaping the conditions of accumulation in Ludhiana's metalworking sector: an  historical interpretation.  In:  Decentralized Production in India: Industrial Districts, Flexible Specialization, and Employment, edited by Philippe Cadéne and Mark Holmström. Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, London: Sage. Pp. 251-282.

    Sanyal, B. and M. Tewari. 1991. Politics and Institutions in Urban Development  --The Story of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority. In: The Urban Poor, And Basic Infrastructure Services in Asia and the Pacific, Vol. II.  Edited by the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, Philippines. Pp. 605-630.

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