The development of the automotive industry in less developed countries
The global automotive industry has experienced major changes since the early 1990s, including profound changes in its geography of production. The vehicle output has increasingly shifted from traditional auto industry countries located in North America and Western Europe to less developed countries in search of new markets and lower production costs. The goal of this research project is to analyze the development of the automotive industry in less developed countries and its regional economic effects. It will combine quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. A prospective Ph.D. student will work on a selected macro-region or a country in the less developed world that has a globally o regionally significant automotive industry. S/he will analyze both statistical sources and other available information and conduct field research, which will include interviews with key informants in selected domestic and foreign-owned vehicle makers and their suppliers, as well as in relevant institutions, such as ministries, regional bodies, industry associations and think tanks. Economic geographers from countries and regions with a significant automotive industry in less developed countries are especially encouraged to apply.