CSU Los Angeles -- October 10, 2003
State L.A. Gets NSF Support for Global Trade Research
Los Angeles, CA - California State University, Los Angeles' Sociology Department
has recently received a $122,713 grant from the National Science Foundation to
conduct a research project entitled "Cycles of Global Trade Structures."
An award letter from NSF to the project's principal investigator Tieting Su
(Alhambra) writes: "Congratulations on receiving the panel and program
recommendation. This is a very competitive process, and it is an affirmation and
an honor to have your work so positively evaluated by your colleagues."
Su explains, "In this project, I will combine two approaches in analyzing global
political economy in the 20th century: the network and world-system approaches.
Both approaches were originated in sociology and have had increasing impact in
various disciplines in social sciences and humanities."
According to Su, this project also has two striking characteristics. First, it
deals with real trade flows and, secondly, it covers a long historical span. While
most academic studies on trade focus on policies, agreements and formal institutions
on trade such as NAFTA (North American Free Trade Area), Andean Community, WTO
(World Trade Organization), Southern African Development Community, Arab Common
Market, etc., this study focuses on real trade flows among countries in the world
and is design to detect network patterns or structures stemming from the flows.
This project covers the historical period from 1920's to the present, which will
reveal a general contour of world trade structure. The general contour may guide
our vision of the world economy in the future.
Additionally, a book related to this project-Globalization and Trade: Networks of
World Trade from 1920's to 1990's-authored by Tieting Su, is expected to be
published soon by Routledge, a major academic publisher based in London.
Su explains, "The grant will help to strengthen the research infrastructure at
CSULA's Sociology Department and expose students to first-rate research, as the
research results will be incorporated in courses related to globalization and
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that
supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and
engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.3 billion. NSF funds reach all
50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year,
NSF receives about 30,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 10,000
new funding awards. The NSF also awards over $200 million in professional and
service contracts yearly.
For more information on the research project, call Tieting Su, assistant professor
of sociology at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2211.
Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director, (323) 343-3044