Gregory Randolph

Founding Partner, JustJobs Network


Dr. Gregory F. Randolph is Founding Partner at the JustJobs Network, serving in key leadership roles at the organization since its founding in 2013. He has spent over a decade conducting applied research in emerging economies through his work with JJN. His work focuses on issues of local economic development, urbanization, and spatial inequality.

In addition to his role at JJN, Gregory is an Assistant Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He has also consulted for multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and served as an economic policy advisor to prominent Los Angeles City Councilmember, Nithya Raman. Gregory has been awarded the Fulbright-Hays and Fulbright-Nehru research fellowships as well as the Clinton Fellowship of the American India Foundation. He received his PhD from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

Gregory’s policy work and academic research has been supported by a range of institutions: the International Development Research Centre (Canada), London School of Economics, U.S. Departments of Education and State, USC Lusk Center, Solidarity Center, and German Marshall Fund. His opinion writing has appeared in media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindustan Times, Indian Express, and The Jakarta Post. He speaks Hindi and Bahasa Indonesia.

Find out more about Gregory’s work on his personal website.

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    Urbanization 17 March 2020

    Planning the Small City: Striking the Balance Between Big Projects and Local Agency

    Across the world, the nature of urban planning and city governance depends a lot on how power is distributed among tiers of government. India and Indonesia have both pursued strategies to "decentralize" their governments and invest local authorities with more power. Those policies and their effects, however, look different across the two countries.

    Urbanization 17 February 2020

    Transforming Secondary Urban Areas for Job Creation: A Study of Uganda

    Rapid population growth and a growing youth workforce, coupled with rapid urbanization, have created a policy imperative to generate jobs on a large scale across Sub-Saharan Africa.

    by Miljan Sladoje et al.
    Migration 7 January 2020

    Mangalore: The Front Lines of India’s Employment, Migration and Urban Challenges

    This report focuses on Mangalore, Karnataka to highlight dispersed urbanisation and job opportunities outside large cities. It provides data and makes policy recommendations for economic development and inclusive job markets.

    by Mukta Naik, Gregory Randolph
    Migration 3 January 2020

    Kishangarh: The Front Lines of India’s Employment, Migration and Urban Challenges

    This research project, of which this city profile is a part, turns its attention to the ‘where’ of the demographic dividend – what kind of geographies are experiencing the transition of youth from agriculture to non-farm work?

    by Mukta Naik, Gregory Randolph
    Migration, Urbanization 22 July 2019

    Migrants Aren’t Streaming Into Cities, and What This Means for Urban India

    Gregory Randolph, Executive Vice- President of JustJobs Network co-authors an article on how migrants are part of the solution for cities, published by Hindustan Times.

    Technology 31 May 2019

    New Opportunities in the Platform Economy : On-Ramps to Formalization in the Global South

    The JustJobs Network team has collaborated with the Future of Work in the Global South, to examine the platform economy workers in the global South. The findings and recommendations of this paper aim to improve policymakers’ access to data on platform economy work and, second, on using that information to design integrated systems of taxation and social protection and develop appropriate legal definitions of platform services and workers.

    Migration 3 December 2018

    Semarang: The Front Lines of Indonesia’s Employment, Migration and Urban Challenges

    This report emphasises local economic development in Indonesia’s smaller urban centres like Kabupaten Semarang, Java and offers policy recommendations for growth.

    by Gregory Randolph, Holi Bina Wijaya
    Migration 3 November 2018

    Kupang: The Front Lines of Indonesia’s Employment, Migration and Urban Challenges

    This report highlights the evolving urbanisation trends in Indonesia, the demographic challenges the country faces, and the importance of addressing employment and economic development in small and medium-sized cities like Kupang.

    by Gregory Randolph, Pantoro Tri Kuswardono

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