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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    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
    Urbanization 28 July 2018

    Promise and Peril of Rapid Rural-Urban Migration

    The Jakarta Post published an article written by Gregory Randolph, Executive Vice President of JustJobs Network based on research on India and Indonesia.

    Migration 18 July 2018

    Migration Junctions in India and Indonesia: Reimagining Places, Reorienting Policy

    JustJobs Network, in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research, identifies geographies in India and Indonesia that are simultaneously experiencing high levels of in- and out- migration. Beyond mapping these “migration junctions,” the authors suggest what particular policy frameworks may be needed to promote migrant well-being in these contexts.

    by Mukta Naik, Gregory Randolph
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    Income and Wages 16 November 2017

    Urban Revival for Inclusive Cities: The Cases of Detroit and Bilbao 

    Legacy cities of the Transatlantic region experienced prosperity and growth during the industrial era in North America and Europe. Globalization and technological advancement have compelled these urban areas once built on heavy manufacturing industries to reform and revitalize their economies. What will the 21st century bring for workers and economies in Transatlantic legacy cities?

    Migration 2 March 2017

    Looking Beyond Economics to Explain Labor Migration

    To what extent do culture and politics influence people's decision to migrate? Greg Randolph shares insights from his recent field visit to Nepal.

    Urbanization 29 April 2016

    The Role of Small Cities in Shaping Youth Employment Outcomes in India and Indonesia

    This research project explores the role of small cities in shaping the employment outcomes of migrant youth – specifically women and those from non-metropolitan backgrounds.

    by Mukta Naik, Gregory Randolph
    Income and Wages 14 September 2015

    Three Rules of Thumb to Raise Wages and Reduce Inequality

    Case studies from Brazil to China, from the United States to Germany, reveal that to square higher wages and competitiveness, governments must adhere to three rules of thumb.

    Urbanization 9 July 2015

    To Boost Women’s Employment, Start With the City

    Efforts to boost women's employment must take into account the role of the city government, especially its responsibility to provide safe, reliable and women-friendly public transport.


    The Global Deal: A New Economic Consensus

    Underneath the rumble of political debates, the tender shoots of a new global consensus around commonsense, practical and progressive economics are emerging. It's what Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven calls the Global Deal -- a new compromise between capital and labor that would ensure shared prosperity by putting jobs at the center of global macroeconomic policy.


    This Is What ‘Make in India’ Needs to Repeat China’s Success

    The piece argues that, despite its manufacturing push through "Make in India", the country will only be able to compete with Chinese manufacturing if it promotes fair and efficient labor laws, encourages women's entry into the workforce, and invests in human capital.

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