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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    The Quest for Asia’s Next Manufacturing Miracle

    The piece argues that newly emerging Asian economies will have to fashion a new 21st century model of economic growth that is characterized by a diverse manufacturing sector, skilled workforce and a new deal between business and labor.

    Others 5 May 2015

    Unions Are Key to Tackling Inequality, Says Top Global Financial Institution

    Rising inequality is directly tied to waning rates of unionization, says a groundbreaking report released recently by the International Monetary Fund.

    Income and Wages 16 January 2015

    International Monetary Fund Underscores the Importance of Jobs for Macroeconomic Stability

    A new report by the IMF and Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledges the importance of quality jobs, calling the JustJobs Index a "valuable look at income and employment security and working conditions."

    Trade and Supply Chains 6 October 2014

    Pathways to Inclusive Growth: 5 Steps to Create Just Jobs in Africa

    A guide for African leaders and the international community on how to create good jobs in one of the world's most dynamic and rapidly evolving regions.

    by Sabina Dewan et al.
    Welfare and Rights 30 September 2014

    Brazil’s Social Welfare Approach: Improving Job Outcomes for the Youth by Delaying Entrance Into Workforce

    Young people in Brazil enter the workforce too early, hindering their ability to gain the education and employable skills that deliver good job outcomes. The Brazilian government has implemented a broad set of social welfare schemes aimed at giving families financial relief, enabling youth to stay in school longer and delay their entry into the labor force.

    by Alfredo Santos, Gregory Randolph
    Urbanization 11 March 2020

    Small City Economies: The Scope for Mobility, and the Threat of Getting Stuck

    In recent decades, megacities in India and Indonesia– the world's largest developing country democracies' have grown increasingly inaccessible to rural-urban migrants. For anyone who hasn't obtained higher levels of education, the potential wage boost in moving from a rural area to a big city has been eroded by increasing skill demands in the labor market and higher costs of living. Small cities, meanwhile, pose fewer barriers for rural-urban migrants.

    Urbanization 20 February 2020

    Small City Dreaming: Where to Look for the Demographic Dividend

    Lately, policy makers and commentators have questioned whether the "demographic dividend" could turn into a "disaster" as countries struggle to create enough productive jobs for their ballooning youth populations. So far, research has focused less on the geography of the demographic dividend. Where are these young people who seek productive work? Where can their economic potential be fulfilled?

    by Gregory Randolph, Mukta Naik
    Urbanization 1 May 2018

    Boosting Urban Job Creation Beyond Lusaka: How to Catalyze Balanced, Job-Rich Urbanization in Zambia

    Despite the impressive, sustained rates of economic growth that Zambia has achieved since the start of the 21st century, and its relatively swift recovery from an economic downturn in 2015, the country’s ongoing structural transformation and urbanization processes are yielding highly uneven results.

    Entrepreneurship 7 February 2018

    Factory Workers Turned Entrepreneurs

    To what extent do young people aspire to life-long industrial jobs, independent of pay or working conditions? And what work do they do once they've left the factory?

    Migration 25 April 2017

    Rebuilding Nepal: Creating Good Jobs Amid Reconstruction and Migration

    Following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the challenges of reconstruction and high out-migration must be leveraged as opportunities to create just jobs.

    by Gregory Randolph, Prachi Agarwal

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