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Theorizing brokerage

The proliferation of brokerage across sectors has placed the topic back on the agenda in the social sciences. Yet, approaches to brokerage have remained remarkably static. This project will advance theories of brokerage informed by data on trade and industrial upgrading in the Pearl River Delta.

Heidi Østbø Haugen

One case of China's extraversion: The export of goods to African markets. (Photo: Heidi Østbø Haugen)

Partner institutions

School of Sociology & Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University.


The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway through the FRIPRO Young Researcher Talent program.


Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2018) The unmaking of a commodity: Intermediation and the entanglement of power cables in Nigeria. Environment and Planning A (Online first.. 

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2018) From Pioneers to Professionals: African Brokers in a Maturing Chinese Marketplace. African Studies Quarterly, 17(4): 45-62.

Tags: China, Chinese, Cultural encounters, International cooperation
Published Apr. 3, 2018 4:09 PM - Last modified Apr. 3, 2018 4:23 PM