Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

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dr. N.P.C. (Niels) Beerepoot


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Geographies of Globalizations
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: C4.11
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam
  • N.P.C.Beerepoot@uva.nl
    T: 0205255753

Bio Niels Beerepoot

I am associate professor in Economic Geography at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam. In 2000, I finished my graduate studies in International Economics and Economic Geography at Utrecht University. In the same year I started my PhD research at the University of Amsterdam. Late 2004, I finished my PhD thesis titled "Collective Learning in Small Enterprise Clusters: Skilled Workers, Labour Market Dynamics and Knowledge Accumulation in the Philippine Furniture Industry".


My research interests include: globalisation and regional development, service outsourcing and offshoring, global value chain dynamics, employability and labour market dynamics, small enterprise development, new middle class formation in the Global South, online freelancing/microwork and impact sourcing. My regional focus is on South (India) and Southeast Asia (Philippines). I am the executive editor of Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) and the chair of the Dutch National Committee of the International Geographical Union.


From to 2011 to 2016 I was the project leader of the NWO-WOTRO Integrated-Programme project on understanding the local outcomes of the emergence of the offshore service sector in Mumbai and Manila. This project is a collaboration with researchers from the University of Mumbai and the University of the Philippines and concentrates on the patterns of offshore service sector development in both cities, access to employment and chances for upward labour mobility, the induced and indirect effects and wider social implications in both cities.


Visiting positions
- Durham University (6 months, 2006)
- Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai (2.5 months, 2009), funded by NWO-ICSSR Social Science Cooperation Programme India-Netherlands
- University of the Philippines-School of Labour and Industrial Relations in Manila (2 months, 2015), funded by University of the Philippines Visiting Scholar programme.
- Visiting lecturer (2010-2013) at FHR Lim a Po Institute (Suriname) and the German University of Technology (Oman) for short courses on Globalisation and Regional Development.

Current and recent research projects

 

Online freelancing and impact sourcing (2014-2016)
A new form of service outsourcing has rapidly expanded in recent years, namely the global online job marketplace for freelance contractors. Global online job marketplaces provide a great opportunity to cut-off intermediaries in global value chains and directly outsource online service work to individuals (contractors) in developing countries. They can bring service outsourcing within the reach of small firms and individuals (as clients and contractors) and lead to a redefinition of work organisation through the formation of virtual teams that consist of individuals from around the world. This research explores how online job marketplaces can be utilised for reaching new groups who fall outside the traditional scope for service outsourcing and whether they can hereby contribute to impact sourcing objectives. Whereas existing impact sourcing initiatives are so far largely based on providing employment new groups of workers through a traditional model of office-based service delivery, this research will identify the compatibility of online job marketplaces and impact sourcing.

 

WOTRO Integrated Programme (2011-2016)
Contemporary globalisation is increasingly referred to as hierarchical integration in a new international division of labour. This project concentrates on contemporary globalisation by means of the international expansion of offshore service delivery. Offshore service delivery is still at an early stage of development and there is limited knowledge on the scope and magnitude of this particular form of globalisation. To what extent this follows different patterns compared to industrial offshoring, with regard to issues such as the embeddedness of production and opportunities for upgrading and upward labour mobility has, so far, not been a subject of in-depth analysis. Furthermore, limited knowledge is available on the enclave-nature of contemporary globalisation and whether it strengthens inequalities between people who benefit from the new economic opportunities and those who are confronted with various forms of exclusion.
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Integration of Indian ICT-ITES companies in the Dutch service outsourcing market (2014, funded by Platform Outsourcing Nederland)
This research focused on the entry strategy and integration of Indian ICT-ITES companies in the Dutch service outsourcing market.  

Union Challenges and Strategies to Engage Contract Workers in Developing Countries (2012-2013, funded by CNV Internationaal)
Based on empirical research in 2 African countries (Senegal and Togo) and 2 Asian countries (Cambodia and Indonesia) this research examined how trade unions can respond to the challenges of dealing with an increasingly flexible and fragmented labour force.

 

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Kumar, R. and N. Beerepoot (forthcoming, 2017). Altering the social fabric of the working poor? Work and employment issues of support workers catering to international ICT-ITES firms in Mumbai In: Ernesto Noronha and Premilla D’Cruz (eds.) Critical perspectives on work and employment in globalizing India. Springer Publishers

Beerepoot, N., B. Lambregts and J. Kleibert (eds.) (2017) Globalisation and New Patterns of Services-driven Economic Growth London: Routledge, 250 pp.

- Lambregts, B., N. Beerepoot and J. Kleibert (2017). Globalisation and services-driven economic growth. pp. 1-18
- Papadongonas, P. and N. Beerepoot (2017). Beyond call centres: the indirect effects of service sector-driven growth on new middle-class consumption and retail in Mumbai. pp. 208-223.
- Beerepoot, N., J. Kleibert and B. Lambregts (2017), Conclusion: trends and ways forward in services-driven economic growth. pp. 224-231. 

Beerepoot, N. and I. Roodheuvel (2016). Internationalisation strategies of emerging market based multinationals: Integration of Indian ICT-ITES companies in the Dutch service outsourcing market. In: European Planning Studies DOI:10.1080/09654313.2016.1170107

Beerepoot, N. and B. Lambregts (2016). Competition and wage effects in the global online market for microwork and services outsourcing. In: B. Nicholson, R. Babin and M. Lacity (eds.) Socially responsible outsourcing: global sourcing with global impact. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 119-137.

Beerepoot, N. and C. Keijser (2015). The service outsourcing sector as driver of development: evidence from Ghana’s ICT for Accelerated Development programme. In: TESG Journal of Economic and Social Geography Vol. 106 (5), pp. 556-569,

Beerepoot, N. and R. Kumar (2015) Upgrading service delivery and employment conditions through indirect insertion in global value chains. In: Competition and Change Vol. 19 (5), pp. 374-389.  

Beerepoot, N. and B. Lambregts (2015). Competition in online job marketplaces: towards a global labour market for service outsourcing? In: Global Networks Vol. 15 (2), pp. 236-255

Lambregts, B., N. Beerepoot and R. Kloosterman (eds.) (2015) ‘The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia: Offshore business processes in services industries’. London: Routledge.

Lambregts, B., N. Beerepoot and R. Kloosterman (2015). The Local Impact of Services Offshoring in South and Southeast Asia: An Introduction In: B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot and R. Kloosterman (eds.) ‘The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia: Offshore business processes in services industries’. London: Routledge, pp. 1-16.

Kloosterman, R., N. Beerepoot and B. Lambregts (2015). Service Sector Driven Development from a Historical Perspective. In: B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot and R. Kloosterman (eds.) ‘The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia: Offshore business processes in services industries’. London: Routledge, pp. 17-28.

Beerepoot, N. and E. Vogelzang (2015). Service outsourcing to smaller cities in the Philippines: the formation of an emerging local middle class? In: B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot and R. Kloosterman (eds.) ‘The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia: Offshore business processes in services industries’. London: Routledge, pp. 195-207.

Beerepoot, B. Lambregts and R. Kloosterman (2015) Offshore services and the road to development.  In: B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot and R. Kloosterman (eds.) ‘The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia: Offshore business processes in services industries’. London: Routledge, pp. 208-214.

Beerepoot, N. (2014). Global convergence in the new international division of labour: the opportunities and challenges of outsourcing and offshoring. In: The Broker
http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/Articles/Creating-a-global-labour-market

Beerepoot, N. & M. Hendriks (2013). Employability of Offshore Service Workers in the Philippines: opportunities for upward labour mobility or dead-end jobs? In: Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 27 (5), pp. 823-841.   

Van Westen, G., N. Beerepoot, E. Andriese and B. Van Helvoirt (2011). Regional business systems and inclusive/exclusive development in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia In: B. Helmsing and S. Vellema (eds.) Value Chains, Inclusion and Endogenous Development: Contrasting Theories and Realities. London: Routledge, pp. 151-177.

Beerepoot, N. (2010). Globalisation and the reworking of labour market segmentation in the Philippines. In: H. Knutsen et al. (eds), Missing Links in Labour Geographies, London: Ashgate, pp. 199-2010.

Beerepoot, N. and M. Hernández-Agramonte (2009). Social movement unionism in the Philippines: Organising displaced workers from the garments industry. In: Novelli, M. & Ferus-Comelo, A. (eds.) Globalisation, Knowledge & Labour, London: Routledge, pp. 122-139.

Beerepoot, N. and M. Hernández-Agramonte (2009). Post MFA-adjustment of the Philippine Garments Sector: Women’s Cooperatives Amidst Manufacturing Decline. In: European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 21 (3).  

Beerepoot, N. (2008). The benefits of learning in clusters: analysing upward mobility for skilled workers in the Cebu furniture cluster. In: Environment and Planning A Vol. 40 (10), pp. 2435-2452.  

Beerepoot, N. (2008). Diffusion of knowledge and skills through labour markets: evidence from the furniture cluster in Metro Cebu. In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development Vol. 20 (1), pp. 67-88.

Beerepoot, M. & N. Beerepoot (2007). Government regulation as an impetus for innovation: evidence from energy performance regulation in the Dutch residential building sector. In: Energy Policy Vol. 35 (10), pp. 4812-4825.

Beerepoot, N. (2007). Learning and Entrepreneurship in the Furniture Cluster in Metro Cebu. In: International Development Planning Review Vol. 29 (1), pp. 23-42.

Beerepoot, N. (2005). Collective learning by artisanal subcontractors in a Philippine furniture cluster. In: TESG-Journal of Economic and Social Geography Vol. 96 (5) pp. 573-584.

Beerepoot, N. (2005). Collective Learning in Small Enterprise Clusters: Skilled Workers, Labour Market Dynamics and Knowledge Accumulation in the Philippine Furniture Industry. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Amsterdam

Beerepoot, N. (2004). Learning in small enterprise clusters: the role of skilled workers in the diffusion of knowledge in the Philippines. In: International Journal of Technology and Globalization, Vol. 1 (1) pp. 78-91.

Beerepoot, N. (2003) The contribution of skilled workers in the diffusion of knowledge in the Philippines. In: S. Mani & H. Romijn (eds.) “Innovation, Learning and Technological Dynamism of Developing Countries, pp. 158-177. Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

 

 

Understanding the current wave in globalisation: the segmented outcomes of offshore service sector development in Mumbai and Manila

Contemporary globalisation is increasingly referred to as hierarchical integration in a new international division of labour, re-inventing and re-inscribing patterns of uneven development. This project concentrates on contemporary globalisation by means of the international expansion of offshore service delivery. Offshore service delivery is still at an early stage of development and there is limited knowledge on the scope and magnitude of this particular form of globalisation. To what extent this follows different patterns compared to industrial offshoring, with regard to issues such as the embeddedness of production and opportunities for upgrading and upward labour mobility has, so far, not been a subject of in-depth analysis. Furthermore, limited knowledge is available on the "enclave-nature" of contemporary globalisation and whether it strengthens inequalities between people who benefit from the new economic opportunities and those who are confronted with various forms of exclusion.
 
India is the leader and main beneficiary of offshore service sector development while the Philippines is recently emerging as a new offshoring destination. Offshore financial services are a relatively new branch in service offshoring and comprise both lower and higher end activities. This research project will analyse the emergence of the offshore financial back-office activities in Mumbai and Manila, and explain its role as a driver of economic and social change, by integrating the following research questions:

1) Which patterns of expansion of the offshore service-sector and transition towards higher value added service activities can be observed in both locations?

2) Which kind of segmentation of the labour force exists in the offshore service-sector and what opportunities are present for upward mobility within this sector?

3) Which role does the offshore service-sector play in middle class formation in both cities and what role does this group have as a driver of economic development?

4) What are the commonalities and differences between the current and previous wave of globalization?

5) How can the offshore service sector act as driver of inclusive development within both cities?

To answer these questions, four PhD researchers (concentrating on questions one-three), one Post-doc researchers (concentrating on question four) and senior researchers from University of Amsterdam-Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of the Philippines-School of Labour and Industrial Relations, and University of Mumbai-Department of Economics collaborate. The project will provide input to discussions on patterns of economic development, based on the outsourcing of services, and their broader impact on the social fabric of emerging economies.

2017

  • Beerepoot, N. P. C., & Kumar, R. (2017). Altering the Social Fabric of the Working Poor? Work and Employment Issues of Support Workers Catering to International ICT-ITES Firms in Mumbai. In P. D'Cruz, & E. Noronha (Eds.), Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment in Globalizing India (pp. 133-152). Singapore: Springer.
  • Beerepoot, N., Kleibert, J., & Lambregts, B. (2017). Conclusions: trends and ways forward in services-driven economic growth. In N. Beerepoot, B. Lambregts, & J. Kleibert (Eds.), Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South (pp. 223-230). London: Routledge. [details] 
  • Lambregts, B., Beerepoot, N., & Kleibert, J. (2017). Globalisation and services-driven economic growth: An introduction. In N. Beerepoot, B. Lambregts, & J. Kleibert (Eds.), Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South (pp. 1-18). (The dynamics of economic space). London: Routledge. [details] 
  • Papadongonas, P., & Beerepoot, N. (2017). Beyond call centres: The indirect effects of service sector-driven growth on new middle-class consumption and retail in Mumbai. In N. Beerepoot, B. Lambregts, & J. Kleibert (Eds.), Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South (pp. 207-222). London: Routledge. [details] 

2016

  • Beerepoot, N., & Lambregts, B. (2016). Competition and wage effects in the global online market for microwork and services outsourcing. In B. Nicholson, R. Babin, & M. C. Lacity (Eds.), Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Global Sourcing with Social Impact. (pp. 119-137). (Technology, Work and Globalization). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N., & Roodheuvel, I. (2016). Internationalization strategies of emerging market-based multinationals: integration of Indian ICT-ITES companies on the Dutch service outsourcing market. European Planning Studies, 24(7), 1374-1391. DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1170107  [details] 

2015

  • Beerepoot, N., & Keijser, C. (2015). The service outsourcing sector as driver of development: the expectations of Ghana's ICT for Accelerated Development programme. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 106(5), 556-569. DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12122  [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N., & Vogelzang, E. (2015). Service outsourcing to smaller cities in the Philippines: the formation of an emerging local middle class. In B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot, & R. C. Kloosterman (Eds.), The local impact of globalization in South and Southeast Asia: offshore business processes in services industries (pp. 195-207). (Routledge studies in the modern world economy; No. 149). London/New York: Routledge. [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N., & Kumar, R. (2015). Upgrading service delivery and employment conditions through indirect insertion in global value chains. Competition & Change, 19(5), 374-389. DOI: 10.1177/1024529415593244  [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N., & Lambregts, B. (2015). Competition in online job marketplaces: towards a global labour market for outsourcing services? Global Networks, 15(2), 236-255. DOI: 10.1111/glob.12051  [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N., Lambregts, B., & Kloosterman, R. C. (2015). Conclusions: offshore services and the road to development. In B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot, & R. C. Kloosterman (Eds.), The local impact of globalization in South and Southeast Asia: offshore business processes in services industries (pp. 208-214). (Routledge studies in the modern world economy; No. 149). London/New York: Routledge. [details] 
  • Kloosterman, R. C., Beerepoot, N., & Lambregts, B. (2015). Service-sector driven economic development from a historical perspective. In B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot, & R. C. Kloosterman (Eds.), The local impact of globalization in South and Southeast Asia: offshore business processes in services industries (pp. 17-28). (Routledge studies in the modern world economy; No. 149). London/New York: Routledge. [details] 
  • Lambregts, B., Beerepoot, N., & Kloosterman, R. C. (2015). The local impact of services offshoring in South and Southeast Asia: introduction and overview. In B. Lambregts, N. Beerepoot, & R. C. Kloosterman (Eds.), The local impact of globalization in South and Southeast Asia: offshore business processes in services industries (pp. 1-13). (Routledge studies in the modern world economy; No. 149). London/New York: Routledge. [details] 
  • Marasigan, M. L., & Beerepoot, N. P. C. (in press). Examining the Influence of Offshore Service Jobs on Personal Circumstances and Employability. Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations.

2013

  • Beerepoot, N., & Hendriks, M. (2013). Employability of offshore service sector workers in the Philippines: opportunities for upward labour mobility or dead-end jobs? Work, Employment & Society, 27(5), 823-841. DOI: 10.1177/0950017012469065  [details] 

2011

  • Andriesse, E., Beerepoot, N., van Helvoirt, B., & van Westen, G. (2011). Business systems, value chains and inclusive regional development in South-East Asia. In A. H. J. Helmsing, & S. Vellema (Eds.), Value chains, social inclusion and economic development: contrasting theories and realities (pp. 151-177). (Routledge studies in development economics; No. 88). London: Routledge. [details] 

2010

  • Beerepoot, N. (2010). Globalisation and the reworking of labour market segmentation in the Philippines. In A. C. Bergene, S. B. Endresen, & H. M. Knutsen (Eds.), Missing links in labour geography (pp. 199-210). (The dynamics of economic space). Aldershot: Ashgate. [details] 

2009

  • Beerepoot, N., & Hernández-Agramonte, J. (2009). Post-MFA adjustment in the Philippine garments sector: Women's cooperatives amid manufacturing decline. European Journal of Development Research, 21(3), 362-376. DOI: 10.1057/ejdr.2009.10  [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N., & Hernández-Agramonte, J. (2009). Social movement unionism in the Philippines: organizing displaced workers from the garments industry. In M. Novelli, & A. Ferus-Comelo (Eds.), Globalization, knowledge and labour: education for solidarity within spaces of resistance (pp. 122-139). London: Routledge. [details] 

2008

  • Beerepoot, N. (2008). Diffusion of knowledge and skills through labour markets: Evidence from the furniture cluster in Metro Cebu (the Philippines). Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 20(1), 67-88. DOI: 10.1080/08985620701631522  [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N. (2008). The benefits of learning in clusters: Analyzing upward mobility for skilled workers in the Cebu furniture cluster. Environment and Planning A, 40(10), 2435-2452. DOI: 10.1068/a39301  [details] 

2014

  • Beerepoot, N. (Author). (2014). Creating a global labour market: the opportunities and challenges of outsourcing and reshoring. Amsterdam: The Broker. [details] 

2017

  • Beerepoot, N. P. C., & Oprins, J. (2017). Impact sourcing in de Filipijnen: offshore outsourcing met maatschappelijke impact. Outsource Magazine, (3), 34-38. [3].

2016

  • Beerepoot, N., & Papadongonas, P. (2016). De-industrialisatie in ontwikkelingslanden: het einde van een ontwikkelingsmodel. Geografie, 25(4), 16-18. [details] 

2014

  • Beerepoot, N., & Roodheuvel, I. (2014). Indiërs op de Nederlandse outsourcingmarkt. Geografie, 23(7), 10-11. [details] 
  • Roodheuvel, I., Beerepoot, N., & Jacobs, F. (2014). Integration of Indian service providers in the Dutch outsourcing market. [S.l.]: Platform Outsourcing Nederland. [details] 

2013

  • Beerepoot, N., Keijser, C., & Tesorio, J. (2013). Invisible, scattered, difficult to contact: union challenges and strategies to engage contract workers in developing countries. Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. [details] 

2012

2011

  • Beerepoot, N., & Hendriks, M. (2011). Overspoeld door globalisering: de offshore dienstensector in de Filipijnen. Geografie, 20(8), 20-22. [details] 

2009

  • Beerepoot, N., Boukens, J., Lubbersen, I., & van Meeteren, M. (2009). De geografie van exotisch voedsel in Amsterdams. Geografie, 18(1), 34-35. [details] 

2008

  • Beerepoot, N. (2008). Local outcomes of globalization: manufacturing decline and labor response in the Philippine garment and shoe industries. Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations, 28(1), 26-44. [details] 
  • Beerepoot, N. (2008). [Review of: S.K. Mehrotra, M. Biggeri (2007) Asian informal workers: global risk, local protection]. Development and Change, 39(2), 340-341. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2008.00482_5.x  [details] 

2012

  • Beerepoot, N. (2012). Labour arbitrage in a globally competitive labour market: online job markets as frontrunner of global competition?. Paper presented at RESER annual conference: Services and economic development: local and global challenges, .
  • Beerepoot, N., & Lambregts, B. (2012). Linking value chains in the Financial Services Sector: The case of Mumbai. Paper presented at Association of American Geographers: 2012 Annual Meeting, .

Award

  • Beerepoot, N.P.C. (2009): Research grant from the NWO-ICSSR Social Science Cooperation Programme India-Netherlands for visiting fellowship at Tata Institute of Social Science..

Book editor

  • Beerepoot, N., Lambregts, B., & Kleibert, J. (2017). Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth: Perspectives from the Global North and South. London: Routledge. [details] 
  • Lambregts, B., Beerepoot, N., & Kloosterman, R. C. (2016). The local impact of globalization in South and Southeast Asia: offshore business processes in services industries. (Routledge studies in the modern world economy; No. 149). London/New York: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781315772776  [details] 

Others

  • Lambregts, B.W. (organiser), Marasigan, M.L.C. (organiser) & Beerepoot, N.P.C. (organiser) (7-4-2016): The IT-BPO as catalyst for sustainable and inclusive service-driven growth: illusion or opportunity?, Manila (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Lambregts, B.W. (organiser), Marasigan, M.L.C. (organiser) & Beerepoot, N.P.C. (organiser) (5-4-2016): IT-BPO and service-driven growth: capturing the development gains, Manila (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Kleibert, J.M. (participant) & Beerepoot, N.P.C. (participant) (19-6-2014 - 20-6-2014): Conference at Universiteit van Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Lambregts, B.W. (organiser) & Beerepoot, N.P.C. (organiser) (25-4-2013 - 26-4-2013): Creating and capturing value in the next wave of globalization: experiences in (offshore) services production from India, East Asia and Southeast Asia, Bangkok, Thailand (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

2017

  • Krishnan, S. (2017). Services-driven growth and India’s changing socio-economic fabric: Emergence of a new middle class and the contribution of Mumbai’s IT-eS industry to its formation [details] 
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