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Centre of Development Studies



Mateus L. Labrunie is a third year PhD candidate in the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, where he is the recipient of a Cambridge Trust International Scholarship, working under the supervision of Dr Ha-Joon Chang. 

The focus of my investigation is on the challenges and opportunities of the so-called 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' for developing countries. My research has a historical part, in which I investigate how countries in the past managed to use large-scale technological transformations as opportunities for development. Secondly, it has an exploratory part, in which I am carrying out a fieldwork investigation on the development and implementation of 4.0 technologies in Brazil, with a focus on Brazilian 4.0 machinery producers.

The main hypothesis I am currently working with is that both in the past and today, successful technological catching-up depends on well-managed 'technological  learning systems' which consists on the dimensions of technology, organization of production, and policies and institutions.

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Teaching Assistant for Paper 1 Development Economics

Teaching Assistant Paper 1 Development Economics
 Mateus  Labrunie

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