François Gipouloux (Emeritus Research Director, National Centre for Scientific Research, [CNRS] France), is a specialist in Chinese economics with a professional experience in China, Hong Kong and Japan of almost 20 years. He teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences), Centre Chine, Corée, Japon. A graduate of the University of Paris (Paris 7), the Beijing Language Institute (1975) and the University of Beijing (1977), he received his Doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in 1981 and its Habilitation à diriger des recherches in 1997.
Analyst at the Centre for Evaluation and Prospective at the Ministry of Research and Industry (1982-1983), Deputy Trade Commissioner to the French Embassy in China (1983-1986), Permanent Consultant to Centre for Analysis and Forecasting at the French Foreign Office (1987-1990), resident of the Maison Franco-Japonaise in Tokyo (1990-1994) and Scientific Director of the Centre for French Studies of Contemporary China in Hong Kong (1997-2001), he was director of the Laboratoire International Associé CNRS-Université de Tokyo (CNRS-Tokyo University Associated International Laboratory: Comparative Approaches in Social Studies and Humanities), (2005-2012) and director of the China Korea Japan Research Centre at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (2012-2015).
His research covers the dynamics of urbanisation in China, and the comparative analysis of economic institutions and business practices in Europe and Asia, 13th-19th centuries. François Gipouloux has coordinated the research programme “International Trading Hubs in East and Southeast Asia”(2006-2009), which was financed by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (National Research Agency). Visiting scholar at Tsinghua University Beijing (2007-2009), and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2009-2011), he was the co-ordinator of the research programme (2011-2014):“Sustainable Urbanisation in China: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Mega-trends towards 2050”, funded by the European Commission (7th Framework Programme), He also directs the International Research Programme : « The Globalisation’s Origins and the Great Divergence : Trading Networks and the Trajectory of Economic Institutions—— Europe-Asia, 1500-2000 », financed by CNRS and prestigious European and Asian universities.
Author of numerous articles on the Chinese economy and regional integration in Asia, his recent publications include : The Asian Mediterranean: Port Cities and Trading Networks in China, Japan and Southeast Asia, Edward Elgar, 2011 also translated in Chinese and in Korean). He also edited China’s Urban Century, Governance, Environment and Socio-Economic Imperatives, (Edward Elgar, 2015), and Gateways to Globalisation: Asia’s International Trading and Finance Hubs, (Edward Elgar, 2011).