Emeritus Professor of International Business, University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Co-director BRIC Seminar, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme & EHESS, Paris.

Who is Xavier Richet († 16 Jan 2022)

Xavier Richet passed away on Sunday 16th January 


  • Professor Emeritus of Economics, University Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris.
  • Jean Monnet Chair in European Economy.
  • Visiting Professor, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, University of Belgrade, University of Rijeka, Distinguished Researcher Fellow , Jiao Tong Shanghai University.
  • Co-founder, co-director of the BRICs Seminar, Ecole des Hautes d’études en sciences sociales (EHESS) & Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris.
  • Director, BALKINT project, a EU funded research programme on integration of Western Balkan Countries into the EU (2013-2016).


  • Ph.D. in Economics, September 1980 (Summa cum laude), University Paris X Nanterre, France.

Professionnal Experience

  • September 1990-september 20014 : Full Professor of economics, Universities Rennes 2 (1990-1995), Marne la Vallée (1995-2002), Sorbonne nouvelle (2002-2013), Paris.
  • September 2009-August 2011 : Visiting Professor, HK Baptist University, Senior Researcher, CEFC, Hong Kong.


  • Research scholarship, MIT (1988), Cambridge, Mass., UQAM (1993), Montreal.
  • Co-founder, Researcher, Director : ROSES (Reform and Opening of (post) Socialist Economic Systems, University Paris 1 & Centre National de la Recherche scientifique, Paris, 1990-1997.
  • Lead Economist, International programme on Restructiring firms in Eastern Europe, World Bank, London Business School, ROSES.
  • Co-director, Research project on Chinese industrial groups, China Europe Higher Education Programme, 1997-2001.
  • Researcher : EU-China-India project on Enterprise behaviour (directed by JF Huchet & J. Ruet) (2004-2006), Centre franco-chinois de sociologie de recherche sur les organisations, University Sun Yatsen , Canton (1998- ).


  • China, EU China Trade Project (2014), Beijing, Shanghai, Pearl River Project, Canton.
  • Russia, Institute of the Transition, RECEP (Moscow), Kalimost (Kaliningrad), EU TACIS programmes.
  • Vietnam, French Ministry of Industry, Central and Eastern Europe, Balkan countries (French Ministry of Foreign Affaires, Eastern- Europe (EU PHARE Programme, World Bank).

Selected Publications

  • The Hungarian Model, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989.

  • Economie de l' entreprise, (Business economics) Hachette, 1996, 2001, 2006. Translated into Albanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese.

  • Foreign Direct Investment in Central Eastern Europe : Case Studies of Firms in Transition (Microeconomics of Transition Economies) (with Saul Estrin, et Josef C. Brada), 2000:, N.Y, M.E.Sharp.

  • Gouvernance, coopération et stratégie des firmes chinoises, (co-edited with Jean-François Huchet), L’Harmattan, Paris, 2005.

  • Globalisation of firms in China, India and Russia, Huchet Jean-François, Joël Ruet & Xavier Richet (eds.), New Delhi, Academic Foundation, 2007, 363 pp.

  • China and the Global Crisis. A Comparison with the Europe, (with JP Cabestan et JF Di Miglio), Routledge, 2012.

  • Foreign Direct Investments and Social Regulation, (edited with V. Delteil et Patrick Dieuaide), Springer (2014).

  • Revue Autrepart, n° 66, Special issue : L’industrie au sud (2014).

  • Chine, Inde : L’industrie au cœur de l’émergence (co-edited with JF Huchet & J. Ruet), Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015 (forthcoming).


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