Dr Emily Jones is Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, an Associate Professor at the Blavatnik School of Government, and a Fellow of University College. She is also the academic coordinator of the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme, which provides exceptional early career researchers with a unique opportunity to work on global governance and the role of developing and emerging countries in the world political economy.
Her research examines government practices in asymmetric negotiations in the global economy. She investigates the ways in which small developing countries exert influence even in highly asymmetric negotiations. She holds a DPhil in International Political Economy from the University of Oxford, and an MSc (distinction) in Development Economics from the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, and a first class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Dr Jones previously worked in Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry, for Oxfam GB, and for the UK Department for International Development. She is a regular contributor to the World Trade Organization’s advanced policy training course, and has acted as a consultant for a range of international organizations including for the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Overseas Development Institute, the German Marshall Fund, and Oxfam International.
Low-income countries and global financial regulation
Emily Jones is currently Project Investigator, working with Professor Ngaire Woods and Professor Thorsten Beck and a team of researchers, on a 3-year research project funded by the ESRC and DFID that examines the political economy of global financial standards in low-income countries. The project uses a variety of methods, including country case studies in ten countries in Africa and SE Asia, to establish and explain the responses of low-income countries to new global banking standards.
Small States in global trade negotiations
Since 2008 Emily Jones has led an applied programme of research on small states in international trade negotiations, with funding from the Commonwealth Secretariat. Outputs include: Negotiating Against the Odds: A guide for trade negotiators from developing countries (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and E. Jones, C. Deere Birkbeck & N. Woods Manoeuvring at the Margins: Constraints Faced By Small States in International Trade Negotiations, (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2010).
‘When Do Weak States Win? A History of African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Manoeuvring in Trade Negotiations with Europe’ Global Economic Governance Programme Working Paper 95, December 2014
Global Banking Standards and Low Income Countries: Helping or Hindering Effective Regulation? Global Economic Governance Programme Working Paper 91, September 2014
‘Negotiating Against the Odds: A Guide for Trade Negotiators from Developing Countries’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
- Making UK Trade Work for Development Post-Brexit (5 May, 2017) - Brexit has significant implications for UK trade with developing countries. GEG co-convened a workshop with the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxfam GB, Traidcraft, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Overseas Development Institute to tackle trade issues. You can find out more about the workshop, and read the report produced. This work was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award.
- We can't afford a bitter Euro-divorce (18 January, 2017, CapX) - Emily Jones says we must avoid petty point-scoring as we break from Europe
- Brexit: Legal Challenges and Opportunities (9 November, BSG) - Emily Jones and Jeremias Prassl Focusing on protecting trade agreements with developing countries post Brexit and the expected disappearance of European Jurisprudence from UK law.
- Brexit: Opportunity or peril for trade with small and poor developing economies? (26 July, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development) - Dr Emily Jones on Brexit and developing country trade relations.
- Building the Brexit Team (16 July, The Economist) - Dr Emily Jones is quoted in the article about Britain's need of a good negotiating team.
- What would make Brexit negotiations better? Here are 8 simple suggestions (15 July, New Statesman) - Dr Emily Jones lays out eight points to help negotiate a new trade deal with the EU
- Brexit shows globalisation needs a rethink (4 July, Reaction) - Dr Emily Jones assesses the new world order on trade.
- Brexit negotiations: Four ways to get a good deal (29 June, BBC News Online) - Professor Ngaire Woods and GEG Director Dr Emily Jones write a piece highlighting four points to consider in successfully negotiating new trade agreements.