Associate Professor Emily Jones, Director

Emily Jones directs the Global Economic Governance Programme which fosters research and debate on how to make the global economy inclusive and sustainable. She is also a Fellow of University College and Associate Professor at the Blavatnik School of Government. Emily’s research examines the political economy of global trade and finance, focusing on the ways in which governments can exert influence in asymmetric negotiations. Emily teaches courses on international political economy and negotiation strategy and skills for public policy, specialising in international trade. She recently ran executive short courses for the UK and Indonesian governments.

Emily 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. She previously worked in Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry, for Oxfam GB, and for the UK Department for International Development.

Research Projects

Developing countries navigating global banking

Emily is leading a research project examining the ways in which developing countries are responding to global banking standards, and the politics behind their decisions. The project brings together fifteen researchers from different disciplines and countries. The research reveals how global finance and the regulatory decisions made in the world’s largest financial centres affect policy and regulations in countries at the periphery of the global economy. The project is funded by an ESRC/DFID grant. See the project website for more details.

Small states exerting influence in international trade negotiations

Emily’s previous research examined the ways in which smaller countries can exert influence in international trade negotiations. 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).

Implications of Brexit for developing countries

In May 2017 Emily co-convened a workshop with Oxfam GB, Traidcraft, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Overseas Development Institute to analyse the implications of Brexit for trade with developing countries (report here). This work was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award. This work fed into submissions on the UK Trade White Paper. Emily is a member of two expert advisory groups on trade and development, and trade and sustainability for the UK Department for International Trade.

Recent Publications

‘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

The WTO's Reform Crisis’ Project Syndicate Op-Ed, 23rd October 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)

On Brexit


Emily Jones presents research at the Bank for International Settlements, Switzerland
Emily Jones presents research at the Community of African Banking Supervisors, Egypt
GEG Director Emily Jones awarded teaching excellence award
GEG policy brief featured at T20 discussions
Workshop on the politics of economic policymaking in African countries
Emily Jones on BBC Radio 4 and news
GEG WP 2019/141 Financial convergence in the financial periphery: How interdependence shapes regulators’ decisions
Associate Professor Emily Jones, Director
Alexandra Zeitz, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow
Working papers
The Brexit Negotiations: Hampered by the UK’s Weak Strategy
Associate Professor Emily Jones, Director
Working papers
Global Financial Regulation: Shortcomings and Reform Options
Associate Professor Emily Jones, Director
Dr Peter Knaack, Senior Research Associate
Journal articles
The Brexit Impossibility Triangle
Associate Professor Emily Jones, Director
Fit for purpose? Reworking the 21st century global economy
Big banks and corruption in global finance