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.
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.
‘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)
- Victoria Derbyshire (21 July, 2017) - Emily Jones was part of a panel discussing Brexit negotiations. Segment begins at 1:31:47.
- 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) - 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.