Dr Silke Trommer

Lecturer in Politics

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I joined the Politics Department at the University of Manchester in 2016. Previously, I held a lectureship in World Politics and Sustainable Development at the University of Helsinki (Finland) from 2014 to 2016 and a post-doc at the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University (Australia) in 2012/13. My research and teaching activities focus on the politics of global trade, global governance, development, and on social movements in the international political economy.

Together with Dr Adrienne Roberts, Politics, University of Manchester, and Dr Erin Hannah, King's University College at Western University, I hold a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development grant titled "She Trades: Gendering Global Trade Governance". The purpose of the research is to explore how and why the idea of adressing the gender-differential impact of trade is currently becoming a global policy norm. We have also recently completed a joint Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and SSHRC knowledge synthesis project titled "Gendering Global Trade through Canada-UK Trade Relationships". We have advised trade policy-makers in the UK and Canada on how to mitigate the gender-differential impacts of international trade patterns and policies in the post-Brexit context.

My monograph Transformations in Trade Politics: Participatory Trade Politics in West Africa (Routledge 2014) examines the role of West African civil society organisations in negotiating the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Economic Community of West African States and the European Union. It is based on my PhD dissertation that I completed at the University of Helsinki in 2012. It won three international awards: Best Dissertation 2013 of the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association, Best International Relations Doctoral Dissertation Produced at a Finnish University 2012-2014 of the Finnish Foundation for Foreign Policy Research, and the 2015 Dissertation Prize in Supranational Political Economy of the University of Pavia.

My co-edited volume (with Erin Hannah and James Scott) Expert Knowledge in Global Trade (Routledge 2016) investigates the role of experts in generating, disseminating and legitimating knowledge about the possibilities of trade to work for global development.

I am a member of the editorial boards of Globalizations and of Contemporary Politics and of the international advisory board of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy series of Palgrave Macmillan. I am a member of the experts network of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva and a research fellow with the African Centre for Trade Integration and Development in Dakar.

I have provided expert testimony to trade policy-makers in the UK, Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa. I have advised civil society organisations working on trade issues in the UK, Australia, Germany and Finland. I have appeared on BBC World Service Radio's 2018 documentary "The Great Unravelling" in episode 4 (Trump and Trade) and episode 5 (Trade and China).

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