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About

TPH and the global trade environment

Understanding trade in a complex and uncertain global trade environment is a key priority for policymakers and businesses. Trade policy impacts the ability of countries to integrate into the global economy and their capacity to implement and benefit from regional trade agreements. Trade policy is also critical in achieving progress towards the UN SDGs and businesses are increasingly aware of the need to mainstream sustainability issues into the trade agenda. In this context, there is a growing demand for evidence-based, rigorous research and advice for organisations. 

Trade is an essential component for countries to be able to integrate in the global economy

The Trade Policy Hub at LSE Consulting has been set up and developed by Dr Elitsa Garnizova to offer insights which enable governments to resolve complex decisions about trade policy trade-offs and companies to navigate regulatory regimes, make use of new market openings, and gain competitive advantage.

Our specialisms include the technical aspects, legal requirements, and business benefits of trade agreements. To address current challenges, we focus on newly emerging areas including:

-   digital trade
-   data rules
-   sustainability

Additionally, we explore topics at the intersection of trade policy and other areas which have become more relevant for understanding the trade-offs companies and governments face in decision-making.

These include, for example:

-   global governance
-   finance
-   geopolitics
-   security

We also offer insights into the wider implications of trade and investment policies. For example, we focus on:

  • Preferential trade agreements (PTAs): increases in the use of PTAs and compatibility with existing multilateral agreements from legal and policy-implementation perspectives
  • The future of key institutions (e.g., World Trade Organization)
  • Divergence and convergence in trade policy: domestic regulatory policy and international liberalisation

Our five key strengths

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Innovative approaches

Our mixed-method, interdisciplinary approaches offer a 360° view of pertinent trade issues. By combining different research methods together with different forms of stakeholder engagement, we gain insights from multiple perspectives, allowing us to triangulate our findings and provide you with deeper insights.

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Real-world expertise meets academic rigour

Experts in our network combine world-class academic research skills with real-world experience, linking academic rigour to reality to help organisations effectively navigate complex trade environments.

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Solving real challenges

We pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality consulting service, working with you from day one to ensure our work aligns with the best approach to achieving your desired outcomes. 

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Seamless client experience

TPH offers a dedicated, thorough, and responsive management team that takes pride in ensuring a smooth consultancy process that brings you closer to your goals.

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Elevation through communication

We elevate our research to target audiences through tailored communication with stakeholders from government (including the Department for International Trade) to the wider public via our events.