Annual Events

UK Trade Policy Forum

The UK Trade Policy Forum is an annual one-day event that brings together all of the UK’s trade policy community to discuss all things trade and trade policy. It provides a unique place to explore the determinants, trade-offs and direction of various policy positions, and different stakeholders’ policy concerns, and to learn about the latest academic thinking on key issues.

Date: 2nd February 2024

2024 Forum Details

Summary of 2023 Forum

Academic Conference

Our annual Academic Conference provides a platform for all trade policy researchers - from a variety of different disciplines and areas of interest - to come together to present, discuss and learn about the latest thinking on trade and trade policy. It will be held in various locations across the UK.

Date: 18th - 19th April 2024

2024 Conference Details and Registration

IP Rights, Technology, and International Trade Research Workshop

- Call for Papers -

Workshop Date: 25th June 2024
Submission Deadline: 29th of February 2024
Location: University of Sussex, Brighton

Keynote Speaker:
Thomas Sampson, London School of Economics

This Workshop will bring together economists working at the intersection of innovation, technology, international trade, and related areas. We seek to create a welcoming environment where scholars can receive valuable feedback and build a community around their research interests.

The inaugural edition is hosted by the University of Sussex, the workshop will be one day long, and presentations (30 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A (10 minutes). Submissions from researchers at an early stage in their careers are particularly encouraged.

Funding: The workshop is supported by the host universities, the University of Sussex and the University of Nottingham, the affiliated centres with the organizers, the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP) and the Nottingham Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) and a grant from the British Academy. The conference funding allows us to cover the costs of accommodation for speakers, but all speakers will be expected to cover the costs of travel to and from the conference. If this is not possible please let us know. Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and dinner will be offered to all participants.

Submissions: Authors are invited to send a draft of their paper to the organisers by the 29th of February.

Organisers: Richard Kneller (University of Nottingham): and Ioannis Papadakis (University of Sussex):

CITP Webinar Series

Our series of online webinars provides insights from leading thinkers in trade and trade policy on topical issues.

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday 28 February 2024 - The Salience of Industrial Policy: Evidence from a Growing New Database

Speaker: Fernando Martín, Associate Director at Global Trade Alert

Chair: L. Alan Winters, Co-Director of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP) and Professor of Economics at University of Sussex

This webinar discusses the new tracking initiative by Global Trade Alert: The New Industrial Policy Observatory, as well as the main findings of this database regarding industrial and trade policy. The New Industrial Policy Observatory (NIPO) provides insights on the landscape of contemporary industrial policy. With greater focus on digital and energy transitions, as well as the intensification of geopolitical rivalry, policymakers advocate selective policy intervention more often. Whether that has translated into state action and, if so, in what form has not been established empirically. NIPO is dedicated initiative to track these industrial policy strategies/plans, policies, and awards looking at which governments are using industrial policy and the rationale for its use, what policy tools are governments using, which sectors are being targeted and how much money is being deployed.

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TBC - How can inclusive trade include people with disabilities?

Speaker: Marzia Fontana, Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Chair: Michael Gasiorek, Co-Director of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP) and Professor of Economics at University of Sussex

This webinar presents a report commissioned by Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, authored by Marzia Fontana and Sophie Mitra, on how trade policies and programmes could best promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries. To date, debates on inclusive trade have paid limited attention to the many barriers that people with disabilities face in participating in economic life. Marzia will discuss her work to address this lack of visibility by building a framework for understanding the multiple channels through which greater trade integration can affect people with disabilities. She will also offer suggestions on how development assistance can be designed to promote disability inclusion in the context of trade expansion.

Read the report here.