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: 2024 (TBC)

Summary of 2023 Forum

2023 Programme

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: Thursday 20th & Friday 21st April 2023

Venue: University of Sussex, Falmer Campus, Brighton


CITP Webinar Series

Our series of online webinars provides insights from leading thinkers in trade and trade policy on topical issues. These webinars aim to test ideas and provide clear explanations, analysis and critique of key trade and trade policy results and challenges for policymakers, industry, civil society, researchers and practitioners. Each webinar incorporates time for questions and answers between attendees and the speaker.

These webinars are ad hoc. Recordings will be made available after the webinar has taken place.


Upcoming Webinars

Thursday 16 March, 1-2pm, GMT

Trade Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals

Speaker: Simon Evenett

This webinar will involve a presentation on the 30th Global Trade Alert Report titled Must Do Better: Trade & Industrial Policy and the SDGs authored by Simon J. Evenett and Johannes Fritz. Many governments reckon their trade policies promote environmental improvements, the clean energy transition, improved conditions for workers, and other aspects of sustainable development. Yet many critics and promoters of trade reform pour cold water on the notion that commercial policy should target the Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs).

To take this discussion forward, this Global Trade Alert Report offers a factual assessment of what commercial policy has contributed to the SDGs since the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable development came into effect in 2016 and how much more it could contribute from here on. Also, the Report tackles head-on the apparent tension between openness and advancing SDGs and puts forward suggestions to resolve it.

Read the report

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