Deputy Director

Emily Lydgate

Professor of Environmental Law

University of Sussex

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Areas of interest

  • International trade law
  • Environment
  • World Trade Organization
  • Climate change
  • Agriculture


Emily Lydgate is Deputy Director of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP), a specialist in international trade law and Deputy Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory. Her research focuses on the intersection of environmental regulation and economic integration, and the interrelation between trade, agricultural and climate policies in the EU and UK. She is a Specialist Advisor to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (UK House of Commons) and has provided expert testimony for a number of UK Parliamentary Committees on the implications of the UK’s exit from the EU. Emily is also an instructor for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's Advanced Diplomatic Academy. She holds a PhD from King's College London and an MSc from Oxford University. She was a Marie Curie Researcher at Bocconi University and has consulted at the United Nations Environment Programme's Economics and Trade Branch, where she acted as a World Trade Organization liaison. She is currently working on an EU Horizon 2020 grant project on how EU Free Trade Agreements and wider trade policy reflect the goal of securing sustainable agricultural practices and leading on a report for the UK Committee on Climate Change on trade policy and emissions reduction.

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