Kristen Hopewell

University of Edinburgh
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy


Kristen Hopewell is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. Her research and teaching interests are in international trade, global governance, industrial policy and development, with a focus on emerging powers.

Her award-winning book, ​Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project (Stanford University Press, 2016), analyzes the rising power of Brazil, India and China at the World Trade Organization and their impact on the trading system. She currently holds an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant to investigate the changing global dynamics of export credit amid contemporary power shifts. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, the UK Global Research Challenges Fund, the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 

Dr. Hopewell’s policy writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Current History and Global Policy, and her analysis has featured in Foreign Policy, The Chicago Tribune, China Daily, The Indian Express and on the BBC.

Prior to entering academia, she worked as a trade official for the Canadian government and as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley.


Posts by this author

Can high-tech solutions fix border issues?

In her third blog on international trade issues and Brexit, Dr Kristen Hopewell looks at the high-tech US-Canada border amid claims that it offers a template to ensure a "frictionless" border in Ireland.

Trade negotiations post-Brexit; what the UK can expect

In the second of her blogs focusing on international trade issues, Dr Kristen Hopewell looks at some of the difficulties that the UK might face as it seeks to negotiate new bilateral agreements
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Involving devolved administrations in international trade negotiations

In the first of a series of articles for this blog, Dr. Kristen Hopewell, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh examines how Canada involves its provincial administrations in international trade negotiations and whether there are lessons for the UK post-Brexit.
Brexit Reflections

Brexit Reflections - Access to world trade

Kristen Hopewell and Matias E. Margulis discuss how post Brexit vote the UK will negotiate terms of trading with the rest of the world.