Jean-Baptiste Velut is an Associate Professor in American Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris. His research focuses on state-market relations, trade policy and globalization debates in the United States. His recent publications include The Crisis and Renewal of American Capitalism, co-edited with L. Cossu-Beaumont & J.H. Coste (Routledge, 2016) and the forthcoming Understanding Mega Free Trade Agreements: The Political and Economic Governance of New Cross-Regionalism (Routledge, 2018). He is is also an external consultant on trade agreements for the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade.
Elitsa Garnizova is a PhD candidate in the LSE Department of International Relations. Her research focuses on the interaction between EU Member States, European Union trade policy and the international trading system vis-à-vis non-tariff measures and regulatory issues. Elitsa is a teaching assistant at the International Relations and Government Departments, teaching International Political Economy and Government, Politics, and Public Policy of the European Union. She is also a Project Manager and Researcher for the Consulting team at LSE Enterprise, the consultancy arm of the LSE, where she has worked since 2013.
Elitsa is co-author of several reports, including a study for the European Commission on the trade sustainability impact assessment in support of the comprehensive trade and investment agreement between the EU and Japan; studies for the European Parliament on the implications of international economic and financial governance agenda for EU trade and investment policy and on the impact of the economic crisis on social, economic and territorial cohesion of the European Union Regional Development. Elitsa holds an MA in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives from KU Leuven, Belgium and a BSc in International Economic and Management from Bocconi University, Italy.
Prof. Dr. Jan Orbie is the Director of the Centre for EU Studies (CEUS) and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Ghent University in Belgium. His research focuses on the European Union’s global role, with particular focus on the EU’s exernal trade, social, development, humanitarian aid and democracy promotion policies. He has recently published a number of papers on civil society involvement in EU trade policies. He (co)lectures several courses in the Master for EU Studies at Ghent University, including Theories of European Integration, European External Policies, and EU Trade Politics. For more information, see ceus.ugent.be/researchers/jan-orbie.
Gabriel Siles-Brügge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. His current research interests include the politics of trade and investment agreements (including the role of civil society mobilisation and framing) and the political economy of Brexit. He is the author of Constructing European Union Trade Policy: A Global Idea of Europe (2014, Palgrave) and the co-author (with Ferdi De Ville) of TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (2016, Polity Press). He regularly advises NGOs and trade unions on trade and investment and is a Scientific Advisor on such matters to the European Public Health Alliance.
Alvaro Artigas is a research associate at the CEE (Sciences-Po Paris). He completed a PhD in Comparative Politics and Political Economy, and an M.A. in Comparative Studies at Sciences-Po. He was a research fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung in Berlin and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo and has carried joint research with the Universiti Malaya, the BRICS Policy Center of Rio de Janeiro, the PUC of Lima and El Ateneo of Manila.
He has participated into several research programs: with the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris on the large infrastructural modernization in the Pacific Rim (Chile, Peru, Malaysia) and with the USPC-NUS consortium on Green Growth in South East Asian metropolis with a focus on MetroManila and Iskandar. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals at the U. Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and is a member of the strategic committee of the Chair Villes et numérique at Sciences Po. His research addresses the complexity of major infrastructural and developmental programs and their specific sectoral and territorial outcomes in large urban entities. Raising the issue of international competitivity, the integration to the global economy, and sustainable growth strategies it seeks to understand the integrated development of infrastructure and utility networks in the Global South.