Trade Policy Hub

A Global Trade Consultancy

Worldwide, there are 302 Regional Trade Agreements in force with multiple other negotiations taking place at the same time. Trade has become the key topic for policymakers and businesses, trying to tackle the complexity of different trade arrangements and the uncertainty in the global trade environment.

Trade is an essential component for countries to be able to integrate in the global economy and to build capacity to implement and benefit from Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs). Besides that, governments and companies have an increasing awareness to mainstream sustainability issues into the trade agenda. In this context, there is a growing demand for evidence-based, rigorous research and advice for organisations.

The Trade Policy Hub

To respond to the challenges in the global trade environment, LSE Consulting has developed the Trade Policy Hub which builds on three key resources – constantly evolving evidence-based research, expert knowledge and experience, and network of experts. This allows us to provide customised, rigorous and specialised research on trade and investment policy issues.

Our work allows governments to resolve complex decisions about trade policy trade-offs and companies to understand implications for their business, giving them competitive advantage. We also provide clear analysis of trade agreements, trade negotiations, and other trade policies, which allows companies to make use of new market openings and navigate regulatory regimes.

By applying tailored proprietary toolkits, organisations can better measure complex problems, such as the impact of trade policy, the implementation of trade agreements, and stakeholder engagement in trade policy. Finally, we also engage in a range of training, capacity-building and stakeholder consultation activities.


Our Trade Policy Hub has been awarded a place in the highly competitive ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation programme and received a £35k fund to carry out market validation of our research-based business idea. 

ICURe is a 13-week national programme funded by Innovate UK to offer university researchers with commercially promising ideas up to £50k to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace. ICURe funds teams to assess whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research and then, where there is evidence of market demand, licence or spinout the research into a company.

For the Trade Policy Hub, the programme will be a journey to better understand what kind of expertise should be provided to prepare organisations to respond to the multiple challenges in the global trade environment.

The Trade Policy Hub ICURe team

Elitsa Garnizova

Dr Elitsa Garnizova
Principal Investigator

Elitsa has set up the Trade Policy Hub at LSE Consulting and now works as Principal Investigator (follow her on Twitter).

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama

Mr Hosuk Lee-Makiyama
Business Adviser

Hosuk is involved in advising the team about potential markets, clients and collaborators (follow him on Twitter).

Emily Seward

Dr Emily Seward
Technology Transfer Officer, Oxentia

Emily helps the team to link the value proposition to market development and financial planning.

Jeannine McMahon

Ms Jeannine McMahon
Director of LSE Consulting

Jeannine and the wider LSE Consulting team have supported the Hub throughout its development.

What do we do with the funding?

The funding will allow the team to:

Consolidate LSE Consulting’s experience... the field of trade and investment, which has been growing quickly over the past three years, under Elitsa’s management.

Create more interlinkages across the LSE...

...linking academics, working on trade and investment policy and regulatory and sustainability issues, which are an essential element of today’s trade landscape.

Develop a range of methodological tools and services...

...based on the work of TPH over time, based on more than 25 past projects.

Engage in customer development... expanding the range of partners and clients that the TPH works with.

Follow us online!

The TPH team will post regular updates about our activities on:

>   LinkedIn
>   Twitter

Get in touch!

Feel free to reach out to Elitsa to understand more about the work that the TPH is planning and how you can get involved.

If you have a research idea, which can have a commercial dimension and you would like to discuss with member of our team, reach out to Jeannine

More about ICURe

Click here to find out more about the ICURE Innovation to Commercialisation programme.