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.
LSE’s Trade Policy Hub is a specialised team within LSE Consulting, established to respond to the challenges in the global trade environment, which builds on three key resources – constantly evolving evidence-based research, expert knowledge and experience, and our 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 goal is to...
...establish TPH as a global trade consultancy, providing evidence-based expertise across a wide spectrum of organisation.
...develop tailored toolkits and methodologies to tackle complex trade and investment policy issues, including on the impact of trade agreements on different sustainability aspects, understanding the implementation of regulatory aspects of trade agreements, and strengthening stakeholder engagement.
...build an incubator where rigorous and practical trade policy ideas can thrive.
...expand our network of academic and policy professionals to draw on the latest knowledge in the field.
TPH and SUCCESS
TPH has been awarded a place on the highly competitive SUCCESS programme, which is a first-of-its-kind incubator programme designed to help social scientists with innovative and marketable research ideas. Funded by the Aspect network, SUCCESS provides training, support and funding to transform ideas into a business or social enterprise. The programme's cohort are benefitting from support to build their idea, including a bootcamp focused on imparting entrepreneurial skills, and the opportunity to pitch to investors for prize money of up to £50,000.
TPH and ICURe
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.
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.
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Feel free to reach out to TPH lead Elitsa Garnizova to understand more about the work we do and how to get involved.
If you have a research idea with a (potential) commercial dimension and you would like to discuss the options, please reach out to Jeannine McMahon (Director of Consulting).