Dr Alessandro Guasti

Dr Alessandro Guasti

PhD alumni

Department of International Relations

Key Expertise
Political Economy, Institutions, CSR, Labour rights, Environment, Trade

About me

Alessandro was a PhD student in the Department of International Relations, supervised by Professor Mathias Koenig Archibugi. His research interest focuses on how multilateralism interacts with economic globalization to shape social and environmental outcomes. Currently, he is working on a project examines the effects of trade agreements effects on labour conditions in developing countries. He is an eclectic researcher that combines strong quantitative skills with a solid background in law.


Alessandro holds a master’s degree in law (110/110 cum laudem) from the University of Milan (2014) and an MSc in Global Politics (with distinction) from the LSE (2015). He worked as a consultant or research assistant for numerous social and environmental projects. Among others he collaborated for the Government of Fiji in drafting the Vulnerability and Adaptation chapter for the Third National Communication to the UNFCCC; with NEFIN in Kathmandu on the implementation of REDD+ and with the University of Wageningen on an EU funded project on voluntary claims regarding fisheries and aquaculture. Recently he joined, as a project associate, the Realising Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade (RESPECT), a project funded under the Horizon 2020 initiative.

Research topic

The systemic effects of Trade Agreements: diffusion or displacement?

The research examines whether trade agreements with labour clauses (LABPTA) of the United States and the European Union improve working standards in developing countries. The existing research has investigated whether LABPTAs have an impact on the labour conditions in countries that are Party to the agreement. The PhD builds on this literature and examines the spatial consequences of these agreements. It takes a novel approach and investigating whether trade agreements affect labour conditions in the competitors’ countries, testing whether LABPTA can engender a race to the bottom, a race to the top or a displacement effect.  To test the main hypothesis the project engages with a mixed-method strategy. The first part makes a panel data analysis of 105 developing countries for over 37 years testing the hypothesis with multiple Panel data estimation techniques; the second part engages in model testing with an in-depth analysis of two case study. 

Other research interests include environmental policies, in particular deforestation and forest degradation, and marine conservation measure.

Teaching experience

2017/2018 IR203 International Organizations
2018/2019 IR203 International Organizations

Academic supervisor

Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi


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Expertise Details

International Political Economy; International Organizations; Private regulations; Labour rights; Trade; Environment; Climate change; VAR; Quantitative; Panel Study