Asha is a doctoral student in the Department of International Relations, supervised by Dr Stephen Woolcock. Her PhD project looks at the dynamics of civil society and counter-hegemonic ideas in EU-MERCOSUR and Canada-MERCOSUR trade negations. Asha is particularly interested in the ways that personal and group understandings of economic and social inequality impact trade negotiations and their outcomes.
Asha holds a BA in Philosophy, BSc (Hons) in Genetics and Immunology, and a Master in Human Rights Law from the University of Melbourne, as well as an MSc in infectious disease control from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before joining the LSE, she worked as a researcher and policy analyst at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, ActionAid Australia and the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
Trade negotiations and the disruption of hegemony: ideational transformation through alternative policy processes?