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    I am an international political economist working on a range of inter-connected sustainability issues. I am also the founder and leader of SustainNET – a network community seeking to advance the sustainability agenda ( My main research interests focus on the relationships between trade, energy and climate change, as well as East Asia’s impact on the global economic system. I am the author of 14 books and over 100 academic articles and other papers. My latest book, East Asian Regionalism, 2nd Edition (Routledge 2016) was awarded the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Foundation ‘Special Prize’. Other books include Renewable Energy in East Asia: Towards a New Developmentalism (Routledge 2014), The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development (co-editor, Wageningen Press, 2013), The Asia-Pacific, Regionalism and the Global System (co-editor, Edward Elgar, 2012), China and Africa Development Relations (editor, London: Routledge, 2010); China, Japan and Regional Leadership in East Asia (editor, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008); New Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), Asia-Pacific Economic and Security Co-operation (editor, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); The Foreign Economic Policies of Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2002); Northeast Asian Regionalism: Learning from the European Experience (co-editor, London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002); The European Union and East Asia: An Economic Relationship (London: Routledge, 1999); The European Economy: The Global Context (London: Routledge, 1997); Core Economics (co-editor, London: Heinemann, 1995).

    I have been a consultant advisor to the British, Australian, Chilean, German, Swedish, Japanese, South Korean, Lao PDR and United States governments, as well as the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, ASEAN Secretariat, APEC Secretariat, Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration and Nike Inc. He has been an invited speaker at conferences and other events in Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Oceania. He is currently serving as a Specialist Adviser to the UK’s International Trade Select Committee, advising Members of Parliament on Britain’s trade policy and free trade agreements.


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Research Institutes

    • Institute for Social Responsibility

    Research Groups

    • SustainNET


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