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Chad Damro

Chad Damro
Dr Chad Damro
Senior Lecturer of Politics and IR
Room 2.02, 21 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 6698
Research Interests
EU external relations, European Union, International Relations, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Transatlantic Relations, Regulatory Politics

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Mondays, 2-4:00 (during term time)

Co-Director of Europa Institute

Academic Convenor of the FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence


  • BA (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
  • MA (Syracuse University)
  • Phd (University of Pittsburgh)

Biographical Statement

In addition to Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations, Chad is Academic Convenor of the FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. He is also Co-Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Chad has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium (2009-20), and has served as a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  He has also served as a Policy Analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC; a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leuven's Institute for European and International Policy; a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence; a Center Associate at the University of Pittsburgh's EU Center; a Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University and an EU Fulbright Scholar at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Chad was awarded the Sir Bernard Crick prize (New Entrant) for excellence in teaching by the UK's Political Studies Association. His reseach has been funded by the European Union and the Carnegie Trust, including his current role as Work Package leader in the Horizon 2020 project on 'Ensuring Good Global Governance For The European Union' (ENGAGE, 2021-24) as well as research positions in the FP7 MERCURY project on 'Multilateralism and the EU' and the TRANSWORLD project on 'Redefining the Transatlantic Relationship'. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy (2012-20) and currently serves as editor of the Routledge-UACES Contemporary European Studies Book Series.

Research Interests

Chad's research falls within the fields of International Relations and International Political Economy, with particular emphases on international regulatory relations, transatlantic relations and the European Union in international politics. He is particularly interested in exploring both the international and domestic sources of International Relations and the causal interaction of material, institutional and ideational factors. Such issues appear prominently in his conceptualisation and research agenda on Market Power Europe. In other publications, he explores similar issues and questions, with the tools of comparative politics, public policy and foreign policy analysis. His research covers a number of policy areas, including regulation (broadly conceived), competition policy, industrial policy, higher education policy, trade policy and environmental policy. Visit Chad's research profile at

Selected Publications

  • Expanding Actorness to Explain EU External Engagement in Originally Internal Policy Areas,” Journal of European Public Policy (2020) 27, 1: 122-140 (Simon Schunz and Chad Damro).
  • Market Power Europe and the Externalization of Higher Education,” Journal of Common Market Studies (2018) 56, 6: 1394-1410 (co-authored with Yoav Friedman).
  • The European Union's Evolving External Engagement, London: Routledge (2017) (co-edited with Sieglinde Gstohl and Simon Schunz).
  • European Competition Policy and Globalization, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2016)(co-authored with Terrence Guay).
  • Market Power Europe: Exploring A Dynamic Conceptual Framework,” Journal of European Public Policy 22, 9: 1336-1354 (2015).
  • New EU Trade Policies and Market Power Europe,” in Global Governance through Trade: EU Policies and Approaches, Jan Wouters, Axel Marx, Dylan Geraets and Bregt Natens, eds, 19-42 (2015), Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • "Market Power Europe," Journal of European Public Policy, Special Issue on Best Papers of 2011 EUSA Conference, 19, 5: 682-699 (2012).
  • "EU State Aid Policy and the Politics of External Trade Relations," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 13, 1: 159-170 (2013).
  • "Transatlantic Merger Relations: The Pursuit of Cooperation and Convergence," Journal of European Integration 34, 6: 643-661 (2012) (co-authored with Terrence Guay).
  • "Destructive Issue Linkages: The Failure of Multilateral Trade-Competition Negotiations," Anti-trust Bulletin 57, 3: 563-589 (2012).
  • "Regulators, Firms and Information: The Domestic Sources of Convergence in Transatlantic Merger Review," Review of International Political Economy 18, 4: 409-435 (2011).
  • "The EU and Climate Change Policy: Law, Politics and Prominence at Different Levels," Journal of Contemporary European Research 4, 3: 179-192 (2008) (co-authored with Donald MacKenzie and Iain Hardie).
  • "EU Delegation and Agency in International Trade Negotiations: A Cautionary Comparison," Journal of Common Market Studies, 45, 4: 881-901 (2007).
  • Cooperating on Competition in Transatlantic Economic Relations, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2006).
  • "Transatlantic Competition Policy: Domestic and International Sources of EU-US Cooperation," European Journal of International Relations 12, 2: 171-196 (2006).
  • "The New Trade Politics and EU Competition Policy: Shopping for Convergence and Cooperation," Journal of European Public Policy 13, 6: 867-886 (2006).
  • "The EU and International Environmental Politics: The Challenges of Shared Competence," in Intersecting Multilateralisms: The European Union at the United Nations, Katie Verlin Laatikainen and Karen E. Smith, eds., 175-192 (2006), London: Palgrave.
  • "Multilateral Competition Policy and Transatlantic Compromise," European Foreign Affairs Review 9, 2: 269-287 (2004).
  • "Emissions Trading at Kyoto: From EU Resistance to Union Innovation," Environmental Politics 12, 2 (Summer): 71-94 (2003) (co-authored with Pilar Luaces Mendez).
  • "Building an International Identity: The EU and Extraterritorial Competition Policy," Journal of European Public Policy 8, 2: 208-226 (2001).

Current Research and Teaching

At the Honours level, Chad teaches courses on the EU as a global actor and also contributes lectures to various pre-honours courses on Politics and International Relations. At the postgraduate level, he teaches on the institutions and policies of the EU, the EU in international affairs, and globalisation and European integration.

In addition to the Europa Institute, Chad is a member of PIR's research groups on International Political Economy and International Relations.

Topics interested in supervising

Chad is able to offer advanced research supervision on most topics related to European Union external relations, in particular IPE/IR studies of EU regulatory, trade, competition and environmental relations with other state and non-state actors (including international organisations and regions).

If you are interested in being supervised by Chad Damro, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics