- Dr Kristen Hopewell
- Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
- 4th Floor, Room 4.03 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LN
- +44 (0)131 650 4245
- Research Interests
- International Relations, Global political economy, global governance, Development, emerging powers, BRICs, Brazil, India, China, US hegemony, industrial policy, developmental state
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- By appointment (on research leave under ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant until 2018).
Kristen Hopewell is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany, and completed her PhD at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Hopewell’s research and teaching interests are in international trade, global governance, industrial policy and development, with a focus on emerging powers.
Her award-winning book, Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project (Stanford University Press, 2016) analyzes the rising power of Brazil, India and China at the World Trade Organization and their impact on the trading system. This research was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
She currently holds an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant to investigate the changing global dynamics of export credit in the context of contemporary power shifts. State-backed export credit (the use of loans and other forms of financing to boost exports) is an important and increasingly contentious area of economic policy and international negotiations. The project analyzes three areas: global governance, policy competition, and domestic policymaking.
Dr. Hopewell has been a visiting fellow at Peking University in Beijing, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a trade official for the Canadian government and as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2016. Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project. Stanford University Press.
- Winner, Distinguished Book Award, Political Economy of the World System, American Sociological Association, 2017
- Best Scholarly Book Award, Honorable Mention, Global and Transnational Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2017
Hopewell, Kristen. Forthcoming. “BRICS – Merely a Fable? Emerging Power Alliances in Global Trade Governance.” International Affairs.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2017. "Recalcitrant Spoiler? Contesting Dominant Accounts of India's Role in Global Trade Governance." Third World Quarterly, OnlineFirst.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2017. "When Market Fundamentalism and Industrial Policy Collide: The Tea Party and the US Export-Import Bank.” Review of International Political Economy 24(4): 569-598.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2017. “Invisible Barricades: Civil Society and the Discourse of the WTO.” Globalizations 14(1): 51-65.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2016. “The Accidental Agro-Power: Constructing Comparative Advantage in Brazil.” New Political Economy 21(6): 536-554.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2015. “Multilateral Trade Governance as Social Field: Global Civil Society and the WTO.” Review of International Political Economy 22(6): 1128-58.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2015. “Different Paths to Power: The Rise of Brazil, India and China at the WTO.” Review of International Political Economy 22(2): 311-338.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2014. “The Transformation of State-Business Relations in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Brazilian Agribusiness.” Critical Perspectives on International Business 10(4): 291-309. (Special issue on Brazilian corporations and the state.)
- Winner, Outstanding Paper Award, Critical Perspectives on International Business, 2015.
Hopewell, Kristen. 2013. “New Protagonists in Global Economic Governance: Brazilian Agribusiness at the WTO.” New Political Economy 18(4): 602-23.
- Winner, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Global Division Paper Award, 2012
- Winner, New Political Economy, Prize Paper, 2011/12
- Winner, WTO Chairs Paper Award, 2nd Prize, 2011
"Why the US Needs the ExIm Bank," Foreign Affairs, August 2017.
“Reshaping World Trade: The Export Finance of the Emerging Economies,” Emerging Global Governance Series, Global Policy, December 2016.
“Rising Powers and the Collapse of the Doha Round,” United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), October 2016.
“Why UK Could Be Doomed to Years Without Proper Access to World Trade,” The Conversation, June 2016 (with Matias Margulis).
“The Story Behind Brazil’s Campaign Against Rich Country Agriculture Subsidies at the World Trade Organization,” Policy Brief, Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), Harvard University, February 2015.
Dr. Hopewell teaches International Political Economy (postgraduate) and Emerging Powers (honours seminar) and contributes to South Asia: Culture, Politics & Economy (undergraduate) and Theory & Practice (postgraduate).
Topics interested in supervising
Dr. Hopewell is available to supervise students with interests in: global political economy; global economic governance; development; industrial policy; emerging powers/BRICS; Brazil; China; India; US hegemony.
If you are interested in being supervised by Kristen Hopewell, please see the links below for more information: