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Kristen Hopewell

Kristen Hopewell
Dr Kristen Hopewell
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy; Associate Director Research - KEI
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

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Kristen Hopewell is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. Her 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. She currently holds an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant to investigate the changing global dynamics of export credit amid contemporary power shifts. Her research has also been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, the UK Global Research Challenges Fund, the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Swiss National Science Foundation, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Dr. Hopewell’s policy writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Global Policy, and her analysis has featured in venues such as the BBC, CNN, CGTN, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, China Daily, The Indian Express, Latin America Advisor, and Foreign Policy.

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. 2019. “Power Transitions and Global Trade Governance: The Impact of a Rising China on the Export Credit Regime.” Regulation & Governance. Early View.

Hopewell, Kristen. 2019. “How Rising Powers Create Governance Gaps: The Case of Export Credit and the Environment.” Global Environmental Politics 19(1): 34-52.

Hopewell, Kristen. 2019. “US-China Conflict in Global Trade Governance: The New Politics of Agricultural Subsidies at the WTO.” Review of International Political Economy 26(2): 207-231.

Hopewell, Kristen. 2018. "Recalcitrant Spoiler? Contesting Dominant Accounts of India's Role in Global Trade Governance." Third World Quarterly 39(3): 577-593.

Hopewell, Kristen. 2017. “BRICS – Merely a Fable? Emerging Power Alliances in Global Trade Governance.” International Affairs 93(6): 1377-96.

Hopewell, Kristen. 2017. "The Liberal International Economic Order on the Brink." Current History 116(793): 303-08.

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

Selected Commentary:

"The WTO just ruled against China's agricultural subsidies. Will this translate to a big U.S. win?" The Washington Post, March 2019.

"What is ‘Made in China 2025’ — and why is it a threat to Trump’s trade goals?" The Washington Post, May 2018.

"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), Politics in a Changing World (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:

PhD in Politics; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) Politics