My research focuses on the theory and practise of economic diplomacy with a particular emphasis on foreign investment, dispute settlement, and international economic law.
My first book, Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy: The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries, won the International Studies Association's award for best book in International Political Economy. My second book, The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime, was published in July 2017 (co-authored).
Current projects examine the link between international investment disputes and American diplomacy, the relative treatment of foreign and domestic investors by developing country governments, and British investment diplomacy after Empire.
I am Associate Professor in International Political Economy at University College London and director of UCL's PhD program in Political Science. I have been Academic Advisor on Trade Policy Development to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office since the summer of 2017 and have previously appeared before committees at the UK House of Lords, the UK House of Commons, the Danish Parliament, and the European Parliament.
Prior to joining UCL I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at University of Oxford, Nuffield College, where I remain a Senior Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance Program. Previously I have been a visiting scholar at the Economic Studies Division of the Brookings Institution and the Law Department at the London School of Economics. I wrote my PhD dissertation at the London School of Economics.