I am an Associate Professor in International Political Economy at University College London. In my research, I focus on the theory and practise of economic diplomacy with a particular emphasis on foreign investment, dispute settlement, and international economic law.
I am the author of Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy: The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries (winner of the International Studies Association's inaugural award for best book in International Political Economy), co-author of The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime, as well as numerous articles on the political economy of the investment treaty regime. 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.
At UCL I am director of the PhD program in Political Science. 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.
I am Academic Advisor on Trade Policy Development to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and have appeared before committees at the UK House of Lords, the UK House of Commons, the Danish Parliament, and the European Parliament.