Lauge Poulsen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Political Science, University College London.
His research focuses on the theory and practise of economic diplomacy with a particular emphasis on foreign investment, dispute settlement, and international economic law.
Poulsen's first book, Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy: The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries (Cambridge Press), won the International Studies Association's inaugural award for best book in International Political Economy. His second book, The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime, was published in 2017 (Oxford Press; with Bonnitcha and Waibel). He is currently working in a long-term project on the history of British investment diplomacy during the Cold War.
Besides his academic work, Poulsen has advised a number of governments on their investment policies and since 2017 he has been Academic Advisor on Trade Policy to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Taught courses at UCL:
- Modern Classics in Political Analysis, ugrad, convener
- International Political Economy, grad, co-convener
- Big Books in Political Science, PhD seminar, convener