Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
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Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsHopewell’s expertise lies in the areas of international political economy, globalization, trade, and development. Her research analyses the rise of new powers – such as China, India and Brazil – in the global economy and its governance. She is currently working on a project examining the impact of contemporary power shifts on the World Trade Organization (WTO). She also studies contestation over international economic policymaking and the efforts of non-state actors – ranging from business lobbies to social movements and activists – to shape global economic governance.
"Different Paths to Power: The Rise of Brazil, India and China at the WTO" Review of International Political Economy (2014).
Shows that while China’s rise has been more closely tied to its growing economic might, the rise of Brazil and India has been driven primarily by their mobilization and leadership of developing country coalitions, which enabled them to exercise influence above their economic weight. Consequently, Brazil and India have assumed a more aggressive and activist position in WTO negotiations than China and played a greater role in shaping the agenda of the Doha Round.
"The Transformation of State-Business Relations in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Brazilian Agribusiness" Critical Perspectives on International Business 10, no. 4 (2014): 291-309.
Shows how state-business relations in Brazil have been transformed in the contemporary era of globalization: the emergence of a highly-competitive export-oriented agribusiness sector in Brazil has prompted the expansion and internationalization of domestic capital, leading to the emergence of an independent, private sector lobby with considerable influence on the Brazilian state.
"New Protagonists in Global Economic Governance: Brazilian Agribusiness at the WTO" New Political Economy 18, no. 4 (2013): 602-623.
Charts the impact of Brazil’s export-oriented agribusiness sector on its position in WTO negotiations and dispute settlement. Demonstrates that business actors from the Global South are becoming significant new protagonists in global economic governance.
"The Technocratization of Protest: Transnational Advocacy Organizations and the WTO" in Engaging Social Justice: Critical Studies of 21st Century Social Transformation, edited by David Fastenfest (Brill, 2009), 161-180.
Analyses the shift of transnational advocacy organizations towards more technocratic and expertise-based forms of advocacy directed at the WTO.
"Commentary on the Selection of Roberto Azevêdo as Director General of the WTO," Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor, May 19, 2013.
Talks and Briefings
"The Making of an Agro-Export Powerhouse: Constructing Comparative Advantage in Brazil," Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, November 2014.
"Neoliberalism Disrupted: Power Shifts at the WTO," Capitalism, the Politics of Inequality, and Historical Change Conference, Columbia University, August 2013.
"A Delicate Dance: The Rise of New Powers in the Multilateral Trading System," International Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2012.
"Diverse Actors, Diverse Agendas: The Rise of Brazil, India and China at the WTO," Alliance on Governance Research and Analysis (AGORA), Brisbane, Australia, January 2011.