Department of Politics
Posted on 26 February 2020
For the next two years, Professor Heron will spend two days per week working in Parliament with the International Trade Select Committee. The committee is overseeing and scrutinising the work of the UK Department for International Trade, as it moves towards the establishment and implementation of independent trade policy.
Tony is a Professor of International Political Economy and N8 Agri-Food Chair. His recent research has centred on interdisciplinary global food systems research, global value chains and the political economy of agriculture in the context of Brexit. His research will help inform decision-making.
Professor Heron says: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to bring my knowledge and expertise to bear on UK trade policy-making and to strengthen the capacity of the University of York in knowledge exchange, practitioner engagement and impact. The challenges facing the UK are without precedent, as it seeks to negotiate a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with the EU, outside of both the Single Market and Customs Union, while simultaneously establishing closer economic ties with external trade partners, including the USA, in the Commonwealth, Asia and Latin America."