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Professor Jappe Eckhardt



Jappe Eckhardt is a Professor in International Political Economy at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of York. He joined the Department in 2016. He holds a BSc in Political Science and MSc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam as well as a PhD from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He received his PhD at the end of 2011 with a dissertation on EU-China trade relations. He then spent three years at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, in Switzerland as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2015 he worked a year as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). He also held visiting positions at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2010) and the University of International Business and Economics (2013), both in Beijing.

Jappe’s main research and teaching interests are in the fields of International Political Economy, Global Governance, and European and Asian Regionalism. More specifically, most of his research to date has focused on the politics of trade, business-government relations, global value chains and, since recently, global health governance. His work has been funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), the European Commission (Marie Curie Fellowship) and the National Institutes of Health in the US and has been published in several leading international academic journals. His book “Business Lobbying and Trade Governance: The Case of EU-China Relations” was published by Palgrave in 2015. 



Jappe’s work has so far focused in particular on the preferences, political involvement and influence of firms in regional and international economic governance. One key element in this research is to assess to what extent the globalisation of production – and the resulting changes in corporate strategies – has an impact on preferences, lobbying behaviour and political power of firms. Initially, Jappe mainly looked at the lobby strategies (lobbying through national-, regional- or international channels) and the circumstances under which firms overcome collective action problems and wield influence on trade policy decisions in the context of the EU (with a special emphasis on EU-Asia relations) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).  

However, over time, he has expanded his research agenda to broader aspects of global trade governance and regulation and to economic policy-making beyond trade. For instance, he has analysed and compared the design of various international economic institutions (e.g. dispute settlement systems in trade and investment agreements), as well as the commitment and support of countries to rules set by economic international organizations and courts. In addition, he has initiated a research project on the changing role of emerging- and developing countries in the global political economy, which looks in particular at emerging Asian states in regional and global economic governance. Finally, Jappe is member of several international research teams working on global health governance in general and tobacco control policy more specifically.

Jappe would welcome PhD applications in the broad fields of International Political Economy, International Organizations, EU Politics, Regionalism, Global Governance, etc. He would be particularly interested to receive applications from those interested in issues such as trade and investment policy; interest group politics; lobbying; EU’s external economic relations; Asian regionalism; emerging markets; global economic and health governance; tobacco control; international economic institutions; and so forth.

For more details on Jappe’s research, visit his ResearchGate page or see his Google Scholar profile. 




In the 2019-2020 academic year, Jappe teaches the undergraduate modules Global Political Economy and Regionalism in World Politics and the MA module Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy. 

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Professor Jappe Eckhardt

Department of Politics and International Relations
University of York
YO10 5DD

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