Dr Jappe Eckhardt



Jappe Eckhardt joined the Department of Politics at the University of York in January 2016 as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He holds a BSc in Political Science and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam. After graduating, he joined the Political Science Department at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and 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, International Organizations, and European and Asian Regionalism. More specifically, most of his research to date has focused on trade politics, the role and influence of non-state actors in (economic) policy making 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 most recent 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 societalinterests in regional and international economic governance.One key element in this research is to assess to what extent the globalization of production – and the resulting changes in corporate strategies – has an impact on preferences, lobbying behavior 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 an international research team working on a project entitled “Tobacco Companies, Public Policy and Global Health.”

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 (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jappe_Eckhardt) or see his Google Scholar profile (https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=_YuUxX8AAAAJ&hl=en).



Jappe teaches/has taught the following modules: 
  • European Economic Governance (undergraduate)
  • Regionalism in World Politics (undergraduate)
  • Politics of International Trade and Development (postgraduate)
  • International Organisations (postgraduate)

Contact details

Dr Jappe Eckhardt
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD


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