Kristen Hopewell

Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Edinburgh

Kristen Hopewell is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, and completed her PhD at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hopewell’s research and teaching interests are in international political economy, global governance and development, with a focus on emerging powers. Her first book, Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project (Stanford University Press 2016), analyzes the rising power of Brazil, India and China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and their impact on the multilateral trading system. The project draws on 15 months of field research conducted at the WTO in Geneva, as well as in Beijing, New Delhi, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Washington, involving 157 interviews with trade negotiators and other senior officials, industry representatives, and NGOs; over 300 hours of ethnographic observation; and extensive documentary research. This research was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Her current research examines the changing global dynamics of export credit in the context of contemporary power shifts. State-backed export credit (the use of loans and other forms of financing to boost exports) is an important and increasingly contentious area of economic policy and international negotiations. The project analyzes three areas: global governance, policy competition, and domestic policymaking.

Dr. Hopewell has been a visiting fellow at Beijing University, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID) in Geneva, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a trade official for the Canadian government and as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Edinburgh