Christopher Dent is an international political economist and joined Edge Hill University in 2018 after having previously held positions at the Universities of Leeds, Hull and Lincoln. Christopher is originally from London but moved to North England in his early 20s, where he has lived and worked ever since. For most of his professional career he has studied the impact of the East Asia region (China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia) on the global economic system, especially with regards to trade and trade diplomacy, energy, climate change, sustainable development, regional integration and international business. He considers himself an inter-disciplinary economist, linking economics with other subjects to provide a more comprehensive understanding of key challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, in particular climate change and energy security.
He has conducted scholarly work in over 40 countries and has acted as a consultant advisor to the British, Australian, Chilean, German, Swedish, Japanese, South Korean, Lao PDR and United States governments, as well as the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, ASEAN Secretariat, APEC Secretariat, Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration and Nike Incorporated. He has been an invited speaker at conferences and other events in Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Oceania. Over the years, he has also acted in an advisory capacity for the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Evian Group, Pacific Energy Summit, Asia-Europe Foundation, European External Action Service, British Council, National Research Foundation of Korea, and Israel Science Foundation.
Christopher Dent is a widely published author, with 14 books (7 single authored monographs) and over 100 papers, reports and other publications. He has been on the editorial board of four journals, an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes at five universities, and has supervised a number of PhD students. He is also a keen sailor and sports enthusiast generally, and is very discerning (some would say fussy) about what coffee he drinks.