Karen Jackson is a Reader in Economics at the University of Westminster. She previously worked for the UK Government (Department for International Development) and Commonwealth Secretariat as well as been called upon to be a reviewer for the Economic Social Research Council. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex in 2007. Her research focuses on trade policy analysis, with a particular emphasis on economic integration/disintegration. Her recent work has been published in the China Economic Review, The World Economy, Open Economies Review, Journal of International Development and Economic Modelling.