Dr Robert ReadSenior Lecturer
1. The growth performance of small economies with particular reference to Western Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. This work currently encompasses: the economic theory of small states; the impact of e-commerce on growth and development in small states; manufacturing activity; the creation of local FDI linkages in developing small states.
2. The political economy of international trade, particularly with reference to the regulatory role of the World Trade Organization. Most recent work in this area includes The WTO & the Regulation of International Trade: Recent Trade Disputes Between the EU & US (edited with Nick Perdikis) Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005. My chapters cover GATT/WTO dispute settlement, the banana dispute, the steel dispute and procvess and production methods (PPMs). An article on PPMs is in the Estey Centre Journal of International Law & Trade Policy. An article on US steel protectionism and the recent trade dispute with the EU is forthcoming in The World Economy in Spring 2005. Currently in progress is a project on a critical assessment of the first decade of the WTO with Nick Perdikis et al. My research is focusing on the operation of the dispute settlement procedure.
3. A project for the Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS), part of the World Bank/International Finance Corporation, on Linkages & Flow-On Impacts of Foreign Direct Investment in Pacific Island Economies (with Nigel Driffield), completed October 2003.
Recent grants include:
UK ODA (now DfID), The Economic Performance of Micro-States, 1996.
University of Lancaster Small Grants Scheme, Bridging the Digital Divide: e-Commerce & Economic Growth in Small Developing States, 2003.
Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS) - World Bank/International Finance Corporation, Linkages & Flow-On Impacts of Foreign Direct Investment in Pacific Island Economies, 2003.
1. The economic performance and growth strategies of small states. Wide-ranging theoretical and empirical research on the determinants of growth, sectoral specialisation and development strategies of small states in the global economy. Currently working on papers relating to information technology, FDI and local linkage creation in small developing countries.
2. International political economy, with particular reference to the role of World Trade Organization (WTO) in regulating international trade. This includes research on the dispute setlement procedure; the political economy of the global banana market and the WTO banana case; the EU-US trade war in steel; and the debate on process and production methods (PPMs). Currently working on a project analysing the WTO dispute settlement system.
3. Growth in emerging economies, with particular reference to Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
4. Trade relations between the European Union (EU) and the developing countries (LDCs), including Lomé, Cotonou and the Regional Economic Partnership Arrangements (REPAs).
5. The strategy and structure of multinational enterprises in the global economy.
Leverhume Research Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Reading 1983-4.
Lecturer (part-time), Department of Economics, University of Reading 1984-5.
ODA Research Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Reading 1984-6.
Economist, Unilever plc, London 1986-89.
Lecturer & Senior Lecturer in International Economics, Department of Economics, University of Lancaster 1989-
Director of the MSc in International Business
Deputy Director of the Economics Department PhD Programme
BA Economics, University of Essex, PhD Economics, University of Reading
Undergraduate: Econ 332 Growth & Development, Econ 334 International Business & Finance.
Postgraduate: Econ 405 MSc International Business; Econ 407 International Marketing; Econ 408 Growth in Industrialising Economies.