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Gabriel Siles-Brügge

GSB Borgen

Associate Professor in Public Policy




Dr Gabriel Siles-Br├╝gge is an Associate Professor in Public Policy and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

Gabriel joined PAIS in September 2016 from the University of Manchester, where he was a Lecturer in Politics. Before that, Gabriel was a Lecturer in International Political Economy at Oxford Brookes University. He holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield.

He has been a visiting scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen (February-July 2015) and the Centre for EU Studies at Ghent University (November-December 2014).

Research interests

Gabriel's research interests sit at the interface of the study of European Union politics and International Political Economy, where he is currently focusing on:

  • the politics of trade and investment negotiations (regulatory cooperation; trade in services; investor protection and the role of civil society protest);
  • the role of economic ideas in policymaking, notably of quantification and econometric modelling;
  • the political economy of Brexit, including of emerging UK trade policy;
  • municipalities and global trade and investment governance;
  • the role of emotions in International Political Economy.

His work has been published in a number of leading journals including New Political Economy, the Review of International Political Economy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy and Contemporary Politics.

Gabriel is the co-author of TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (Polity, 2016), a study seeking to move beyond the hyperbole of the public debate surrounding the agreement to consider the deeper regulatory implications and political mobilisation surrounding the agreement. It has been translated into Dutch and German and was launched at the UK House of Commons and the European Parliament.

His first book Constructing European Union Trade Policy: A Global Idea of Europe was published in the Palgrave Macmillan IPE series in 2014, and explores the broad political economic implications of the EU's policy of pursuing Free Trade Agreements with emerging economies.

Public engagement

Gabriel has been an active voice in the debate on trade and investment issues in the UK and Europe. He regularly provides commentary in the UK and international media and has consulted for and advised NGOs and trade unions.

From April 2017 to July 2019 he worked as a Parliamentary Academic Fellow with the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee (funded by an ESRC Impact Accelerator Account).

Gabriel is also a Scientific Advisor to the European Public Health Alliance and is a Founding Member of the Health and Trade Network, a network of scholars and activists campaigning to ensure trade and investment agreements pay greater heed to public health.