Reader in Public Policy
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Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge is a Reader in Public Policy 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 is a member of the Jean Monnet Network on 'Transatlantic Trade Politics', where he co-leads a work package on 'The reconfiguration of transatlantic trade after Brexit'.
Gabriel 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).
Gabriel's research interests sit at the interface of the study of public policy, political economy and European Studies. He has extensively researched the politics of trade and investment negotiations, the role of economic ideas and quantification in policymaking and civil society contestation of economic integration (including the role of frames and emotions). He is currently focusing on the following:
- the evolution of civil society protest against EU trade and investment agreements over time;
- the political economy of the UK's post-Brexit trade policy;
- municipal contestation, where local governments challenge the policies of higher authorities.
He has a track record of publishing in leading academic journals, including: New Political Economy, the Review of International Political Economy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, Globalization and Health, and Contemporary Politics.
Gabriel is the co-author of TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (Polity, 2016). This study sought to move beyond the hyperbole of the public debate around TTIP to consider the deeper regulatory implications of and political mobilisation driven by 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. It explores the broad political economic implications of the EU's policy of pursuing Free Trade Agreements with emerging economies.
Public and policy engagement
Gabriel has been an active voice in the debate on trade and investment issues in the UK and Europe. He has provided extensive commentary in the UK and international media and has consulted for and/or advised NGOs, trade unions and parliamentary committees.
From April 2017 to July 2019 he worked as one of the very first Parliamentary Academic Fellows (funded by the ESRC), advising the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee. Since April 2021 he has been a Specialist Advisor to the same Committee. He has separately provided specialist input for a 2021 UK National Audit Office report on the 'Department for International Trade: Progress with trade negotiations'.
Gabriel has served for a number of years as a Scientific Advisor to the European Public Health Alliance and was appointed as one the organisation's representatives on the European Commission Directorate-General for Trade's former Expert group on Trade Agreements.