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 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;
- municipal contestation (e.g. of 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 and policy 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 one of the very first Parliamentary Academic Fellows, advising the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee (this project was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account). Since 2021 he has been a Specialist Advisor to the Committee. He is separately providing specialist input for a 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.