The research in this theme encompasses the interaction between two or more related areas of international trade, international development, finance for development, environmental economics and energy economics.
It looks into the interactions between trade, environment, sustainability and international development in relation to trade barriers, global value chains, environmental behaviour of firms, finance for development, migration and employment, energy markets, and sustainable supply chains. The activities we undertake are mostly applied and issue-driven. Specific topics include innovation, SMEs, agriculture and commodity markets, mining, oil/gas/energy systems, migration, global value chain, exporting and importing behaviour of firms, environmental behaviour of firms, as well as interdisciplinary research in areas such as international business, market trends, regional studies and area studies.
The focus on this area encourages collaborative work and facilitates interaction with outside agencies such as the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Climate and Land Use Alliance, Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), World Bank and the International Coffee Organisation (ICO).