Emily Jones is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Fellow of University College.

Emily directs the Global Economic Governance Programme which fosters research and debate on how to make the global economy inclusive and sustainable. Her research examines the political economy of global trade and finance. She is currently leading a research project on digital trade, examining how governments are responding to digitalisation and digital technologies through trade agreements. She is co-founder and co-director of the Trade and Public Policy (TaPP) Network, which seeks to foster engagement between academics and UK policymakers. She is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, and recently served as a specialist adviser to the International Trade Select Committee in the UK Parliament.

Emily holds a DPhil in International Political Economy from the University of Oxford, an MSc (distinction) in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a first-class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. She previously worked in Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry, for Oxfam GB, and for the UK Department for International Development.

Recent Publications

Emily Jones, Christopher Adam, New frontiers of trade and trade policy: digitalization and climate change, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 39, Issue 1, Spring 2023, Pages 1–11,

Emily Jones, Digital disruption: artificial intelligence and international trade policy, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 39, Issue 1, Spring 2023, Pages 70–84,

Jones, Emily, 'The Negotiations', in Federico Fabbrini (ed.), The Law & Politics of Brexit: Volume II: The Withdrawal Agreement (Oxford, 2020; online edn, Oxford Academic, 17 Dec. 2020),

Jones, E (ed.) (2020), The Political Economy of Bank Regulation in Developing Countries: Risk and Reputation. Oxford University Press.

Submissions to parliament

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
The Scrutiny of International Treaties and other international agreements in the 21st-century inquiry

International Agreements Committee
Singapore Digital Economy Agreement Inquiry

Submission to the International Trade Committee
Digital Trade Provisions in the UK-NZ FTA

Digital Trade Provisions in the AUS-UK FTA

Evidence to Parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on 10 May 2023. Watch on



Emily Jones teaches courses on international economic relations and negotiation skills for public policy as part of the Master of Public Policy. She also runs a policy simulation on international trade negotiations.

Emily supervises DPhil theses in international political economy, and teaches executive short courses on negotiation strategy, with a focus on international trade.


Articles, books and book chapters

Jones, E (2020), 'The Negotiations', in Fabbrini, F. (ed.) The Law and Politics of Brexit: Volume II: The Withdrawal Agreement. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Jones, E (2020), 'Will this time really be different? Twenty years of trying (and failing) to reset Europe-Africa relations', Global Policy Journal.

E. Jones ed. (2020) The Political Economy of Bank Regulation in Developing Countries: Risk and Reputation Oxford: Oxford University Press

E. Jones and A. Zeitz (2017) ‘The Limits of Globalising Basel Banking Standards’ Journal of Financial Regulation , 3(1), 89–124.

E Jones (2013) Negotiating Against the Odds: A Guide for Trade Negotiators from Developing Countries, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

E. Jones, C. Deere Birkbeck & N. Woods (2010) Manoeuvring at the Margins: Constraints Faced by Small States in International Trade Negotiations, London: Commonwealth Secretariat

L. Whitfield & E. Jones (2009) ‘Ghana: Breaking out of Aid Dependence? Economic and Political Barriers to Ownership’ in (ed.) The New Politics Of Aid: Barriers to Ownership in Africa, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Evidence to parliament

Jones, E, and Kira, B (2020) 'The digital provisions in the new UK-Japan trade agreement'

Jones, E, Kira, B, and Garrido Alves, D B (2021) 'Submission to the International Trade Committee, UK House of Commons'

Policy reports, policy briefs and working papers

Jones, E, Garrido Alves, D B, Kira, B, and Sand, A (2021) 'The UK and digital trade: which way forward?', Blavatnik School Working Paper 2021/038

Jones, E, Allan, B, Deere Birkbeck, C, Hale, T, Johnson, L, Klasen, A, Messenger, G and van Asselt, H (2020) 'Governance to support a global green deal', Report, Future of Climate Cooperation research project, Blavatnik School of Government, ClimateWorks Foundation and Mission2020

Jones, E and Sands, A (2020), 'Ripe for reform: UK scrutiny of international trade agreements', Global Economic Governance Programme Working Paper 144.

Jones, E, Knaack, P (2019) Global Financial Regulation: Shortcomings and Reform Options Research Article, Global Policy

Jones, E, Zeitz, A O (2019) Regulatory Convergence in the Financial Periphery: How Interdependence Shapes Regulators’ Decisions Research Article, International Studies Quarterly

Jones, E, Beck, T, Knaack, P (2018) Mind the Gap: Making Basel Standards Work for Developing Countries Policy Brief, Global Economic Governance Programme, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Jones, E, Beck, T, Knaack, P (2018) Room to Manoeuvre: How Developing Countries Can Tailor Basel Standards Policy Brief, Global Economic Governance Programme, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Jones, E, and Zeitz, A O (2017). The Limits of Globalizing Basel Banking Standards. Journal of Financial Regulation, 3(1), 89–124.

Jones, E and Copeland, C (2017) Making UK Trade Work for Development Post-Brexit, Report, Global Economic Governance Programme, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Short articles and op-eds

'It's time to talk digital trade' (co-authored with Beatriz Kira), 13 November 2020, UK Trade Policy Observatory

'Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals: how does the UK measure up?', 30 September 2020, UK Trade Policy Observatory

'The Trade Bill: time to give Parliament more say in UK trade deals', 24 September 2020, UK in a Changing Europe

'How much power does Donald Trump really have on trade?' 25 January 2017, New Statesman

'We can't afford a bitter Euro-divorce' (18 January, 2017, CapX) - Emily Jones says we must avoid petty point-scoring as we break from Europe

'Brexit: Opportunity or peril for trade with small and poor developing economies?' (26 July, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development) - Dr Emily Jones on Brexit and developing country trade relations. 

'Building the Brexit Team' (16 July, The Economist) - Dr Emily Jones is quoted in the article about Britain's need of a good negotiating team.

'What would make Brexit negotiations better? Here are 8 simple suggestions' (15 July, New Statesman) - Dr Emily Jones lays out eight points to help negotiate a new trade deal with the EU

'Brexit shows globalisation needs a rethink' (4 July, Reaction) - Dr Emily Jones assesses the new world order on trade.

'Brexit negotiations: Four ways to get a good deal' (29 June, BBC News Online) - Professor Ngaire Woods and GEG Director Dr Emily Jones write a piece highlighting four points to consider in successfully negotiating new trade agreements.

'The WTO's Reform Crisis' Project Syndicate Op-Ed, 23rd October 2014

Media interviews

BBC Radio Scotland, Financial Times podcast, BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire Programme, BBC World TV (see below for links).