Trade implementation and enforcement research network

About TIER



Benefits of membership


CONNECT to researchers, policy makers, experts across different organisations, as well as across different geographies.


SHARE your experience, research, and activities with the network and the wider public through workshops, events, conferences, and annual receptions.


SUPPORT academics and starting researchers in their journey and receive support.


Planned activities

  • Create new platforms for resource sharing and outreach – database of members; website; repository of documents; 
  • Organising research workshops, public events and conferences;
  • Providing funding for our members' activities, especially ECRs and PhD Students;
  • Collaborating on the publication of books, journals and blogs;
  • Organising training sessions;
  • Contribute to UACES activities and other related networks;
  • SOURCE and go to repository for research on the topic.


Core members


1. Alexandre Maxime Veuthey – PhD Candidate, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland

2. Eduard Marinov – Associate Professor at New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

3. Elaine Fahey – Professor of Law, Jean Monnet Chair in Law & Transatlantic Relations, City University, London, UK 4. Elitsa Garnizova – Director, Trade Policy Hub // Visiting Lecturer, New Bulgarian University

5. Federica Bicchi – Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, LSE

6. Gabriel Siles-Brügge - Reader in Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies, PAIS, University of Warwick, UK (Supporting role)

7. Ivan Nachev – Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, New Bulgarian University

8. Jan Orbie – Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

9. Jean-Baptiste Velut – Professor in American Politics - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France

10. Johann Robert Basedow – Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, European Institute, London, UK

11. Kolja Raube – Senior Researcher, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven; Assistant Professor for European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven; Programme Coordinator, Centre for European Studies, KU Leuven

12. L. Johan Eliasson, Ph.D., Professor, East Stroudsburg University, Dep. Political Science & Economics

13. Liliya Kolova – Lecturer, New Bulgarian University

14. Maria Garcia – Acting Head of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

15. Niels Gheyle – FNRS postdoctoral researcher at UCLouvain (Louvain-la-Neuve) and affiliated researcher at Ghent University

16. Oriol Costa, Associate Professor of International Relations, UAB

17. Patricia Garcia-Duran Huet – Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona (Department of Economic History, Institutions, Policies and World Economy) 

18. Ragnar Weilandt – Associate Research Fellow, LINES - Leuven International and European Studies

19. Riya Roy – Research Analyst, Trade Policy Hub, LSE

20. Sangeeta Khorana – Professor of Economics, Bournemouth University

21. Shuxiao Kuang – Junior Researcher, Political Science, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School, VUB 22. Stefania Lovo – Associate Professor, University of Reading.


ECRs and PhD students

The network also commits to put additional effort into the engagement of PhD candidates and early career researchers. The network addresses the needs of doctoral students as well as postdocs. It will organise suitable measures (e.g. support with specific funds), offers advice, launches and coordinates initiatives and projects for the promotion of early career researchers. An additional advisory activity is aimed at young researchers, who are before or after the next academic career step. The specific tools include:

  • Regular exchange of information on ongoing opportunities for the promotion of young scientists.
  • One-on-one mentoring of researchers facing difficulties during Covid-19 – matching PhD Students and ECRs with senior researchers.
  • Allocated slots and funding at panels and events.
  • Additional promotion activity through the team’s networks and social media to ensure wider reach.


How to join?

No membership fee, join via emailing: e.v.garnizova@lse.ac.uk and filling in our Google Form. Feel free to email us your responses.



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