Jenny Surbeck

Surbeck, Jenny

Non-Resident Fellow

Global Political Economy of Trade
Preferential Trade Agreements
Intellectual Property

Jenny successfully completed her PhD in Global Political Economy at the World Trade Institute in 2019. Her dissertation on intellectual property rights (IPRs) in preferential trade agreements (PTAs) maps the IPR content of PTAs, analyses the variations in their design and studies their legal-institutional as well as economic effects. Since 2018, Jenny works for the Federal Office of Public Health as a project manager for the Evaluation and Research Service.

Besides her PhD project, she collaborated on the Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) database project and was the research coordinator for the DESTA OECD database on global value chains in PTAs. Before joining the WTI as a PhD researcher under the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Trade Regulation project, Jenny attained a Master's Degree in Comparative and Swiss Politics from the University of Bern and a Bachelor Degree majoring in Political Science and minors of Economics and Business Administration and Law from the University of Zürich. Next to her studies, she attended the Summer School on the African State and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. During her bachelor studies, Jenny worked as student support in the Financial Accounting Department of Credit Suisse for four years, and during her master studies, she worked as research assistant for the DESTA project at the WTI for one year.