Global Political Economy of Trade
Preferential Trade Agreements
Simon Wüthrich joined the WTI as a PhD researcher in political science under the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Trade Regulation project in 2015. He successfully completed his PhD on preferential trade negotiations in December 2017. In his dissertation, Simon used quantitative methods to shed analytical light on feedback effects and the role of information at the interface between domestic politics and international negotiation processes and outcomes. Besides his PhD project he collaborated on the Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) database and taught quantitative methodology and research design courses in the flagship MILE programme.
Simon holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Geneva and a master's degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition, he worked at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, where he was involved in research and publications with respect to the trade-development nexus. He also obtained work experience in journalism at a newspaper in Basel. Simon is a Swiss citizen and speaks German, French, English, and Spanish.