I work on the comparative and international political economy of development. My areas of research include the global and cross-national politics of intellectual property (IP). I am particularly interested in the implications that the new global IP regime presents for late development, and the various ways that the international norms and rules for IP are adopted at the national level and affect national practices. In my forthcoming book (Global Change, National Responses: Social Coalitions and the Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America) I examine the different ways that countries introduced pharmaceutical patents in the 1990s, and then subsequently revised their new pharmaceutical patent systems in the 2000s. In an ESRC-funded project with Bhaven Sampat (TRIPS Implementation and Secondary Pharmaceutical Patenting: An Empirical Analysis), we consider how pharmaceutical patent systems function, in practice. We analyse the extent to which differences in national pharmaceutical patent systems, particularly different approaches toward applications for secondary patents, generate different results.
I am one of the Managing Editors of the Journal of Development Studies, responsible for "non-economics" (i.e. politics, sociology, anthropology, geography...).
Professor in Development Studies, Department of International Development ,
Associate Fellow, Institute of
the Americas, University
Affiliated Staff, Department of Government
Senior Research Fellow, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), Tufts University
Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Department of International
Development (CON 7.08)
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