Associate Fellow, International Economics
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Jim Rollo is professor emeritus in the University of Sussex, associate research fellow at Chatham House, and research affiliate at the Centre for Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS). He was professor of European economic integration at the University of Sussex and co-director of the Sussex European Institute from 1999 to 2011. He was editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) from 2003 to 2010. Until December 1998, he was chief economic adviser in the British Foreign Office, and from 1989-1993, director of the International Economics research programme at Chatham House, London. He has published widely on international economic issues, principally in the field of EU policy and trade policy. His main research interests are trade policy and the economics of preferential trade liberalisation, agricultural policy, EU enlargement and European Monetary Union. He is a frequent commentator on EU policy, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and global economic issues in the British and global media. He is active in the European and international policy debate. He has been a consultant to the British Government (notably, to Department for International Development (DfID), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), mainly on trade policy capacity building in developing countries), and to the Polish and Czech Governments, the European Commission and the World Bank, as well as to NGOs and business. Recent research includes projects on the impact of Mega Regional agreements on excluded developing countries and on China EU Value Chains.


  • EU and commercial policy
  • Transition economies and their relations with the EU
  • Economic analysis of EMU
  • Regionalism and the world trade system
  • EMU and EU Enlargement
  • Domestic regulation and the WTO


1999 - dateCo-Director, Sussex European Institute; Professor, European Economic Integration, University of Sussex
2001 - 2003Associate Director, Europe Programme, ESRC
1993 - 1998Chief Economic Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1989 - 1993Director, International Economics Programme, Chatham House


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