Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA)

The Jean Monnet Network Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) brings together leading academics and key institutions in domestic regulation and global governance of international services trade and investment flows to form a cross economy consortium of academics across Europe, Australia and Asia.

TIISA Research Grants - Call for Applications

The TIISA Network is currently offering research grants of between €500 - €5000 to support research in the field of trade and investment in services and which improves knowledge of or contributes to the process of European economic integration in services. 

TIISA Research Grants

Our partners

Together, these partners have the cumulative expertise, international perspectives and geographic reach to significantly advance research and teaching on EU trade policy and promote wider understanding of the process of globalisation and the role of the services sectors in our economies at a global level.  The network will take a deliberately cross-disciplinary approach to activities, spanning economics, statistics, law and business innovation, to enable coverage of the various modes of international delivery of services and to allow proper coverage of a wide variety of regulatory issues across the globe.

  • Steering committee

    Professor Joseph Francois: Co-Director, World Trade Institute

    Professor Joseph Francois is Managing Director and professor of economics at the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern since 2015.  He also serves as deputy director of the NCCR Trade Regulation.  Previously he was professor of economics (economic theory) at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.  He is a fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, director of the European Trade Study Group and the Institute for International and Development Economics, senior research fellow with the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, and a board member of the Global Trade Analysis Project.  Earlier posts include: professor of economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, research economist for the World Trade Organization, and chief of research and acting director of economics for the U.S. International Trade Commission.  He studied economics at the University of Maryland and economics and history at the University of Virginia.

    Associate Professor Magnus Lodefalk: Co-Director, Örebro University

    Associate Professor Magnus Lodefalk is a senior lecturer in economics.  As a trade economist, he has broad experience of analysis of international trade and trade policy, with a focus on the WTO. Lodefalk has headed capacity building in the area as well as lectured extensively on issues related to international trade and trade policy.  Lodefalk's current research is focused on structural changes in business - such as the servicification of manufacturing - and on the drivers, barriers and effects of globalisation.  His research on globalisation has a particular emphasis on the role of international networks and migration for firm internationalisation.  Associate Professor Lodefalk is a member of several networks, including MONA, GTAB and OUTSEED.

    Dr Hein Roelfsema: Co-Director, Utrecht University

    Dr Hein Roelfsema is A/Professor for International Economics and coordinator of the Master International Management.  He is also Director of the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, was on the board for the University’s knowledge valorization policy implementation, and chairs the combined Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship.  He has vast experience in external trade policies of the EU, having served as trade policy expert in many Phare project in the 1990s.  After that, his attention shifted to EU trade relations with Africa, where he became one of the leading experts in the Economic Partnership Agreements.  Most of his recent academic works focuses on foreign direct investment in Asia and internationalization of firms from emerging markets.  Dr Roelfsema holds a PhD from Utrecht University and is widely known as radio commentator for the leading Business News Radio on international economics and investments.

    Professor Ingo Borchert: Sussex University

    Professor Ingo Borchert joined the Economics Department at Sussex as a Lecturer in January 2012.  He has been an Economist at the World Bank from 2008-2011, where he helped construct the global Services Policy Restrictions Database.  His research interests focus on trade in services and the impact of regulatory measures in major services sectors on market structure and performance in developing countries.  He has also studied services trade flows during the recent financial crisis, as well as North-South trade flows and the effects of preferential market access for developing countries.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, where he has also taught development economics.

    Professor Bryan Mercurio: Co-Director, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Professor Bryan Mercurio is Professor, Associate Dean (Research) and Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Professor Mecurio is a leading expert in the field of international economic law (IEL), with a particular interest in WTO law, the intersection between IEL and intellectual property rights, free trade agreements and increasingly international investment law.  He is the author of one of the most widely prescribed case books on WTO law (2018 3rd edition, Hart Publishing, with Simon Lester and Arwel Davies) and editor of the leading collection on bilateral and regional trade agreements (2015 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, with Simon Lester and Lorand Bartels).  He has published articles in all of the leading trade journals (some of his work is available for download ) and maintains an active consultancy for governments, industry and law firms.

    Professor Xinquan TU: University of International Business and Economics

    Professor Xinquan TU is Dean and Professor of the China Institute for WTO Studies of University of International Business and Economics located in Beijing, China, also where he received this Ph.D. in international trade in 2004.  During 2006-2007, he was a visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.  In the summer of 2009, he was invited as a visiting fellow by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).  He conducted his research on the GPA under the WTO Secretariat for three months in 2011.  He was also a visiting scholar at SWP (German Institute of International and Security Affairs), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, and Indiana University on a variety of trade topics. His research and teaching focus on Chinese trade policy, WTO, Government procurement, US trade policy, and US-China trade relations.

    Professor Shin-Yi Peng: National Tsinghua University

    Shin-yi Peng is a Professor of Law at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) and the Associate Dean of NTHU’s College of Technology Management.  Prior to her current position, she was on secondment as Commissioner at the National Communications Commission (2012-2016). She was the Director of the Institute of Law for Science and Technology at NTHU (2007-2012). Member of the New York Bar.  She has spoken at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva and various international conferences in Europe, America and Asia.  She serves in an advisory and consultative capacity to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, advising the government on trade law and policy issues.  She is a member of the Indicative List of Governmental and Non-Governmental Panelists for resolving WTO disputes.  She was an Executive Council member (2012-2016) and is Co-Executive Vice President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL).

  • Policy briefs and opinions

    Title  Author Paper No. 
    Globalization on hold or in reverse? Magnus Lodefalk 2020-01
  • Working paper series

    Title  Author Paper No.

    Trade in Telecommunications & international trade agreements

    Hildegunn Nordas 2020-01

    Digital Technologies, Services & the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Drake-Brockman (lead author) et al

    Executive Summary - Digital Technologies (Paper No.2020-02) Drake-Brockman (lead author) et al 2020-03





Trade and Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) Research Grants - Call for Applications

The TIISA Network is currently offering research grants of between €500 - €5000 to support research in the field of trade and investment in services and which improves knowledge of or contributes to the process of European economic integration in services.  



Digital technologies, services and the fourth industrial revolution

By Jane Drake-Brockman, Industry Professor, Institute for International Trade, and Christopher Findlay, Emeritus Professor, Institute for International Trade
From 3D printing (3DP) and artificial intelligence (AI), to cloud computing, 5G, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT), digital technologies are prompting radical new business models offered through digital platforms that promise unparalleled productivity gains and global increases in standard-of-living. Adoption of new technologies is also impacting traditional demand and employment patterns in highly disruptive ways and radically altering the nature of consumer and business transactions. The changes underway raise major questions for traditional domestic regulatory settings and for trade, investment, innovation and industry policies for the digital age.



Globalization; on hold or in reverse

Country after country has now imposed restrictions on international travel, and foreign trade is collapsing in tandem with falling demand and disruptions in supply chains. The coronavirus has put globalization on hold. But will globalization be reversing in the longer term? Magnus Lodefalk provides perspectives from research in international economics.