Dr Karen Jackson

Dr Karen Jackson

Reader in Economics | Director of International Development (Westminster Business School) | Assistant Head of School (Organisations, Economy and Society)

Research focus

International trade policy, with a specific focus on economic integration/disintegration.


Dr Jackson studied at the University of Sussex (DPhil in Economics), University of Nottingham (MSc Economics) and University of Kent (BA Mathematics and Economics). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Dr Jackson has been awarded the title of Reader in Economics. She also manages 20+ staff as part of her role as Assistant Head of School and supports the global engagement activities of Westminster Business School as the Director of International Development. 

She has previously held positions at the UK Department for International Development (Economist), University of Sussex (Research Officer) and University of Bradford (Head of Economics, China and East Asia Development Director and Senior Lecturer in Economics). 

Consultancy and Advisory Assignments

Dr Jackson has worked as a consultant for the Commonwealth Secretariat and UK Department for International Development. Moreover, she has been called upon to be an expert panel member and peer reviewer for the UK Economic Social Research Council.

She has also undertaken a range of external examiner and expert appointments. 

Partnership Development and Networks

Dr Jackson has extensive experience developing global partnerships. In addition to her current role as Director of International Development for Westminster Business School, she previously worked as China and East Asia Development Director (University of Bradford) while living in China, establishing a foreign enterprise and leading partnership developments across East Asia.

She is also co-convener of the Westminster Development Policy Network, which includes the annual Westminster Development Studies Symposium and the Westminster Development Policy Network Virtual Seminars jointly organised with the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington, DC) and Westminster International University in Tashkent. 

She also jointly organises the Global Economic Policy Group (GEPG) with FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany) and Shandong University (China). The GEPG has recently received funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).   

PhD Supervision

Dr Jackson has supervised three PhD students to completion (2012, 2014 and 2018), with all three of these candidates now holding permanent academic positions at UK Universities. She is also currently supervising a further three students.

Personal website...link

"Transforming East Asia: Regional integration in a trade war era" (2022), Open Economies Review (with O. Shepotylo), published online 

"An Analysis of the Trade Policy Review of the European Union", (2021), The World Economy, 44(12), pp. 3482-3491

"Belt and Road: The China Dream?", (2021), China Economic Review, 67 (with O. Shepotylo) 

"An examination of EU trade disintegration scenarios", (2021), The World Economy, 44(1), pp. 2-20 (with O. Shepotylo) 

"Trade (Dis)integration: The sudden death of NAFTA", (2020), Open Economies Review, 31(4), pp. 931-943 (with D. Bakas and G Magkonis)

“An inquiry into exchange rate misalignments as a cause of the major global trade imbalances”, (2019), Journal of Economic Studies, 46(4), pp. 902-924 (with M.A. Nasir)

“Identifying networks in social media: The case of #Grexit”, (2019), Networks and Spatial Economics, 19(1), pp. 319-330 (with G. Magkonis)

“Regional trade institutions in West Africa: Historical reflections”, (2018), Journal of International Development, 30(8), pp. 1255-1272 (with E. Bah and D. J. Potts)

“Post-Brexit trade survival: Looking beyond the European Union”, (2018), Economic Modelling, 73, pp. 317-328 (with O. Shepotylo)

The segmentation of Europe: Convergence or divergence between core and periphery, (2017) Palgrave Macmillan (with M. Baimbridge, U. R. Lee and I. Litsios) 

“Evaluating methodological issues in the tourism literature: UK outgoing tourism and trade links”, (2015), Economic Issues, 28(1), pp. 1-42 (with W. Zang)

“Great achievements and great challenges: The EU Common Fisheries Policy” in Re-examining the EU policies in a global perspective edited by M. R. Szeles, (2013), Palgrave Macmillan

“Reconsidering the silk road: Tourism in the context of regionalism and trade patterns“ in Handbook on the Economics of Leisure edited by S. Cameron, (2011) Edward Elgar.

"A Framework for evaluating regional trade agreements involving developing countries", (2005), Report for the UK Department for International Development (with D. Evans, M. Gasiorek, P. Holmes, L. Iacovone, S. Robinson and J. Rollo)

 "Investment incentives in Commonwealth developed countries and the WTO investment negotiations.", (2003), Commonwealth Secretariat Economic Paper Series (with J. Lafortune, J.C.R. Rowley, S.R. Vemuri, and R. Scollay)

  • Contemporary China Centre
  • Westminster Development Policy Network
  • Global Economic Policy Group