Sustainable trade policies must anticipate and address environmental impact. In this context, TULIP focuses on how to design international legal frameworks that encourage sustainable trade while minimizing negative environmental externalities. Specifically, TULIP approaches trade and the environment from a number of different angles:

Biodiversity and trade 

Circular economy and developing countries 

“Greening” regional trade agreements

Sustainable trade preferences

natural resource management 


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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK

Exploring implications of core environmental standards for the UK

Analyzing and identifying case studies for the application of national core environmental standards to be applied to imported agri-food products

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Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA

Project on the circular economy and textiles:

Study on the circular economy transition in the textiles sector, with a particular focus on taking onboard the needs of developing countries. 

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

Research focused on planetary emergencies :

Various projects focused at the intersection of trade and planetary emergencies, plastic pollution, commodities, biodiversity issues and climate change. 

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Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM)

International Agreement on Sustainable Resource Management 

Researching and writing a policy brief analyzing the opportunity and challenges for developing an international agreement on sustainable resource management. 

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World Economic Forum

Project for Ghana:

Advising how Ghana can leverage international trade agreements to advance its plastic waste management management objectives. 

Click here to download the paper

Click here to download a summary blog post 

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United Nations Environment Progamme (UNEP)

Project on trade and biodiversity 

Analyzing how free trade agreements (FTAs) can be leveraged to address and mitigate biodiversity loss associated with agricultural expansion. 

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Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Trade Agreements and the environment 

Analyzing the potential for technical barriers to trade and regulatory cooperation chapters in free trade agreement to advance environmental objectives. 

Click here to download the paper.  

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International Trade Centre

Trade, gender, and the circular economy in Africa

Researching and writing a policy brief analyzing how the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) can be leveraged to create opportunity in the circular economy for women-owed businesses. 

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Permanent mission of the Netherlands to the WTO

Circular economy, trade and developing countries

Analyzing opportunities and challenges for developing countries in the area of trade and the circular economy. 

Click here to download the paper

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United Nations Environment Programme

Green Industrial policy workshop for Guyana 

 A 3-day course on Green Industrial Policy and Trade for government officials in Guyana. 

Click here to read an article about the event. 

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United Nations Environment Programme

Teaching module on trade and industrial policy 

A training module on trade and green industrial policy for government officials in developing countries. 

Click here to listen to the podcast accompanying the course. 



"Greening the AfCFTA: It's not too late"

The Brookings Institute

 August 2021

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"Trade and the Circular Economy: A Deep Dive into Plastic Action in Ghana"

Global Partnership for Plastic Action

 August 2021