Switzerland team


Joseph F. Francois (project leader)

Joseph Francois is professor of international economics at the University of Bern and managing director of the World Trade Institute (WTI). He is also co-director of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), at large board member of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), research fellow with the London based Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), managing director of the Institute for International and Development Economics (IIDE), and co-director of the Trade Policy Research Network (TPRN). He has served as director of economics at the US International Trade Commission and research economist with the World Trade Organization. He has published extensively on a range of topics related to trade and investment, including: trade in services; applied modeling of trade policy; trade with imperfect competition; dynamic effects of trade policy; and trade and labor market interactions. His current research interests include: non-tariff measures and regulatory barriers to trade and investment; trade in services; trade and global carbon accounts; and trade and investment networks. He regularly advises governments and international organizations on trade and investment policy. He holds degrees in both history and economics from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland.


Doris A. Oberdabernig (project coordinator)

Doris Oberdabernig is a post-doc researcher at the World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Bern, Switzerland. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she also obtained her Master’s degrees in Political Economy, and International Economics and Business Sciences. Before starting her position at the WTI, Doris worked as a pre-doc assistant at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), as research associate at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), and as a consultant in several research projects of the World Bank. Doris has lectured in different academic institutions on international macroeconomics and trade and development and has published her research in international scientific journals. Her research interests are applied econometrics, mainly in the field of development economics and international relations.

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Rüya Gökhan Koçer (project coordinator)

Rüya Gökhan is a post-doc researcher at the University of Geneva. He is trained as statistician and obtained his PhD degree from Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research / University of Amsterdam where he also lectured in statistical analysis. Before joining University of Geneva he worked at Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labor Studies and International Labor Organization. He scrutinizes the mechanisms of legitimation in contemporary production relations and their implications for politics, structural determinants of opinion and value formation processes, application of multivariate statistical techniques, agent based models and large-n simulations in social science research.

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Patrick Tomberger

Patrick is a Post-doc researcher at the World Trade Institute located in Bern. He graduated from the University of Linz in 2015 with a PhD in Economics. He also holds Master’s degrees in Political Economy and Political Science from the University of Innsbruck. Before he joined the WTI, he worked as a Pre-doc research Assistant at the University of Linz. He also worked as consultant for research projects of the World Bank. His main research interests are trade and environmental economics.

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Lucio Baccaro

Lucio (officially: Pasquale Vincenzo) Baccaro is interested in the interaction of social and economic forces and in how such interaction shapes the norms that regulate contemporary capitalist societies, particularly in so far as labour markets and welfare states are concerned. His research is mostly macro-comparative and combines quantitative analysis of large datasets with in-depth investigation of case studies based on field research. A related interest of his is the emergence of new forms of democratic governance centring on participatory and deliberative institutions. His work has appeared in various outlets, including the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Comparative Political Studies, Economic and Industrial Democracy, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Giornale di Diritto del Lavoro e Relazioni Industriali, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations Journal, International Organization, Quaderni di Rassenga Sindacale, Socio-Economic Review, and Stato e Mercato. Prior to joining the University of Geneva, Baccaro was a faculty member at MIT, Sloan School of Management, Institute for Work and Employment Research (2006-2008), a Senior Research Officer at the International Institute for Labour Studies, International Labour Organization (2000-2005), and a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University (1998-2000). He holds a PhD in Industrial Relations and Political Science from MIT.


Marion Jansen

Marion is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and in this position responsible for the ITC’s flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook”. Previous to joining ITC, Marion was a counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization, an organization she first joined in 1999 after a short spell in the private sector (London, UK). From 2009 to 2012 she was the head of Trade and Employment Programme at the ILO. Marion has widely published on subjects related to international trade and global governance and is notably one of the editors of the ILO-WTO co-publication “Making Globalization Socially Sustainable” (2011) and of the ILO publication “Trade and Employment: From Myths to Facts” (2011). Marion Jansen has organized numerous research, capacity building and policy events involving representatives from governments, employer organizations and unions. Marion holds a PhD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and has lectured in different academic institutions on international economics, managerial economics and on the socio-economic impacts of globalization. She is an associate editor of International Economics and chairs the supervisory committee of PRONTO, a pan-European research network on NTMs.


Christian Häberli

Christian Häberli is a Senior Research Fellow at the WTI and a lecturer and consultant in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in the Americas. He has produced over 50 publications on trade, agriculture, employment, development and climate change. He graduated in 1977 with a PhD on the subject of African Investment Law (Basel University). Christian also has a degree in Development Sciences from Geneva (1975) and in Theology from Berne (2009). His professional career includes working for the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Swiss Government, involving assignments in Madagascar, Thailand, Nepal and Switzerland. He also served as trade negotiator for Switzerland with the European Union, and in the GATT and the WTO during the Uruguay and the Doha Rounds (1986 to 2007), and chaired the WTO Committee on Agriculture (Regular Session, 2005-07). He has been a WTO Panellist continuously from 1996 to 2015, in 20 stages of 5 dispute settlement cases, namely EC – Bananas III, Japan – Apples, EC – Biotech (GMO), China – Trading Rights, and United States – Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

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Anirudh Shingal

Anirudh Shingal is a Senior Research Fellow at the WTI, Cluster-leader of a Swiss National Science Foundation funded work programme on the impact assessment of trade and member of the Economics faculty on the Masters in International Law & Economics (MILE) programme. A PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex, Anirudh specialises in International Economics, Applied Econometrics and Development. His research on trade in services, government procurement and preferential trade agreements has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Review of International Economics, The World Economy, World Trade Review and the Journal of World Trade as well as by the World Bank, the European Commission and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Anirudh is also affiliated with the Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS) and has also worked with the World Bank, WTO and the private sector. Anirudh graduated ‘summa cum laude’ on the MILE Program at the WTI and also holds a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. His undergraduate degree was in Economics (Honours) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

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Huong (Daisy) Nguyen (r4d PhD student)

Daisy completed her Master in International Economics and Finance at the University of Queensland (UQ, Australia) in 2010 and continued to work as the Academic staff at the Foreign Trade University (FTU) in Vietnam. She gave lectures in Microeconomics, and was a teaching assistant for visiting Professors from the Collorado State University. At that time she was also involved in a one-year project managed by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) in Vietnam. Daisy obtained her Bachelor in Economics at the FTU in 2005 with high distinction.

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