Inclusive trade policy: a view from the outside

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “inclusive” as “not excluding any of the parties or groups involved in something.” By that definition, an inclusive trade policy implies an all-encompassing approach that brings together the entire range of policymakers, third sector bodies, academics and practitioners who develop, advise on, negotiate, support, monitor and assess, research, … Continued

Six FACETS of health and trade policies

At its annual review in December 2022, the UK Prevention Research Partnership Scientific Advisory Board asked PETRA to suggest the key ways that could most help policymakers to bring health into trade policy. This is PETRA’s proposal: FORGE: Ensure research funding does not silo health and trade by forging new and deeper links between research … Continued

Trade and poverty

Poverty is bad for health in many dimensions, so the question ‘does increased trade reduce poverty?’ is an important one. Despite huge research efforts over the last two decades we still do not have a definitive general answer. That is because there is none. Rather than seek one, the job of researchers is to understand … Continued

Putting health into trade and investment agreements: an R&D manifesto

PETRA is pleased to announce the publication of its research and development manifesto. It identifies the gaps and priorities for future research over the next five to ten years to investigate how trade and investment agreements (TIAs) could help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at source. This manifesto is the result of a lengthy process of … Continued

The opposition of events: creating an R&D Manifesto to look at trade and investment agreements and health inequalities

The Cambridge Dictionary defines manifesto as “a written statement of the beliefs, aims, and policies of an organization, especially a political party.” Hmmm. PETRA is, quite clearly, not a political party. It is an interdisciplinary expert network set up to look at whether trade policy and trade and investment agreements could be used to tackle … Continued

Should public health measures be reframed in the language of trade?

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. (Nelson Mandela) Pondering my learning from PETRA’s joint webinar with the UK Public Health Network on the public health implications of trade and investment laws, I … Continued

Trade, health and profit in a time of pandemic

  Every aspect of global health policy must now be reconsidered from the perspective of AP (After the Pandemic), although the pandemic of course is still with us.  One of the pandemic’s early lessons was the fragility of a profit-oriented system for vaccine development.   Before the pandemic, there were only four major transnational vaccine producers, … Continued

Developing a research agenda on trade and health

As part of its work programme, PETRA has been tasked with developing an interdisciplinary research framework (or “manifesto”) on the intersection between trade and health and wellbeing. We developed plans for a series of intelligence-gathering workshops to hear views from researchers, the third sector, and policymakers from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A sandpit … Continued