Dr. Clara Brandi

Department: World Economy and Development Financing

Function: Senior Researcher

Specialization: Economist and Political Scientist

Work areas:
  • International Trade: preferential trade agreements, regional integration, World Trade Organization
  • Global Governance, focus international trade policy and climate policy
  • Sustainable Development, 2030 Agenda, Green Economy
  • International normative theory, global justice

Responsibilities in education and training:
  • Global Economic Governance, focus on international trade policy (Postgraduate Training Programme)
  • International Organizations (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
  • Theories of Global Justice (University of Cologne)


since 2012German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
German Advisory Council on Global Environmental Change (WBGU)
since 2009German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
2006-2009European University Institute, Florence
PhD Researcher
Department of Political and Social Sciences
2008World Health Organization, Geneva
Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights
2007European University Institute, Florence
MRes, Department of Social and Political Sciences
2004-2006University of Oxford
M.Phil. in Politics (Political Theory)
2002/03University of Wisconsin, Madison
Visiting student in Economics and Philosophy
2001International Labour Organization, Geneva
Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment
2000/01European Parliament, Strasbourg
Assistant to MEP
2000-2004Albert-Ludwigs-Universitity, Freiburg
Diplom (MSc) in Economics

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



E-mail Clara.Brandi@remove-this.die-gdi.de
Phone +49 (0)228 94927-175
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130


Rising Powers in the Global Trading System – China and Mega-Regional Trade Negotiations
Brandi, Clara (2016)
Rising Powers Quarterly, Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2016, pp. 71-83


Sustainability standards and sustainable development: synergies and trade offs of transnational governance
Brandi, Clara (2016)
published on Sustainable Development (online first), DOI: 10.1002/sd.1639


Cover: The Journal of Environment Development

Sustainability Standards for Palm Oil - Challenges for Smallholder Certification Under the RSPO
Brandi, Clara et al. (2015)
in: The Journal of Environment Development September 2015 vol. 24  no.3,  292-314 


On the fairness of the multilateral trading system
Brandi, Clara (2014)
in: Moral Philosophy and Politics 1 (2), 227-247


Low-Carbon Standards and Labels in China
Brandi, Clara (2014)
in: Oxford Development Studies 42 (2), 151-168