Department of Political Science


Conrad Copeland

Conrad Copeland
Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in International Political Economy



Conrad Copeland received his BA from the University of British Columbia and his Master’s degree from New York University.  His PhD thesis at the University of Bristol is titled “Centres of Gravity: Gravity Models, Market Access, and the Drivers of Trade”.  He also holds a degree in Quantitative Finance from Columbia University.

Conrad has served in numerous policy roles within the Canadian political system, including serving as Director of Operations for the Liberal Party of Canada.  He has also worked as a consultant, serving as Special Advisor for the United Democratic Party of the Gambia.  His work outside academia has extended to business consulting with Wazuku Advisory Group and work in the non-profit sector as Executive Director with the Democratic Africa Project.

Most recently, he consulted on a project analysing the trade impacts of Brexit on developing economies with the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.


Conrad’s research focusses on understanding the drivers of trade, both modern and historical, and how these forces influence trade flows and growth outcomes.  Market access and availability of trade networks are important factors determining how easily agents and countries can buy and sell goods internationally and limiting or encouraging these connections can have significant implications not just for trade but also wider economic outcomes.  His research looks at these factors through models that incorporate how variations in access to external markets or the influence of local networks and institutions can promote or hinder trade flows.

  • Copeland, Conrad (2021). “Riding the Monsoon:  Geography and Iron Age Trade in the Indian Ocean”, Working Paper.
  • Copeland, Conrad (2020). “Bridging New Divides:  Ethnic Linkages and Trade in Africa”, Working Paper.
  • Copeland, Conrad (2019). “Interrupted Lines:  Conflict, Trade Flows, and Transport Costs”, Working Paper.
  • Jones, Emily and Conrad Copeland (2017). “Making UK Trade Work for Development Post-Brexit”, Workshop Report, Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford University).
  • Copeland, Conrad (2017). “Inequality in the Workplace: Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea. By Jiyeoun Song. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014. 248 Pp. $49.95 (Cloth)”, Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1: 137-138.
  • Copeland, Conrad (2010). “Effects of the Single Transferable Vote on Political Parties and Divided Societies”, AQ - Australian Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 1: 27-31
  • Conrad teaches international political economy and trade policy.
  • He is interested in supervising students who work on the institutional influences on economic outcomes, globalisation, and international finance and trade; particularly with quantitative methods.