Clara Weinhardt

Non-Resident Fellow

Clara Weinhardt

Clara Weinhardt is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. She is a lecturer in international relations at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Her areas of expertise include international trade agreements (in particular, EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreements and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), their link to development, and German development policies. Clara was previously a research associate at GPPi and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, where she conducted research on China’s role vis-à-vis developing countries in the World Trade Organization. She has been an associated academic staff member of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt since 2013.

Her previous work experience includes a PhD fellowship from 2009 to 2012 at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where she was a member of a research group on EU external relations. In 2011, she was a visiting lecturer (Lehrbeauftragte) at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). During her university studies, Clara also worked as a research assistant at Oxford University’s Global Economic Governance Programme and as an external consultant for the European Council on Foreign Affairs. She has conducted fieldwork in Kampala, Uganda, and in Abuja, Nigeria.

In 2013, Clara completed a PhD in international relations at the University of Oxford. Her work examined the negotiations over economic partnership agreements between the EU and West Africa. She holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Technical University of Dresden. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester at Harvard University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has received scholarships from the German National Merit Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, Booz & Company, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Languages: English, French, German, Spanish

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