Emily Lydgate has a specialism in international trade law, focusing primarily on its relationship with environmental problems and problem-solving. She has extensively examined EU regulations developed in response to climate change, particularly biofuels sustainability regulations, and their interaction with WTO obligations. She also analyses the implications for trade law and policy resulting from the UK's exit from the EU.

She is on the Programme Management Group of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme ( and a Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory (

She is also the lead for an SSRP-funded project on 'Achieving sustainable trade post-Brexit: the UK and beyond' (

Emily welcomes PhD applicants to supervise/ for supervision in the areas of international trade and investment law and environmental law and policy.