Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS)


CARIS members have been involved in organising, attending, and presenting at numerous workshops and conferences with policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, and academics in a wide range of fora including the European Commission, the WTO, the World Bank, the OECD, UNCTAD, IMF, and at a wide variety of both governmental and non-governmental organisations. The centre's research activity has been very successful in influencing high level policy-making processes.

Policy Impact

CARIS research on the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) has been recently at the basis of the GSP reform proposal the European Commission presented to the European Parliament and the European Council on May 2011. Here you can download the Commission Staff Working Paper accompanying the document "Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences":

Commission Staff Working Paper  SEC(2011) 537 

Here is a list of some of the recent activities:


CARIS has a long experience in organizing and conducting training courses for governmental bodies and private firms. Examples are:

Trade induction course

Clients: UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS); UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Dates: March 2009; July 2009; January 2010

Three 2-day training courses for Trade Policy Unit officials and other UK government officials from Foreign Office, Patent Office, Treasury dealing with trade policy. The courses were given by CARIS members with the participation of some external expert and presented an intensive introduction to trade policy issues. The main topic were: an introduction to trade economics, trade institutions as the WTO, the EU trade policy, RTAs, trade and development.

TradeSift: Trade Policy Training Course

CARIS members in partnership with InterAnalysis are conducting training courses in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Vietnam and other developing countries.


Climate Change and Trade: An Agenda for Cancun

A one day seminar held on Thursday 27th May, 2010

Organised by: The Tyndall Centre and the
Department of Economics at the University of Sussex


Commonwealth Secretariat workshop

Peter Holmes  was invited to make a presentation on the impact of Border Carbon Adjustments on small and low income states at a  Commonwealth Secretariat   workshop  attended by policy makers from countries including Mauritius, Lesotho, Trinidad & Tobago. Clik here to see the slides.

Climate Economics and Law Conference

Peter Holmes  was invited  to give a keynote address at the Swiss NCCR at the University of Bern/World Trade Institute June 15-17th 2011.