Clara Brandi is Senior Researcher and Project Leader at the Department World Economy and Development Financing at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). As an economist and political scientist, she works on global governance questions, international trade and international normative theory, focusing on sustainable development and the linkages between trade and the environmental issues with a special interest on in the role of developing countries and rising powers. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and policy briefs on these and related topics. She earned completed her PhD from at the European University Institute, a Master’s in Economics from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg where she was given the Hayek Award for her thesis and an MPhil master of philosophy in politics Politics from the University of Oxford where she was a Michael Wills Scholar.