An academic from Edge Hill University’s Business School gave evidence to the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee on Wednesday 15th May. Dr Christopher Dent, Senior Lecturer in Economics and International Business, gave evidence at 10am. During the hearing, a number of MPs asked him questions relating to his expertise on Britain’s trade with Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region generally. Among other things, Dr Christopher Dent discussed Britain’s best trade policy and trade agreement options in this dynamic part of the global economy, depending on the outcome of Brexit. This includes the idea of the UK signing free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand, as well as joining larger regional trade deals in the Asia-Pacific, such as the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership). The hearing was broadcast live on Parliament TV, and you can watch it here. Further details on the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee enquiry can be found here. Dr Christopher Dent is an international political economist. He joined Edge Hill University last year. For most of his career he has studied the impact of the East Asia region on the global economic system, especially with regards to trade and trade diplomacy, energy, climate change, sustainable development, regional integration and international business. He considers himself an inter-disciplinary economist, linking economics with other subjects to provide a more comprehensive understanding of key challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, in particular climate change and energy security. Click here for more information about Edge Hill’s Business School.