Perth Public Forum: TPP & RCEP

The massive US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and the ASEAN-centred ‘Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership’ (RCEP) will together create a new trade “architecture” in the Pacific. But who will benefit from the new rules?


Dr Patricia Ranald is a Research Associate at the University of Sydney. Her Doctoral thesis in International Relations at the University of NSW was a comparative study of the World Trade Organisation and regional trade agreements. She was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and has also worked for unions and community organizations. Dr Ranald has published widely on the social impacts of globalisation and trade agreements and is Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), a network of 60 community organizations and many more individuals, which advocates for fair trade policies based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Kyla Tienhaara is a research fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) and co-director of the Climate and Environmental Governance Network (CEGNet) at the Australian National University. Dr. Tienhaara’s main area of interest is the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system. Her PhD thesis examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that were brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. This research was published in 'The Expropriation of Environmental Governance: Protecting Foreign Investors at the Expense of Public Policy' (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Read more here.

Dr Belinda Townsend teaches at Deakin University in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Belinda's research interests include health policy, medicines governance, trade and health, global governance and non-state actors. She represents the Public Health Association of Australia and is an active member of the People's Health Movement, and has published on the TPP, RCEP and health. Read more here.

For more information, contact Tom Palmer or Pat Ranald