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About Suparna Karmakar

Suparna is an independent research professional on trade policy and economic regulations. Her last major research project was under the prestigious Marie Curie fellowship (2013-15), for which she was affiliated with Brussels-based Bruegel as a Visiting Fellow. Her primary research interests are in multilateral trade policy and regionalism, regulatory barriers and technical standards impeding multilateral and regional trade in goods and services, and market access (including trade facilitation) policy and negotiation issues arising therefrom. Issues in GATS rules, in particular of domestic regulation and modalities of deepening market access for service providers in professional services, economic implications of enhanced IP use in traditional manufacturing sectors, and regionalism, trade liberalisation and broader Economic Cooperation Agreements under the New-Age FTAs being negotiated by India were among her past research topics.
Suparna, an international trade economist by training, has over 15 years of research experience in domestic and international economic and trade policy negotiations, and writes regularly for business dailies and magazines. Her columns/blogs have avid readership among policymakers and have incited new economic-strategic thinking.
Until mid-February, 2012, she was employed as a Senior Fellow with the New Delhi-based CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC) and Research Adviser, CUTS International, Jaipur. At CIRC, her research was focused on the regulatory and competition issues of different economic sectors in the Indian economy and on the macroeconomic/trade impact of environmental standards and regulatory barriers to market access.
In her earlier overseas engagement as a Visiting Researcher with the ADB Institute, Tokyo, Suparna's research was focused on the political economy of natural resource (incl. energy) governance in South Asia, and regionalism in Asia, in particular by enhanced service sector trade and regulatory cooperation.
In 2009, Suparna was affiliated with the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore as a Visiting Research Fellow. Prior to assuming this visiting position at ISAS, Suparna was a Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), in the capacity of a trade economist and trade policy (in particular WTO) expert. Suparna was the coordinator and lead researcher of ICRIER Research on WTO Issues during her tenure with the institute. She also worked on various Government of India-commissioned projects on preferential service trade liberalisation, and non-tariff barriers and other regulatory restrictions for market access in manufactured goods and services.
Suparna has been an External Consultant with the Korea Development Institute (KDI); the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO); Resource person to the Planning Commission of India (on the High Level Group on Services), the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the United Nations organisations, and Trade Policy NGOs in India; and served as Referee for the Global Economy Journal, the World Trade Review and IIM-Bangalore Management Review (IMR).


Present Visiting Fellow, Bruegel, Brussels


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Contact Information

Ms. Suparna KARMAKAR, Ph.D
CG 248 Salt Lake, Kolkata 70009, INDIA
Tel: +91 33 2337 4278

Articles (13)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (8)