Carolyn Deere Birkbeck

Senior Fellow


Dr. Carolyn Deere Birkbeck is a Senior Fellow at ICTSD and Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford where she conducts research on global economic governance. At Oxford, she leads its Expert Taskforce on global knowledge governance and intellectual property. Dr. Deere Birkbeck is also the founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Intellectual Property Watch – the world’s leading news service on international intellectual property policy debates. In 2011, she was the lead author of the first independent External Review of WIPO’s assistance to developing countries, called for by the organization’s Member States as part of the WIPO Development Agenda. She was then commissioned by WIPO to conduct an External Review of the WIPO Academy, which was completed in early 2013. In 2014, she was appointed to the University of Olso-Lancet Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, with a focus on international trade and health. In 2015, she is the theme leader of the E15Initiative’s conversations on  Global Trade and Investment Architecture, a joint project of ICTSD and the World Economic Forum.

Before moving to academia, Dr. Deere Birkbeck served as an Assistant Director at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York where she was responsible for grantmaking on intellectual property, trade and sustainable development. In partnership with colleagues across the Foundation, she designed and coordinated the Foundation’s initiative to Promote a Fairer Course for Intellectual Property Policy and launched the Bellagio Series on Development and Intellectual Property Policy. During this time, Dr. Deere Birkbeck also co-founded the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization (FNTG) and served on its Steering Committee. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C. for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and as the Manager of the Congressional Staff Forum on International Development at the Overseas Development Council. She has been a consultant to a range of non-governmental and international organisations, including UNDP’s Office of the Human Development Report, the National Wildlife Federation, the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy, the Open Society Institute and the South Centre.

Dr. Deere Birkbeck is the author of The Governance of WIPO: A Reference Guide (Edward Elgar Press forthcoming) and Governing the World Intellectual Property Organization: The Power Politics of Institutional Crisis and Reform (Routledge forthcoming). She is also the editor of Making Global Trade Governance Work for Development: Perspectives and Priorities from Developing Countries (Cambridge University Press 2011), author of The Implementation Game: The TRIPS Agreement and the Global Politics of Intellectual Property Reform in Developing Countries (Oxford University Press 2009, paperback 2011), and the co-editor (with Dan Esty) of Greening the Americas: NAFTA’s Lessons for Hemispheric Trade (MIT Press 2002). She holds a DPhil in International Relations (University College, Oxford), an MA in International Relations (Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies) and a first class honours degree in political economy from the University of Sydney.