Tobias Gehrke

Research Fellow

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Geoeconomics; Economic diplomacy; EU foreign policy; trade and investment policy


Tobias Gehrke joined the Egmont Institute in 2017 as a Research Fellow in the Europe in the World Programme. His research centres on geoeconomics, economic security strategies, the securitization of economic and technological interdependencies, deepening economic and security competition between the Great Powers, and the strategic responses of the EU to these challenges through its trade, investment, and other regulatory instruments. He is also part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Curie research project ‘EU Trade & Investment Policy’ (EUTIP), through which he is pursuing a PhD at Ghent University.

He regularly comments on EU trade & investment policy developments, EU-US-China triangular strategic affairs, the transatlantic and EU-China economic relationship, Connectivity, and Europe’s economic tools as part of its Grand Strategy.

Tobias previously worked in the EU Commission’s DG Trade, the Transatlantic Relations programme of the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, and the private legal sector. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nottingham University and will join the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS, Washington D.C.) for a Visiting Fellowship. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a LLM in International Economic Law from the University of Kent (BSIS).