Professor Thomas Hale

Associate Professor in Global Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government; Fellow of St Antony's College


Professor Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve - or not - to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental, economic, and health issues.

As COP26 Fellow, Professor Hale is supporting international negotiations in the run-up to the conference. He is also the chair of the Expert Peer Review Group for the UN’s Race to Zero, the flagship COP26 campaign that engages with cities, regions, businesses, and investors in a drive for a low carbon recovery.

Professor Hale leads the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, the most-used global dataset tracking government policies on COVID-19.

He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. A US national, Professor Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe.

His books include Beyond Gridlock (Polity 2017), Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes (Cambridge 2015), Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge 2014), and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most (Polity 2013).


  • Climate change: international negotiations and "bottom up" actions by cities, companies, and others
  • How the rule of law matters for global commerce
  • Environmental issues in China
  • China's engagement in the global economy
  • Evolution of global governance
  • Gridlock in multilateral institutions


English, fluent Spanish, functional Mandarin