Dr Geoffrey Pigman BA, MA, D.Phil

Geoff Pigman

Honorary Research Fellow in Government

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g.pigman@bham.ac.uk
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Department of Political Science and International Studies
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Geoffrey Allen Pigman is a senior strategic advisor and thought leader in diplomacy and global political economy, focusing on diplomacy of international trade and international sport, with an extensive record of publications, teaching, training, and curriculum development.  He heads a US-based global strategy and policy consulting practice.  He is an associate researcher in Lausanne University’s Global Sport & Olympic Studies Center and an honorary research fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham (UK). His principal areas of research are the political economy and diplomacy of international trade, foreign economic policy, contemporary diplomacy, and sports-diplomacy. Dr Pigman’s book publications include Negotiating Our Economic Future: Trade, Technology, and Diplomacy (Agenda Publishing, 2020), The World Economic Forum: A multi-stakeholder approach to global governance (Routledge, 2006), Contemporary Diplomacy: Representation and Communication in a Globalized World (Polity Press, 2010), and two editions of Trade Diplomacy Transformed: Why Trade Matters for Global Prosperity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 and Lulu Press, 2016). He holds a BA from Swarthmore College, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

Qualifications

  • D. Phil. in International Relations, University of Oxford, St. John’s College 1993
  • M.A. in International Relations, Concentration in International Economics, European Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C, and Bologna, Italy 1985
  • B.A. with High Honours in Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 1983

Biography

Negotiating our Economic Future

Geoffrey Allen Pigman heads a US-based global strategy and political consulting practice.  He is an associate researcher in Lausanne University’s Global Sport & Olympic Studies Centre and an honorary research fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham (UK).  He was formerly a Research Associate and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria (South Africa) and a Research Associate at the Institute for Global Dialogue, Pretoria, South Africa; an adjunct instructor at SOAS – University of London; an adjunct instructor in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University (South Orange, New Jersey, USA); Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University, Newark (New Jersey, USA); Member of the Faculty in Political Economy at Bennington College (Vermont, USA); Equity Research Liaison, CIBC World Markets, New York; Director of Graduate Studies, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent at Brussels; and Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Birmingham (UK). His principal areas of research are the political economy and diplomacy of international trade, foreign economic policy, contemporary diplomacy with a focus on non-state diplomatic actors, and sports-diplomacy.

Dr Pigman’s book publications include Negotiating Our Economic Future: Trade, Technology, and Diplomacy (Agenda Publishing, 2020), The World Economic Forum: A multi-stakeholder approach to global governance (Routledge, 2006), Contemporary Diplomacy: Representation and Communication in a Globalized World (Polity Press, 2010), and two editions of Trade Diplomacy Transformed: Why Trade Matters for Global Prosperity (1st edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 2nd edition, Lulu Press, 2016).  He has also published a wide range of articles and chapters in scholarly journals and edited volumes and has edited a special issue of the journal Sport in Society on sports-diplomacy (November 2014, co-edited with J. Simon Rofe).  Dr Pigman’s consulting clients have included the Commonwealth Secretariat, Sobel & Co/Tinari Economics Group, Georgian Voice – For Fair Elections, Resource Energy, and CIBC World Markets.  He holds a BA from Swarthmore College, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.  Dr Pigman grew up in Washington, DC and East Otis, Massachusetts.  He attended and graduated from Washington’s Sidwell Friends School.  Dr Pigman is an avid participant in historic preservation efforts in his town in western Massachusetts.  He is a keen skier and swimmer, has run three marathons, competed in clay pigeon shooting and rowing at university, and has coached university-level rowing in England and the United States.

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • International Political Economy
  • State, Market and Society (Political Economy Theory and History)
  • Contemporary Economic Diplomacy
  • Governing Firms and Financial Markets (Financial Markets, Corporate Governance and Regulation)
  • Politics/Political Economy of International Trade
  • Global Political Communication
  • Europeans, Integration and the World
  • Towards Collective Security (International Security Institutions)
  • Trade, Money and Empire (International Trade History)
  • Political Economy of Democratization
  • Branding Britain (Public Diplomacy and Place Branding – UK Case Study)
  • Comparative Foreign Policy

Master’s Level Courses Taught:

  • International Political Economy
  • International Economic Institutions
  • State, Market and Society (Political Economy Theory and History)
  • Contemporary Economic Diplomacy
  • Contemporary Diplomacy
  • Resource and Energy Security
  • International Trade Diplomacy (online)

Postgraduate supervision

Completed PhD theses supervised:

  • Christopher Young, ‘The Unholy Paradox: Understanding the Fatality of God InDemocratic Capitalist Societies’, Rutgers University – Newark, 2009.
  • John Kotsopoulos, ‘Do Perceptions Matter? Negotiating EU-Africa Relations’, University of Kent at Brussels, 2013.

Research

Research interests

Dr Pigman’s research interests began with multilateral commercial diplomacy and international trade policy and politics.  He embraced a political economy-based understanding of diplomacy as a way of viewing and understanding global interactions between different types of actors: governments, global firms, multilateral organizations, civil society organizations, eminent persons, and the global public.  This approach departs from the more traditional diplomatic studies paradigm, in which diplomacy was understood primarily as how governments represented themselves to and conducted relations with one another. What are the effects upon people and policies when firms, governments and other organizations engage in diplomacy in the technology-mediated, information-intensive contemporary environment?  What is the impact of changing types of venues and settings in which diplomacy takes place (such as the World Economic Forum, the G7/8 and G20, etc.) and of the hugely expanded diplomatic interaction with global publics?  In this mode of understanding diplomacy, economic and social-cultural issues are central and inseparable from high politics, rather than being consigned to the periphery.  How global firms function as diplomatic actors and how they affect the politics of financial regulation become central, as do development diplomacy, public diplomacy, place branding and investment promotion, and the underlying features of political communication that they embody.

He explored the public-private interplay in diplomacy in his first book, The World Economic Forum; A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Global Governance (2006), the first book published on the World Economic Forum.  The book focuses on the Forum’s unique nature as a non-government-led global venue that brings together a wide range of governmental, business and civil society actors for diplomacy and problem solving.  An article in the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, ‘“Do this one for me, George”: Blair, Brown, Bono, Bush and the “Actor-ness” of the G8’, co-authored with John Kotsopoulos, explores the extent to which the G8 moved from being a venue for diplomacy to functioning as a diplomatic actor in its own right.  In Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, ‘Consuls for Hire: Private Actors, Public Diplomacy’, Anthony Deos and Pigman examine the increased use of private firms by governments to undertake public diplomacy initiatives.

Dr Pigman’s second book, a text on diplomacy intended for upper division undergraduate and MA students in international relations and diplomacy courses, Contemporary Diplomacy: Representation and Communication in a Globalized World (Polity Press, 2010), seeks to integrate theory with a comprehensive rendering of the contemporary landscape of actors, venues and issues in diplomacy today.  Related work includes:

  • A chapter on US trade policy in the environment of the emergence of large developing countries for an edited book on the World Trade Organization and developing countries, Leadership and Change in the Multilateral Trading System, published by Republic of Letters/Martinus Nijhoff (2009).
  • A co-authored paper with Brendan Vickers at South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry on the extent to which contemporary international trade diplomacy affirms or challenges the ‘new paradigm’ for diplomatic studies in the International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy (2012). 
  • A chapter on global firms as diplomatic actors for the Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy edited by Andrew Cooper et al. (2013).  
  • A chapter on economic diplomacy, ‘Trade, Diplomacy and the Evolving Global Economy’ in Global Diplomacy: Theories, Types and Models, Alison R. Holmes with J. Simon Rofe, eds. (2016).

In his third book, Trade Diplomacy Transformed: Why Trade Matters for Global Prosperity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; revised and expanded 2nd edn., Lulu Press, 2016).  Dr Pigman argues that over the past two centuries the international economy has undergone three successive, overlaying transformations in how and why international trade diplomacy is done.  These transformations in turn have shaped the evolution of the global economy and the actors (states, firms, multilateral institutions, NGOs) that operate within it.  He draws policy prescriptions for needed reforms to international trade policy and diplomacy. 

Dr Pigman’s most recent book, Negotiating Our Economic Future: Trade, Technology, and Diplomacy (Agenda Publishing, 2020), explores the present and expected future impact of technological change on international trade and the diplomacy that facilitates it.  Not only is what is traded and how changing, but diplomacy in the digital age is changing as well.  He analyzes the new constraints under which trade operates and proposes policy approaches for the diplomatic management of a future of accelerating automation and ever more powerful artificial intelligence.

Current projects

Dr Pigman’s research on economic diplomacy between public and private actors in developing and industrialized countries more recently has led him to explore the convergence of diplomacy and international sport.  In 2011 he co-founded a research group on diplomacy and international sport with Stuart Murray (Bond University, Australia) and J. Simon Rofe (SOAS – University of London).  In 2014 Murray and Pigman co-authored an article framing an analytical taxonomy of sports-diplomacy, which appeared in a special issue of the journal Sport in Society on sports-diplomacy that Rofe and Pigman co-edited.  He produced a single-authored article on public diplomacy and international sport for Diplomacy and Statecraft in 2016 and in 2019 an overview chapter on sports-diplomacy in The Business and Culture of Sports: Society, Politics, Economy, Environment, a reference text edited by Maguire, Falcous, and Liston.  Looking ahead, he is beginning a new book on the challenges sports-diplomacy faces in mediating global estrangement, focusing particularly on the interaction between public and private actors.

Other activities

Professional and charitable organizations

  • International Studies Association 1993-2014, 2015-present (chair, Diplomatic Studies Section, 2010-14)
  • Secretary, Otis Preservation Trust, Otis, MA, USA, 2019-present
  • President, Association for St. Paul’s Otis, Otis, MA, USA, 2015-present
  • Governor, Pusey House (University of Oxford), 1996-2014

Present and past positions

  • Consultant, policy and strategy, 1988-present
  • Associate Researcher, Global Sport and Olympic Studies Centre, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 2019-present
  • Research Associate and Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2011-2019
  • Adjunct Instructor, SOAS – University of London, 2017
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA, 2014-2015
  • Visiting Faculty Member, Department of Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 2013
  • Research Associate, Institute for Global Dialogue, Pretoria, South Africa, 2010-2017
  • Visiting Fellow, Graduate Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University -- Newark, NJ, USA, 2001-2013
  • Member of the Faculty, Political Economy, Bennington College, Vermont, USA, 2005-2012
  • Lecturer in International Relations, Brussels School of International Studies/ Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium, 2003-2005
  • Equity Research Liaison, CIBC World Markets, U.S. Equities, New York, NY, USA, 2000-2003
  • Honorary Research Fellow in Global Business-Government Diplomacy and Economic Relations, Centre for International and European Studies, Coventry University, UK, 1999-2004
  • Lecturer in International Political Economy, Graduate School of International Studies/Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, 1993-1999
  • Political Economist, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Washington, DC, USA, 1986-1988

Scholarly journals: editing and refereeing

  • Journal of Public Diplomacy, editorial board 2020-present
  • Diplomatica, editorial board 2017-present
  • International Studies Perspectives, editorial board 2014-2020
  • Sage Handbook of Diplomacy, editorial board, 2014-present
  • International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy, editorial board, 2011-present
  • co-editor, special issue on commercial diplomacy, 2012
  • Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, editorial board, 2012-present
  • Sport in Society, co-editor, special issue on diplomacy and international sport, 2013
  • Referee: International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, Global Society, Review of International Studies, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Contemporary Security Policy, German Politics, Review of International Political Economy, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Contemporary Politics

Publications

Key Publications:

Pigman, G.A. (2021) ‘Influencing outcomes in a changing environment at the WTO: A Commonwealth developing country perspective’, Commonwealth Secretariat, International Trade Working Paper 2021/06, ISSN 2413-3175, June. Available online.

Pigman, G.A. (2020) Negotiating Our Economic Future: Trade, Technology, and Diplomacy, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Agenda Publishing.

Pigman, G.A. (2019) ‘A Global Sports-Diplomacy Framework’, in Joseph Maguire, Mark Falcous, and Katie Liston, eds., The Business and Culture of Sports: Society, Politics, Economy, Environment, Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2019, pp. 273-287.

Pigman, G.A. (2018) ‘The populist wave and global trade diplomacy besieged: a European approach to WTO reform’, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, vol. 14, March, pp. 11-21.

Pigman, G.A. (2016) ‘Trade, Diplomacy and the Evolving Global Economy’, in Alison R. Holmes with J. Simon Rofe, eds., Global Diplomacy: Theories, Types and Models, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, pp.146-175.

Pigman, G.A. (2016) Trade Diplomacy Transformed: Why Trade Matters for Global Prosperity, revised and expanded 2nd edn., Raleigh, NC: Lulu Press, and 1st edn London: Palgrave Macmillan 2015.

Pigman, G.A. and Stuart Murray (2014) ‘Mapping the Relationship between International Sport and Diplomacy’, Sport in Society, vol. 17, no. 9, November, pp. 1098-1118.

Pigman, G.A. (2014) ‘International Sport and Diplomacy’s Public Dimension: Governments, Sporting Federations and the Global Audience’, Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 25, pp. 94-114, March.

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