The Center for Trade, Environment and Development (CTED) is an independent research center affiliated with the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). The Center supports research on trade and investment policies and patterns through the lens of social and environmental outcomes.
CTED’s directors are Drs. Abigail Cooke, Trina Hamilton, and Marion Werner. CTED’s network also includes affiliated faculty from UB’s Department of Geography, the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Cross-Border Legal Studies Center. It is associated with the International Trade Program at UB, which offers BA and MA degrees.
Our current research is focused on the following core themes:
CTED seeks to be a recognized source for independent research and analysis on international trade, investment, and governance, and to contribute to both policy and public debates on these issues.
We aim to create an intellectual and policy space for alternatives that do not submit to the false binary of nationalist protection versus neoliberal globalization. Thus, we support research that disrupts this dualism with an eye toward progressive, more equitable global relations of trade and investment.
UB’s Canada-United States Trade Center (CUSTAC) was launched in 1989 by Dr. Jim McConnell with a mission to conduct applied and policy-oriented research on the evolving nature of Canada-US commercial relations, including trade, capital investment, border management, and regulatory conditions.
Drs. Jim McConnell and Alan MacPherson, both industrial
geographers, directed the Center over several decades, establishing
important links to the trade policy and professional communities in
the Buffalo-Niagara region and beyond. Dr. McConnell’s
research focused on spatial patterns of foreign direct investment,
regional economic integration, firm-level competitiveness, and
Canada-US commercial interactions. Dr. MacPherson’s principal
research interest was the relationship between technological
innovation and regional economic development. He also had an active
interest in export development and Canada-United States
In 2017, we re-launched the Center as CTED, with an expanded mission to better reflect our current faculty expertise and the needs of the trade and development policy and practitioner communities.