is a political economist specialising in international trade, global governance, development, global poverty and inequality, 'emerging' powers, least developed countries and small island states. He is Professor of International Political Economy in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester and Research Director of the University's Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI).
Rorden is author of, among other things, The WTO: Crisis and the governance of global trade (Routledge, 2006) and Multilateralism and the World Trade Organisation (Routledge, 2000); editor of The Global Governance Reader (Routledge, 2005); and co-editor of Trade, Poverty, Development: Getting beyond the WTO's Doha Deadlock (Routledge, 2012), The Millennium Development Goals and Beyond: Global Development after 2015 (Routledge, 2012), Global Governance, Poverty and Inequality (Routledge, 2010), The WTO after Hong Kong (Routledge, 2007) and Global Governance: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2002).
Rorden co-edits, with Thomas G. Weiss, the Global Institutions series for Routledge. He initiated, co-organised and convened the inaugural Global Poverty Summit.