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Dr Simon Usherwood



Publications & Research Projects


Full list of publications available via, ResearchGate and Surrey. Below are some selected highlights.


Euroscepticism/Brexit/UK-EU relations


European Union
  • S. Usherwood & J. Pinder, The European Union: A Very Short Introduction, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford (2018).

  • S. Usherwood (ed.), European Union, Routledge, Abingdon (2011).  Editor and original introduction to 5 volume collection on state-of-the-art in research on the European Union.


Learning & Teaching



Research Projects

Deputy Director, "UK in a Changing Europe", ESRC, 2017-19.


Research Investigator, 'Negotiating Brexit', "UK in a Changing Europe" Brexit Priority Grant, ESRC, 2017-18.

Senior Fellow, "UK in a Changing Europe" programme, ESRC, 2016.


Co-investigator on INOTLES "Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies", TEMPUS-funded project, 2014-2016.





English (mother tongue)

French (proficient)

German (passable)

Dutch (basic)

2010 - present

2010 - present



Professor, School of Social Sciences & Global Studies, Open University

Current position (2021-)


Teaching and research active position.

Professor, School of Politics, University of Surrey

(Lecturer (2003-9); Senior Lecturer (2009-16); Reader (2016-19); Professor (2019-21))


Teaching and research active position. Supervision of PhD and Masters dissertation students. Director of Research and REF 2019 UoA Lead.

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Surrey

2013- 15

Supervision and oversight of all undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in the Faculty. Work includes both quality enhancement and quality assurance roles. Representative of the Faculty on University committees.

Centre for Educational & Academic Development Faculty Scholar, University of Surrey
2010 - 12


Part-time position to promote and develop learning & teaching in the Faculty and University.



Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice, University of Surrey




PhD in European Politics, European Institute, London School of Economics


Thesis title: "Beyond Party Politics: Opposition to the European Union in France and the UK, 1985-1999."


Diplôme d’Etudes Politiques et Administratives Européennes Approfondies, College of Europe



Class “Very Good” (16.5/20).  Thesis: "The Rhetoric & Reality of the British Discourse on Economic & Monetary Union."


BA Hons. in Modern European Studies (German), University College London



Professional Activities


Professional affiliations: UACES (since 1999); Political Studies Association (since 2004); Higher Education Academy (Fellow since 2007, National Teaching Fellow since 2015).


Chair of University Association for Contemporary European Studies’ (UACES), 2021-24; Treasurer, 2016-19; Member of Executive Committee, 2006-9, 2012-2015.


Co-founder & Organiser of UACES Collaborative Research Network on Euroscepticism since 2011.


Member of the Editorial Board of Journal for Contemporary European Studies since 2014.


Winner Political Studies Association's Sir Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching 2012.


Numerous invited talks on both euroscepticism and learning & teaching, to academic and professional audiences.


External examiner:

  • Postgraduate European Politics programmes, London School of Economics, 2018-2021.

  • Undergraduate Politics programmes, University of Kent, 2013-16.

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate European Studies programmes, King’s College London, 2006-9.

  • Undergraduate Area Studies programmes, University of West of England, 2009-11.

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