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Euroscepticism, EU-UK relations and the European Union


I have been researching euroscepticism since the late 1990s. My work considers broad theoretical and practical questions about this phenomenon, as well as more specific work on the UK, on the role of pressure groups and on the media profile of eurosceptics.


More recently, I have been involved in work relating the UK's withdrawal from the EU, Brexit, especially the negotiation process between the two sides during both Article 50 and the subsequent transition period.


From December 2017 to October 2019, I was Deputy Director of the ESRC's "UK in a Changing Europe" programme, working on improving public understanding of the issues surrounding the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and conducting original research on the social media activity of key participants in that process across the EU. In 2017-19 I was Research Investigator for the 'Negotiating Brexit' project on the same ESRC programme, working with Hussein Kassim (UEA) on monitoring and analysis of EU member states' and institutions' position on the negotiating of UK withdrawal.

For an overview of my Brexit thinking, you might try this keynote address I gave at the University of Goettingen in September 2019.


Details of academic publications can be found on my CV page.


I blog regularly on these topics on the EUatOU site, as well as on ideasforeurope. I have also produced guest posts for The Conversation, LSE's EUROPP and British Politics & Policy blogs, ECFR, E!Sharp, the OUP blog and the EPERN blog.


Since 2011, I have been co-convenor of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on Euroscepticism, which brings together over one hundred researchers from around the world.


I regularly discuss these matters on local, national and international media, including TV (including CNN, BBC, EuroNews and Al-Jazeera), radio (including BBC, LBC, Radio France Internationale) and print/online (including The Guardian (UK), Washington Post (USA), London Evening Standard (UK), Time Magazine (US), Altinget (DK), Pravda (SK), Les Echos (FR).


The Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin captured a presentation (November 2013), which covers much of my general thinking on euroscepticism.


I've even done some stand-up comedy about it all (twice).

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