About us

The UK in a Changing Europe promotes rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU).

It provides an authoritative, non-partisan and impartial reference point for those looking for information, insights and analysis about UK-EU relations that stands aside from the politics surrounding the debate.

The Initiative’s work is tailored to be easily accessible to policy makers, businesses, journalists, civil society organisations, educational institutions and the general public who are interested in the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and based at King’s College London, the Initiative will explore the key aspects of UK and EU dynamics, including:

  • Impact of EU policies: how EU policies make a difference in areas such as, the single market, financial regulation, trade, investment, growth and the free movement of people
  • Attitudes towards the EU: social and political attitudes, the nature of euroscepticism, generational differences, the media’s role
  • A Changing UK in a Changing EU: differences in public opinion in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; implications of constitutional changes in the UK and implications of British exit for different parts of the UK.

The research findings will be presented through events, workshops, debates, talks, e-books, briefing papers, reports, blogs, social media and the press.

UK in a Changing Europe staff

Anand Menon
Professor Anand Menon

Director of UK in a Changing Europe

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London and Director of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.

He has written widely on many aspects of EU politics and policy and on UK-EU relations. He is a frequent contributor to the media on matters relating to British relations with the EU.


Ben Miller – communications project officer

Phoebe Couzens – centre manager

Navjyot Lehl – communications assistant

Dr John-Paul Salter – researcher

Dr Camilla Macdonald – researcher

Luigi Scazzieri – researcher

Former senior fellows

Damian Chalmers is Professor of EU Law, London School of Economics and Political Science. His specialisation is EU Law and the law of regional organisations.
During the fellowship, Damian looked at both the effects of EU law on non EU law States and the different models of regional trade arrangements around the world that may offer alternative models in the event of Brexit.

Laura Cram is professor of European politics at the University of Edinburgh. She has an established track-record of research on European Union policy processes and identity. For the project she focused on the EU in the public imagination and how to maximise the impact of interdisciplinary insights and tools drawn from political science, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and informatics. Follow Laura on Twitter here.

Dr Sara Hagemann is Assistant Professor in EU Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science. She specialises in questions of transparency and accountability in political systems, policy processes and representation in the European Union, and the link between the EU and national political systems. During the fellowship, Sara focused on how national parliaments – and the UK parliament in particular – can play a more prominent role in EU politics. Sara also provided analysis of the role and influence of the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK’s continued cooperation with its European partners in the case of Britain leaving the EU. Follow Sara on Twitter here.

Alison Harcourt is a Professor at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter. She is an expert in EU communications regulation and its implications for the UK. Her research project investigated whether changes to communications policy at the European level might affect UK interests and how UK-based stakeholders might change their preferences as a result of Brexit.

Simon Hix is professor of European and Comparative Politics, and the Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main areas of research and teaching are comparative democratic institutions and politics, elections and decision-making in the European Union. For the project he looked at the positions and influence of UK politicians and civil servants on EU decision-making. Follow Simon on Twitter here.

Hussein Kassim is politics professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia. Hussein investigated European Union institutions, the relationship between the EU and the member states, especially the UK and Europe, and EU policy. For the project he assessed the UK’s membership of the EU looking at the influence and impact on both sides.

Dr Simon Usherwood is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Surrey. He has worked for many years on euroscepticism, both theoretically and in relation to the UK, as well as British-EU relations more generally. For his Fellowship, he worked on analysis of the campaigning materials of the different groups, as well as pursuing various forms of dissemination, including his podcast on the EU referendum, “A diet of Brussels”. Follow Simon on Twitter here.

Professor Richard G. Whitman is Director of the Global Europe Centre and Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. His research interests include the external relations and foreign and security and defence policies of the EU, and the governance and future priorities of the EU. For the project he examined the costs and benefits of the UK’s participation in the EU’s foreign, security and defence policies. Follow Richard on Twitter here.

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