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Dr. Angus Armstrong

Angus is Director of Macroeconomics at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). Angus was an ESRC Senior Fellow in the lead up to the Scottish Referendum, covering currency and debt options.

For this project Angus will assess the costs and benefits of EU membership for UK’s financial services. In particular, the opportunities and challenges of being Europe’s centre for financial services while most of the rest of Europe moves towards a banking union.


Professor Catherine Barnard

Catherine Barnard is Professor in European Union Law and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge, and senior tutor and fellow of Trinity College. She specialises in EU law and employment law. She has advised the government over the Balance of Competence Review.

For the project she will be working with Dr Amy Ludlow on a project entitled: ‘ “Honeypot Britain?” The Lived experience of working as an EU migrant in the UK’ where she will be looking particularly at the question of migrant workers’ access to benefits in the UK.

Iain Begg

Professor Iain Begg

Iain Begg is a professorial research fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research work is on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance.

He is currently researching the politics of fiscal policy in Europe as well as the future of the EU’s cohesion policy. For this project Iain will look at the evolution of economic governance in Europe and how it impinges on the UK-EU relationship.


Professor Damian Chalmers

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 will be looking 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

Professor Laura Cram

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 this project she will be focusing 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.

Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde

Professor John Curtice

John Curtice is politics professor at the University of Strathclyde and research consultant to NatCen Social Research.

He has been co-editor of NatCen’s British Social Attitudes reports since 1994 and co-director of the Scottish Social Attitudes survey since 1999. For the initiative he will be focusing on public opinion and Britain's relationship with Europe and develop a website that brings together key polling data together with commentary and analysis.

Matthew Goodwin

Professor Matthew Goodwin

Matthew Goodwin is a politics professor at the University of Kent, and associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

Matthew's main area of research is political behaviour in Britain and Europe, with a particular interest in political parties, electoral behaviour, euroscepticism and immigration. For the project he will look at the drivers of public and party-based euroscepticism in the UK.

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Dr Sara Hagemann

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 will focus on how national parliaments - and the UK parliament in particular - can play a more prominent role in EU politics today. Sara will also provide 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 case Britain leaves the EU.


Professor Alison Harcourt

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 investigates 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.

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Professor Simon Hix

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 this project he will look at the positions and influence of UK politicians and civil servants on EU decision-making.

Jo Hunt

Dr Jo Hunt

Dr Jo Hunt, reader at Cardiff University’s School of Law, is an expert in EU law and its implications for the UK, particularly in respect to how it may be applied differently across the devolved regions.

For the project she will look at the devolution of legal powers to Wales in the context of the UK's membership of the EU.

Hussein Kassim

Professor Hussein Kassim

Hussein Kassim is politics professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Hussein investigates European Union institutions, the relationship between the EU and the member states, especially the UK and Europe, and EU policy. For the project he will assess the UK’s membership of the EU looking at the influence and impact on both sides.

Michael Keating

Professor Michael Keating

Michael Keating is politics professor at the University of Aberdeen and director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Constitutional Change.

He recently completed a project on Europe focusing on historical, functional, institutional, political, institutional and normative perspectives on territory. For this project he will look at how the UK is changing within the context of an ever changing Europe.

Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes is principal research fellow of the National Institute of Economic & Social Research.

Previously, he was chief economist at the Cabinet Office, and before that chief economist at the Department of Work and Pensions. For this initiative he will look at the economic and social impacts of free movement of workers within the European Union and the broader economic impacts of ‘Brexit.’

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Dr Simon Usherwood

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 will be working 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.”

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Professor Richard G. Whitman

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 current 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 will examine the costs and benefits of the UK’s participation in the EU’s foreign, security and defence policies.

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