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23 Nov 2017

UK-EU Relations

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is delighted to announce two new appointments to the UK in a Changing Europe and the Governance after Brexit programmes.

ESRC has appointed the University of Surrey’s Dr Simon Usherwood as Deputy Director of The UK in a Changing Europe. He will assist with the planning and co-ordination of the organisation’s activities, liaising with researchers supported by the initiative, working with key stakeholders and deputising as appropriate for the Director. His appointment will commence on 1 December 2017.

Cardiff University’s Professor Daniel Wincott has been appointed as Leadership Coordinator, Governance and Brexit Research, for 25 recently commissioned Brexit priority grants. He will help to maximise the impact of these investments and convey the research to policymakers, civil servants, parliamentarians, as well as the general public. He will also play a key role in the intellectual development of the wider research portfolio in this area, as well as scope and co-ordinate activity for the forthcoming Governance after Brexit programmes. His appointment will also commence on 1 December 2017.

Dr Usherwood and Professor Wincott will work alongside UK in a Changing Europe’s Director, Professor Anand Menon.

Dr Usherwood said: “It’s an honour to be joining the programme as Deputy Director. I’m looking forward to building our presence across the UK and beyond, helping people to make sense of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, which is one of the most important and consequential items of public policy for many years.

“My research into the social media activity of Europe ministers from across the EU – clearly links in with this, by helping people in the UK to understand much more about the Article 50 process and the interests and approaches of the EU’s member states.”

Professor Wincott said: “I am delighted to be taking up the position of Leadership Coordinator, Governance and Brexit Research.  I look forward to working with the 25 Brexit priority grant projects to maximise the collective value and impact of their invaluable analyses. These projects enhance the research foundations for the UK in a Changing Europe initiative. I will work closely with Director Anand Menon, and newly appointed Deputy Director Simon Usherwood, to build on this initiative and further enhance its work.

“However our negotiations to leave the EU unfold, Brexit processes will have a profound impact on the UK and how we are all governed. The ESRC’s upcoming Governance after Brexit programmes will address the challenges and opportunities created as our relationship with the EU changes.  It provides an exciting opportunity for fundamental social science research to engage public debate and help inform decision makers in this new context. I feel privileged to have been chosen to design and lead these major new ESRC programmes.”

A full list of all 25 Brexit Priority grants and further details on the UK in a Changing Europe can be found here


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