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18 Apr 2017

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The Economic and Social Research Council is funding 25 new research projects focusing on the process and consequences of the UK leaving the European Union.

The research covers a wide range of issues including: the public’s Brexit preferences, the impact of Brexit on stability and peace in Northern Ireland, to its effect on trade, agriculture, migration and the lives of expats and European families living in Britain.

The projects, ranging from nine to 18 months are funded as part of the ESRC’s The UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

The 25 research projects to be funded are:

  • Public Preferences and Reactions during the Brexit Process – Professor JK Curtice, National Centre for Social Research
  • Brexit and UK and EU immigration policy –Mr J Portes, King’s College London
  • What “Brexit Means Brexit” Means to Citizens –Professor SB Hobolt, London School of Economics & Political Sciences
  • Divergence, Dismantling and Contestation: Brexit and the Repoliticisation of UK Environmental Governance – Dr CJ Burns, The University of York
  • The UK/Ireland Border and the Stability of Peace and Security in Northern Ireland: Evidence from two Deliberative Democracy Exercises – Dr J Garry, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process – Professor AJ Cygan, University of Leicester
  • Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit – Dr A Renwick, University College London
  • The Economic Impacts of Post-Brexit Trade Options – Professor RS Griffith, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • The Economic Impacts on Brexit on the UK, its Regions, its Cities and its Sectors – Professor R Ortega Argiles, University of Birmingham
  • The repatriation of competences: implications for devolution –Professor N McEwen,      University of Edinburgh
  • Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences – Professor CJ Harvey, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • EU families and ‘eurochildren’ in Brexiting Britain: renegotiating inclusion, citizenship and belonging – Dr N Sigona, University of Birmingham
  • The impact of trade policy and exchange rate shocks on trade volumes and prices in post-Brexit Britain – Dr M A Crowley, University of Cambridge
  • 28+ perspectives on Brexit: a guide to the multi-stakeholder negotiations – Professor H Drake, Loughborough University
  • Citizens’ Expectations on Brexit Outcomes: ‘Fact’ Transmission and Persuasive Power in a Digital World – Professor L Cram, University of Edinburgh
  • Brexit: How might UK Agriculture Survive or Thrive? – Dr MC Hubbard, Newcastle University
  • Brexit, trade, migration and higher education – Professor S Marginson, University College London
  • The ‘Brexit Referendum’ and Identity Politics in Britain: Social Cleavages, Party Competition and the Future of Immigration and Integration Policy – Dr M Sobolewska, The University of Manchester
  • BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of Britons resident in the European Union – Dr MC Benson, Goldsmiths College
  • Fixed, Crystallising or diverging: Attitude formation and change in the run-up to Brexit – Professor AF Heath, University of Oxford
  • Negotiating Brexit: national governments, EU institutions and the UK – Professor H Kassim, University of East Anglia
  • The Economics of Brexit: Building a Bridge from Data to Policy Analysis – Dr T Sampson, London School of Economics & Pol Sci
  • The Microeconomic Consequences of Brexit – Dr S Dhingra, London School of Economics & Pol Sci
  • UK Fisheries Policy Post-Brexit: Multi-level Challenges and Opportunities – Dr C McAngus, University of Aberdeen
  • Health Law Outside the EU: Immediate, Intermediate and Long Term Impacts – Professor JV McHale, University of Birmingham

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

“I’m delighted to welcome such a range of leading scholars to our team. These new additions will reinforce the ability of The UK in a Changing Europe to respond to the high demand for accurate, research-based information from politicians, civil servants, journalists, businesses, civil society and the public at this crucial moment for the UK.”


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