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13 Dec 2018

Politics and Society

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is announcing £3.5m of funding for projects researching long-term implications for governance after Brexit. These projects will run for between one and three years and generally commence in December 2018.

Projects announced under the governance after Brexit programme call

  • Projects will investigate issues such as sovereignty, health governance, hate crime and post-Brexit Northern Ireland
  • 10 projects awarded at universities across the UK

Brexit will have an impact on a wide range of issues in the UK including and not limited to, the UK’s constitutional arrangements; public service provision and delivery and economic performance across different places and sectors such as agriculture industries. These projects seek to explore how these issues play out across different localities, regions, and nations in the UK.

The call is split into two separate types of project. Innovation projects were encouraged to demonstrate conceptual and theoretical innovation and the development of novel research methods. The Larger Grants incorporate projects that will work across multiple themes and locations along with making use of ethnographic and/or comparative methods.

The governance after Brexit programme will work closely with the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative to maximise the wider impact of its distinctive long term research perspective on Brexit.

UK in a Changing Europe provides authoritative, non-partisan and high-quality research into the moving and complicated relationship between the UK and the European Union.

Professor Daniel Wincott, Cardiff University, ESRC Leadership Coordinator for Governance after Brexit said: “governance after Brexit is a new programme of ESRC funded research that sets Brexit in a long term perspective.

Today, considerable uncertainty attaches to Brexit. If UK is to make the best of its relationships with the EU and the wider world we need to look beyond the febrility and contentiousness that mark the current debate.

Social scientists are uniquely placed to interrogate Brexit’s deep causes and consequences. The governance after Brexit programme projects will develop fundamental research to generate new evidence and understanding. Each has a clear strategy to use its research to impact on the economy and society, politics and policy.”

The full list of awards are as follows:

Larger grants

  • How Does Post-Brexit Britain Wish To Exercise Its Sovereignty? Professor John Curtice, National Centre for Social Research
  • Northern Exposure: Race, Nation and Disaffection in “Ordinary” Towns and Cities after Brexit, Professor Adrian Favell, University of Leeds
  • Health Governance after Brexit: Law, Language and Legitimacy, Professor Tamara Hervey, University of Sheffield
  • Agri-Environmental Governance Post-Brexit : Co-production of policy frameworks, Dr Ruth Little, University of Sheffield
  • EEA Public Services Research Clinic: EEA PSRC, Dr Charlotte O’Brien, University of York

Innovation grants

  • Brexit, Relationships and Everyday Family Life, Dr Katherine Davies, University of Sheffield
  • Learning from ‘Left-Behind’ places: everyday hopes and fears for the future after Brexit in England, Professor Jeanette Edwards, The University of Manchester
  • Performing Identities: Post-Brexit Northern Ireland and the reshaping of 21st-Century Governance, Mr Colin Murray, Newcastle University
  • English Champagne? Geographical Indications (GIs) and productivity after Brexit, Professor Stephen Roper, University of Warwick
  • Hate Crime After Brexit: Linking Terrestrial and New Forms of Data to Inform Governance, Professor Matthew Williams, Cardiff University


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