Brexit

Following the EU referendum result, Essex academics are available to give expert comment and analysis on the ongoing debate and the impact on the UK and the EU. They can contribute political, economic, legal and historical perspectives as the UK begins negotiations about leaving the EU.

Essex is home to the top political department in the UK and ranks in the UK’s top 20 universities for research excellence.

Our experts on Brexit



Political Scientist

Professor Paul Whiteley

Professor Paul Whiteley

Government

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A regular on TV and radio, Professor Paul Whiteley has also written many columns for the national newspapers. Paul’s was co-director of the British Election Study for 12 years and also acted as an academic adviser to the Home Office and the Department of Education.

Paul’s research has influenced both the structure and campaign activities of the main political parties in Britain and has focused on the parties, the behaviour of the electorate and political economy. He is currently writing a book about Brexit.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • Behaviour of the electorate.
  • Campaign activities of the main political parties.

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Political Scientist

Dr Rob Johns

Dr Rob Johns

Government

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One of the Principal Investigators of the 2014 Scottish Referendum Study, Dr Rob Johns enjoyed great prominence as a political pundit during the Scottish Referendum, appearing on Mind Games, BBC Scotland's documentary on the psychology of referendum campaigning, and as the studio psephologist on ITV's live overnight results programme.

Rob’s research focuses on why people think what they think about politics and he can speak widely on what forms the basis of individual voting decisions and the psychology of campaigning – particularly the role of fear, risk and negative versus positive emotions.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • What forms the basis of individual voting decisions.
  • The psychology of campaigning including fear.


Political Scientist

Professor Han Dorussen

Professor Han Dorussen

Government

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Professor Han Dorussen’s current research includes policy convergence in the European Union.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • How other European countries view Britain and Brexit.
  • The overall impact of Brexit on the future of the EU.
  • The impact of Brexit on the EU’s relations with non-EU countries such as China.


Political Scientist

Dr John Bartle

Dr John Bartle

Government

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Dr John Bartle’s areas of expertise include General Elections from a long term perspective, political leader TV debates, public opinion and voting behaviour and party election broadcasts and broadcasting.

John’s analysis of the positon of the voting public in the run up to last year’s General Election was the focus of a BBC radio and online exclusive.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • Public opinion and voting behaviour.

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Political Scientist

Professor Jonathan Slapin

Professor Jonathan Slapin

Government

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Professor Jonathan Slapin is extremely well placed to offer comment and analysis to the Brexit debate as his research focuses on European politics and integration.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • European Union institutions, parliaments, parties and elections.
  • EU bargaining and tactics.
  • EU/European positions towards Brexit.
  • The UK's position in the global economy and global trade post-Brexit.

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Management expert

Professor Vania Sena

Professor Vania Sena

Essex Business School

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Professor Vania Sena, based at our Southend Campus, is Head of the Management Science and Entrepreneurship research group of Essex Business School and Director of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

Her research interests include productivity, the characteristics of innovation in high-growth firms, and the impact of corruption on firms’ performance.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • Impact on business, funding and economic growth.


Finance expert

Professor Jerry Coakley

Professor Jerry Coakley

Essex Business School

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Professor Jerry Coakley is Deputy Director of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre. His research interests include mergers and acquisitions, crowdfunding and the financing of SMEs, and commodity market anomalies.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • Impact on business, funding and economic growth.


Management expert

Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

Essex Business School

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Professor Tazeeb Rajwani is Head of Executive Education at Essex Business School. His research areas include strategic management, nonmarket strategy, corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility and instability in international markets.

Tazeeb has written over 50 academic papers, books, chapters, reports and white papers, and to date his research has been covered by media outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • Identifying the key political risk factors of Brexit for different companies; migration tax, trade barriers etc.
  • What businesses can put in place to build in the agility required; flexible supply chain, diversification of client base etc.


Economist

Professor Gianluigi Vernasca

Professor Gianluigi Vernasca

Economics

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Having recently given an acclaimed Professorial Inaugural Lecture on the issue of Brexit, Professor Gianluigi Vernasca is ready to offer comment and analysis on the possible economic consequences of leaving the EU.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • International trade between the UK and EU.
  • Regulations the EU may impose on the UK.
  • UK funding to the EU budget.

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Sociologist

Professor Andrew Canessa

Professor Andrew Canessa

Sociology

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Gibraltarian and social anthropologist, Professor Andrew Canessa has just completed a three year, ESRC funded oral history project on Gibraltarian identity called Bordering on Britishness. Over the course of the project Andrew and his team interviewed approximately 400 Gibraltarian and Spanish residents, spanning from 16 years old to 101, and covering different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

96% of Gibraltarians voted Remain and Andrew’s interviews lay testament to the notion that most Gibraltarians see themselves as British, with a strong European identity. So what lies ahead for them once article 50 is triggered?

Andrew was recently cited in the House of Lords European Committee’s report on the impact of Brexit on Gibraltar.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • How Gibraltarian identity has developed over the 20th century; freedom of movement and communications pre-World War II, the legacy of mixed marriages, the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s rule.
  • Is dual sovereignty between Gibraltar and Spain a likely possibility?
  • The shift towards a Gibraltarian British identity in a European context
  • What now for Gibraltar?


Law expert

Professor Steve Peers

Professor Steve Peers

Law

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Professor Steve Peers is an expert in EU law with extensive national and international broadcast and print media experience.

His research interests include EU constitutional and administrative law, including human rights; justice and home affairs law; external relations law; employment law; internal market law, and particularly the free movement of EU citizens.

He has worked as a consultant for the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union and the Council of Europe. Professor Peers is editor of, and a regular writer for the EU Law Analysis blog.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • EU law.
  • EU immigration and asylum policy.
  • EU administration.
  • EU policing and criminal law.
  • EU law and human rights.
  • EU trade law.
  • EU employment and discrimination law.

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Law expert

Professor Chris Willett

Professor Chris Willett

Law

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Professor Chris Willett has 25 years’ experience of teaching, researching, publishing and advising in the areas of UK, EU and global consumer and contract law; commercial law; sales law; food law; digital content law; financial services law; and unfair terms and practices law.

His current research focuses on major legislative reform of UK consumer law; reform of UK and EU financial services law; the values and ethics of UK and EU consumer law; and global regulation of light pollution.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • EU consumer rights laws on issues such as poor quality and unsafe goods, unfair and small print contract terms, aggressive and misleading sales and advertising, and holidays and flights.
  • How EU consumer rights laws have improved the position of UK consumers.


Law expert

Dr Yseult Marique

Dr Yseult Marique

Law

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Dr Yseult Marique has ten years’ experience researching and publishing in the areas of public and administrative law, including public contracts, public procurement, public audit, state organisation, federalisation, and corruption. Her research looks at the legal interactions between the EU level and member states, especially the UK, France and Belgium.

Her current research focuses on the development of a European legal culture, that can be incrementally built based on Member States’ own legal, constitutional and administrative identities and on the ways in which that European legal culture encapsulates values on how citizens’ welfare needs to be provided.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • Pluralism, diversity and competition in the provision of public services.
  • Subsidiarity between EU level and state level, and between public bodies and (non) economic actors.
  • Relationships between public authorities and the market within a European economic constitution.

Dr Marique can give interviews in French and Dutch.



Historian

Dr David Rundle

Dr David Rundle

History

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Dr David Rundle is Co-Director of the Centre for Bibliographical History at Essex and an expert on the intellectual and cultural history of Renaissance Europe, including the British Isles.

His research is particularly interested in the travels of ideas across Renaissance Europe. He was a key contributor to an edition of BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time which focused on Caxton and the printing press.

His bonaelitterae blog discusses cultural and intellectual issues relating to the Renaissance. Dr Rundle's research includes the construction of European identity and the contribution of the British Isles to this identity at the time when 'Europe' first came to be used as a cultural identification.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • The contested history of the concept of a shared European identity.
  • The British Isles’ changing relationship with the European identity.


Historian

Professor Rainer Schulze

Professor Rainer Schulze

History

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Professor Rainer Schulze is an expert in the history of the Holocaust and Holocaust memory, but he is equally interested in the history of European integration and the way the 'European idea' has slowly emerged from the ruins of European civilisation left behind by the Nazis. He has developed and taught for many years a very popular first-year undergraduate module on this topic – 'From Disunity to Unity? An Introduction to the History of Europe in the 20th Century'.

Professor Schulze was born and raised in Germany and so brings a different perspective to the discussions within the UK around EU membership. From 2011-2013, he was the Director of the Human Rights Centre at Essex.

Areas of expertise relating to Brexit

  • The history of European integration.
  • The role of Germany within the European Economic Community/European Community/European Union.
  • The European Union and democratic values, civil liberties and human rights.