ESRC The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative Research Coordinator

Lead Research Organisation: King's College London
Department Name: War Studies


A first task would be to monitor research on the EU and on EU-UK relations in UK universities and research institutes with a view to identifying what areas are covered and which have been neglected or under-investigated. A series of 9 scoping studies will be commissioned to provide a state of the art survey of social scientific research in crucial areas of EU activity. A second strand of work will involve liaison with researchers and research teams engaged in work on the EU with the aim of encouraging an interchange between teams or individuals working on related questions. Finally, the coordinator will help academics to achieve greater impact for their research through numerous activities intended to promote interaction and the exchange of ideas between academics, policy makers and other stakeholders.

Planned Impact

The project will enhance the impact of social scientific research on the EU, and UK relations with the EU, amongst key use communities. Research findings will be more easily accessible to these communities, and will thus be drawn on more systematically in ongoing public and political debates about the EU.


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Description Through our dissemination based work we have engaged with stakeholders from students to diplomats. We have presented research findings at a number of professional associations in including accountants and fund managers. At all these events participants have commented that their view on the upcoming referendum has been shaped by our input.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Policy & public services
Description Washington DC event on UK-EU relations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A series of panels dealing with aspects of the UK-EU relationship that led to lively discussions with the audience.

Increased awareness of the issue amongst senior American policy makers and representatives of the business community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014