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School of History

Mr David John Lawton

David John



My working thesis title is: 'The Remaking of British Euroscepticism, 1975-1995'. My doctoral research explores the re-emergence of Euroscepticism in Britain by investigating the role of conservative lawyers, businesspeople, journalists, and youth groups in contesting the development of the European Union beyond Parliament. My research is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is part of the collaborative transnational project '(De)Constructing Europe'.


Research Interests:

European history
British history
Legal history
Economic history
Cultural history



Public Engagement

 Organiser of international conference: '(De)Constructing Europe' at German Historical Institute in London which brought together a dozen scholars from across Europe to discuss cutting-edge research in the area of Euroscepticism and European integration history (Summer 2022)

- Conference paper given at German Historical Institute in Rome (2021)

- Conference paper at Max Weber Stiftung, Hamburg (2023)

- Conference paper given for the Society for the Promotion of Urban Discussion, University of Warwick (2022)

- Helped run an interactive public engagement workshop at the Futurium in Berlin (2022)

- Conference paper given at German Historical Institute, Warsaw (2023)

- Conference paper given for 'Beyond European legal integration: Legal text and the functioning of European law, 1945 to the present', University of Oslo (2023)

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