The NEXTEUK project aims to study the future of EU-UK relations in light of Brexit. It provides cutting-edge research and teaching, and engages in innovative policy and public engagement activities in a wide range of policy areas involving young and senior academics, students, the general public as well as policymakers. It offers a structured space for academic and policy reflection on the future of the EU-UK relationship.
Specifically, the project is structured around three main research axes:
- The historical achievements of the EU-UK relationship and identifies relevant best practice.
- It analyses the roots of Brexit and its implications for European integration and British politics
- It offers forward-looking analysis on the future of the EU-UK relationship and formulating policy-relevant recommendations.
NEXTEUK also creates new avenues for enhanced academic and policy cooperation between the EU and the UK and promotes a better understanding of each other's mutual interests and common future in a rapidly evolving global order. In particular, it deals with timely issues such as Euroscepticism, public discontent, and populism in, as well as immigration to the UK and the rest of Europe.
NEXTEUK intends to provide analysis and advice to EU and UK policymakers in areas of mutual interest such as Trade; Migration, borders and asylum; Security, police and criminal cooperation including cybercrime; Relations with the US, the Middle East and North Africa as well as China.
The composition of the NEXTEUK team is cross-disciplinary, covering various aspects of the EU-UK relationship such as law, business and management, economics, geography, history, politics and international relations. Our team is also gender-balanced, ranging from junior to more senior scholars with British, other European and international backgrounds and experience.
International Advisory Board
The independent International Advisory Board (IAB) of invited external experts provides academic guidance on research design and methodology, enhance the dissemination capacity of the project, and provide advice that feeds into research activities. The IAB meets once a year and is consulted by the managing board on a regular basis for the evaluation of all project activities. A close evaluation takes place following each major event such as NEXTEUK conferences, summer schools and roundtables.
ULIP – Partner in Paris
In the framework of the NEXTEUK project, we are creating a new structural relationship between the Centre for European Research (CER) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). ULIP will host two seminars per academic year, host our 2022 annual conference in Paris as well as the 2022 PhD summer school.
While QMUL has long developed a successful educational partnership with ULIP, jointly running a Master’s programme in International Relations since 2015, as well as a Bachelor’s programme in the same subject since 2018/2019, NEXTEUK is the opportunity to enhance our cooperation on the research and public engagement fronts, in particular through the involvement of PhD students and a policy roundtable in 2021 that will reach out to French and European policymakers.