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Politics and Identity

Anil Awesti

Dr Awesti’s research looks at the engagement of UK local authorities with the EU policymaking process. He is particularly interested in the implications of Brexit for disadvantaged communities and for local development funding.

Ozlem Atikcan

Dr Atikcan’s work looks at how political arguments shape public opinion in EU referendum campaigns

Gurminder Bhambra

Professor Bhambra works on issues of citizenship and belonging in the context of Britain’s imperial past. She argues that the British Empire is the appropriate context for understanding current debates around race and class and how they intersected with the vote to leave the EU.

Tatiana Coutto

Dr Coutto’s research focuses on EU politics and policymaking, and UK-EU relations. Her current projects are exploring Euroscepticism in the British media and the impact on political debate, and the turnout of young voters in the UK.

Renske Doorenspleet

Dr Doorenspleet works on democracy, democratisation and comparative politics. She is studying how the Brexit referendum has challenged perspectives on the meaning of democracy.

Leslie Francis

Professor Francis studies attitudes of young people towards immigration and the extent to which such attitudes may have affected voting in the referendum.

Katharina Lefringhausen

Dr Lefringhausen analyses host country nationals' integration with other cultural groups. Her work challenges claims of many anti-migration parties in Europe that the existence of and exposure to different cultures eradicates national cultures.

Ursula McKenna

Dr Mckenna is interested in the attitudes of young people towards immigration and the extent to which such attitudes may have affected voting in the referendum.

Kevin Morrell

Dr Morrell is studying Rhetoric in relation to the EU referendum. He has written on the rhetorical power of the word 'Brexit' in British politics. He is also studying the concept of 'post-truth' looking at reflections of this in history, such as the art of political lying.

Marijn Nieuwenhuis

Dr Nieuwenhuis is working on a project to collect and record local stories regarding the process of the referendum and its outcome.

Richard Smith

Dr Smith conducts research on how culture is represented through language teaching, comparing the UK to other EU countries.

Khursheed Wadia

Dr Wadia is analysing the attitudes of young people towards Brexit, working with Connect Futures in Birmingham