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Francesca Melhuish


Francesca Melhuish is a PhD Candidate (PAIS Fellow). She has an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick and a BA (MA Oxon) in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. Francesca's research intersects the fields of British Politics, Political Economy, and EU Studies.


On 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. This comes after a critical period where the EU has been beset by ‘crisis’. How are these events linked? Francesca's research focuses on how political elites strategically repurposed the UK’s persistent Eurosceptic traditions to inform, define, and frame imaginaries of the Eurozone and refugee ‘crises’ during the Brexit referendum campaign. Her project intervenes in deep-rooted debates about the nature of political change through time to develop a temporally-sensitive hybrid model that explains the fundamental transformation of Brexit as a product of both gradual periods of incremental adjustment, and critical moments of ‘crisis’-driven disjuncture. Francesca's research contributes the insights of Political Economy and Insitutionalist approaches to the extant EU Studies Euroscepticism literature in order to provide a novel way of theorising the relationship between Euroscepticism, 'crisis', and political change through time.


Dr Vicki Squire

Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge

Other research projects

Francesca is also a Research Assistant on the British Academy project 'Humorous States: New Diplomacy and the Rise of Comedy in IR', led by Dr James Brassett and Dr Chris Browning.


Melhuish, F 2016, 'Why Do We Need a Gender Analysis in International Political Economy?', E-IR 


Francesca is a seminar tutor for PO133 Foundations of Political Economy.

Advice & Feedback hours

Fridays (Term 1 only) - 11am to 12pm in D2.09, or by email.


From January 2016 to December 2017 Francesca worked as a Research Project Officer and Research Grants Administrator for Professor Tom Sorell and the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group. She has particular expertise in research project management, new bid development, and workshop/conference organisation.

Francesca has also previously worked in teaching administration at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, and in student professional development at Coventry University.

Fran Melhuish

PhD Candidate (PAIS Fellow)

F dot Melhuish at warwick dot ac dot uk