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Thursday 12 December, 1pm, Arts 01.08 (note: different room)

Beth Neil, SWK, ‘Re-thinking adoption and birth family contact’

Sara Connolly, NBS, ‘Inequalities in parental leave across the EU’

Thursday 14 November, 1pm, Arts 01.18

Noel Longhurst, ENV and CCP, ‘Creating a Fair Economy’

Kevin Daniels, NBS, ‘Good Work’

Thursday 31 October, 1pm, Arts 01.18

Andrew Jordan, ENV, Brexit and the Environment

Nikos Skoutaris, LAW, Brexit and Borders

Thursday 17 October, 1pm, Arts 01.08

Hussein Kassim (PPL), ‘Negotiating Brexit/Negotiating the Future

Sabine Jacques ‘Brexit, EU creative industries and intellectual property’

'Politics and the Covid-19 pandemic' series 'Politics and the Covid-19 pandemic' series

We are delighted to welcome distinguished speakers from across the social sciences to share their insights on the current pandemic as part of this series convened by PSI and policy@uea. All UEA staff and students are welcome. Please email if you would like an invitation. 

Meg Russell, UCL - ‘Parliamentary scrutiny in difficult times’, Friday 22 May, 2pm. 

Meg Russell is Professor of British and Comparative Politics and Director of the Constitution Unit, at UCL, and ESRC Senior Fellow ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’. She is one of the world’s leading experts on Westminster, and is  known particularly for her work on the British House of Lords, bicameralism, and parliamentary policy influence.

Michaela Benson, Goldsmith’s, University of London - ‘Brexit, COVID and citizenship’, Friday 29 May, 2pm. 

Michaela Benson is Reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, editor-in-chief of The Sociological Review, and current recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for the project Britain and its overseas citizens: from decolonisation to Brexit. This follows from her work as the research lead for the project BrExpats: Freedom of Movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of Britons living in the EU ( An ethnographer and sociologist, she has contributed to several fields of sociological enquiry, including migration and citizenship, social class, place and belonging.

Dan Kelemen, Rutgers University - ‘Extending authoritarianism under cover of crisis’, Thursday 4 June, 2pm

Dan Kelemen is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University. His research interests address the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. He has an international reputation for his work on the EU and is a well-known commentator on and critic of the Orbán government in Hungary

Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Birkbeck, University of London - ‘The EU response to Covid’, Friday 12 June, 2pm

Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck. He has written on multiple aspects of the EU, particularly institutional development, the role of ideas and norms, and the national political processes and the EU. He recently published a book on the impact of the financial and economic crisis in Greece, and is currently working on the politics of emergency in the EU.

Shelley Lees, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - ‘Epidemics and the household: from Ebola to Covid—19’, Friday 19 June, 2pm. 

Shelley Lees is Associate Professor. in Anthropology of Gender, Violence and HIV. Her research explores gender, violence, and epidemic diseases, where she focuses on the intersections between feminist anthropology and biopolitics. She has researched local experiences of biomedical research and epidemic response on disease epidemics in Tanzania and Sierra Leone, and is currently conducting an online survey of people's experiences of the UK lockdown.

Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass, University of Cape Town - ‘The Politics of Covid-19 in South Africa’, Friday 26 June, 2pm. 

Jeremy Seekings is Professor of Political Studies and Sociology, and Director of the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town. His work ranges across political science, sociology, history and economics. Nicoli Nattrass is Professor of Economics and co-Director of the Institute for Communities and Wildlife (iCWild) at the University of Cape Town. She is well-known for her work on economic policy, AIDS, poverty and inequality, and human-wildlife conflict.

Who are we? Who are we?

Policy@uea is a grouping, based within the Political, Social and International Studies subject area, that brings together researchers with an interest in public policy, public administration and/or public management from across the University, with an occasional guest speaker.

It provides a forum for interested scholars:

  • To exchange new research ideas or research in progress
  • To report findings from completed projects
  • To discuss experience of research, including impact
  • To explore potential for cross-School or cross-Faculty collaboration
  • To discuss possible research or grant bids
  • To facilitate co-ordination of responses to calls for funding or evidence

Meetings are held at least twice a semester, depending on interest, and texts and other materials are available on a dedicated 'policy@uea' Blackboard site (registration required).

Membership is open to any members of the University with interests in the above fields.  Please send an email to if you would like to be added to the mailing list and access to the policy@uea Blackboard site.

Please direct any queries to Hussein Kassim, PSI, Alan Finlayson, PSI , or Sara Connolly, NBS.