I'm a PhD researcher working on EU environmental policies at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Throughout my studies I've looked at the environment from both a natural and social science perspective, deciding for my Masters studies to focus on the European Union and its environmental policies. After my Masters I worked for two years in a Parisian think tank (IDDRI) on sustainable agricultural policies in the EU and beyond. 

In my PhD I investigate whether EU environmental policies have experienced policy dismantling since the early 1990s. I'm particularly interested in what drives political actors to call for dismantling and the strategies they mobilise to meet their aim.

Beside my PhD work, I am an associate tutor in ENV, where I demonstrated and lectured in environmental politics and policy. I have also lectured at UEA on EU agricultural policies and environmental international organisations.

As my PhD draws to a close, I started working in October 2015 with Prof Andrew Jordan (UEA) and Dr Charlotte Burns (University of York) on the ESRC funded "UK environment and the Referendum Project", an academic review of the impacts of EU membership on the UK environmental policies, governance and quality. 

I am the committee chair of the Student Forum of UK European Studies association (UACES). As committee chair, I oversee the organisation of UACES SF events and assure the committee's presence on social medias.

I also co-write and edit a blog on EU environmental policies with Jonas Schoenefeld and Brendan Moore.

Twitter: @VGravey and @EnvEurope (for blog-related updates)


Academic Background

Msc in Politics & Government of the European Union, London School of Economics - 2010

Dissertation: Compliance of States and citizens with EU law, the case of the 1991 Nitrates Directive in France and Britain

Masters in European Affairs, SciencesPo. Paris - 2010

Bachelor in Sciences and Technologies, Université Paris VI - 2008

Dual degree in Sciences & Social Sciences, SciencesPo. Paris - 2008


All Publications

Gravey, V., Jordan, A.


Does the European Union have a reverse gear? Policy dismantling in a hyperconsensual polity,

in Journal of European Public Policy



pp. 1180-1198

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

I'm interested in all things EU, but more specifically in EU environmental policies and EU agricultural policies. 

Research Group Membership

I'm a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. I co-organised with Jonas Schoenefeld the weekly Tyndall Brownbag seminars held in ENV Jan-Dec 2014. 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

As chair of the UACES student forum committee I contribute to the student forum online presence by tweeting from @UACES_SF, and oversee the organisation of the two yearly SF events: a forthcoming workshop on teaching skills for PGR in EU studies in January 2016, and the annual SF student conference next summer.