Impact Impact

Our research has an impact on government, international bodies, parliament, political parties, and communities.

Current impact case studies include:

•  Alex Brown, Combating hate speech
•  Alan Finlayson, Renewing Political Speech and Political Speechwriting
•  Toby James, Electoral Management
•  Toby James, Electoral Administration
•  Lee Jarvis, Counter-terrorism: the consequences of policy and language
•  Hussein Kassim, Negotiating Brexit
•  Hussein Kassim, Understanding the EU Civil Service
•  John Turnpenny, The price of a sparrow?  The debate over valuing nature


'The European Commission: Where now? Where next?' Launch of research briefings, 18 December 2019

UEA’s Professor Hussein Kassim, PPL, and Professor Sara Connolly, NBS, launched a series of research briefings this week based on their recent study of the European Commission. The briefings cover topics ranging from how staff viewed the structural and procedural changes introduced in 2014 that heralded the ‘political Commission’, to an analysis of the evolution of the Commission Presidency, discussion of whether the Commission is ‘an administration of lawyers’ or populated by ‘federalists and neoliberals’, and a comparison of the different pathways taken by EU nationals into the organisation.

‘The European Commission: Where now? Where next?’ is the third study of the Commission to be conducted by the team, follow earlier projects in 2008 and 2014, and the fourth in total. (A 2016 project looked at the Council Secretariat). The multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team includes Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre at the EUI, President of the EUI Professor Renaud Dehousse, Professor Michael W. Bauer, German University of Administrative Science Speyer, Dr Pierre Bocquillon UEA, and Professor Andrew Thompson, University of Edinburgh. Research assistants included Dr Vanessa Buth, Dr Nick Wright, Dr Thomas Warren, UEA, Pierre Alayrac, ENS, Mr Martin Weinrich, Ms Louisa Bayerlein, EUI, Dr Kristina Ophey, University of Cologne, and Josefine Lynggaard, UEA. 


UEA Research Informs Parliamentary Committees in two jurisdictions

In the Autumn of 2019. Professor Toby James was invited to give oral evidence to the Westminster enquiry on Electoral Law, where he argued that there was no evidence to justify voter ID requirements in polling stations. He was also invited to give oral evidence to the Scottish Finance and Constitution Committee’s scrutiny of a bill on the calling of referendums in Scotland, and evidence on the Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill which will shape how Scottish Parliamentary and local elections are run. UEA is home to the global Electoral Management Network.  

Guest lecture on cyberterrorism, 15-16 October 2019

Lee Jarvis delivered a guest lecture on cyberterrorism at the terrorism experts workshop, which was hosted by the NATO Centre of Excellence – Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara. Lee’s lecture focused on issues around the threat of, and response to, cyberterrorism, drawing on results from a recent survey of academic experts with Stuart Macdonald and Simon Lavis. Findings from their earlier work on this topic can be found here, on the definition of cyberterrorism, and here on the threat posed by cyberterrorism.


'The State of the Union after the Juncker years', EUI in Brussels event, 10 October 2019

Having wrapped up the fieldwork for, ‘The European Commission: Where now? Where next?’, the fourth project involving a multi-institutional consortium he has led on the EU administration, Hussein Kassim was invited to present findings at an event organised by the European University Institute in Brussels on 10 October. Hosted by the European Parliament, the panel (pictured) included Ilze Juhansone, acting Secretary General of the European Commission, Jim Cloos, Deputy Director General, Council Secretariat, and Maria José Martínez Iglesias, Director, Legal Service of the European Parliament. A series of briefings presenting some of the key findings from the project will be launched in the European Commission next week. These contribute to the impact case study based on the project.

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Contact: Professor Hussein Kassim (, PPL Impact Champion