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Seminar series
Challenging Europe

Brexit: Where are we, how did we get here, and what’s happening to our politics?

Join two experts on British Politics, Phil Cowley and Tim Bale in discussing the recent referendum and its impact on British Politics and the UK’s relationship with the EU.  Why did Leave win?  What does the result mean for the UK’s political parties both in the long and short term?  What sort of deal with the EU should we expect to take shape?  And is there any chance of a second referendum or, as the UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May keeps insisting, does ‘Brexit mean Brexit’? Paul Docherty, Director British Council France, will chair this event.


18:00: Registration

18:30: Debate

19:15: Discussion

20:00: Drinks reception

The event is free but numbers are limited; please register in advance to reserve your place.

This debate forms part of our Challenging Europe: European Politics in Focus Seminar Series, a University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) joint seminar series. The series looks at the current challenges facing Europe and offering a lively forum for debate and discussion for all and any interested parties.

The seminar features leading academics from both QMUL and ULIP, many of whom will be involved in the teaching of ULIP's new MA in International Relations

The seminar series continues throughout the autumn.   

The Participants

Tim Bale - Brexit: Impact on British politics at the University of London Insitute in Paris

Professor Tim Bale

Professor of Politics

School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London 


Prof Tim Bale graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  After teaching English in Spain, he did a Masters Degree at Northwestern University in the USA.  Following a few years spent working for the NHS, he returned to do a PhD at the Department of Politics at Sheffield University, where he then lectured for a year.  After Sheffield, he taught politics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand until 2003 and then at Sussex University until 2012. For four years he was the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research's annual Political Data Yearbook.  In 2008 he won the Political Studies Association's Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching.  He was the co-founder of the PSA's specialist group on Conservatives and Conservatism.  He also provides an Internet Guide to European Politics to accompany his book, European Politics: a Comparative Introduction, the third edition of which was published in the spring of 2013. Tim's media work includes writing for the Financial Times and the Guardian, and he has appeared on various BBC radio and television programmes.  In 2011 he received the Political Studies Association's W.J.M. Mackenzie prize for his book The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron.  His latest books are The Conservatives since 1945: the Drivers of Party Change.  and Five Year Mission. The Labour Party under Ed Miliband.  He occasionally tweets @ProfTimBale. You can find his non-academic writing on his blog.


Phil Cowley - next Challenging Europe seminar at the University of London Institute in Paris

Professor Phil Cowley

Professor of Politics

School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London 


Prof Phil Cowley Having previously worked at the University of Nottingham and the University of Hull, Philip Cowley joined Queen Mary in early 2016.

He has been co-convenor of the PSA’s Elections, Public Opinion and Parties specialist group and is one of the editors of Parliamentary Affairs. He has won various prizes from the Political Studies Association for his research, including their Richard Rose Prize for the best young scholar working on British politics and the Political Communication prize. In 2003, he received the PSA’s W.J.M. Mackenzie prize for his book Revolts and Rebellions, and more recently, along with Mark Stuart, he won the PSA’s Innovation in Teaching award in 2013 for the teaching of parliament.

His most recent books include Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box(co-edited with Robert Ford) and The British General Election of 2015 (co-written with Dennis Kavanagh).

His media work has included articles for the most major British newspapers and magazines, and he has appeared on various BBC radio and television programmes. He tweets @philipjcowley, and various non-academic writings of his appear on his research blog.  


Paul Docherty - Photo Credit: Hugh Fulton - chair at the next Challenging Europe seminar at the University of London Institute in Paris

Paul Docherty

Director British Council France

Paul took up the post of Director British Council France in April 2013.

Prior to this he was Director UK 2012, Director British Council Scotland, and Director British Council Italy. Paul has also worked for the British Council in Helsinki, Moscow, Prague and London. After graduating from Strathclyde University he taught English Language and Literature in Spain and then at Moscow State University.

After completing his M.Litt in Linguistics he joined the British Council. Paul has wide ranging interests in all aspects of education and the arts, especially music. He has served on a variety of governing and advisory boards for cultural and educational institutions and educational charities both in the UK and abroad. He has a keen interest in cultural diplomacy, cultural relations and cultural policy and has delivered guest lectures on these topics at various universities and institutions all over the world. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008. 


Event contact

For further information, please contact Rebecca Pouget or Eric Erdle.