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Professor Nathaniel Copsey

Associate Dean, Marketing and International Recruitment / Head of Politics and International Relations / Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe

Nat Copsey

Nathaniel Copsey is Professor in Politics, Head of the Politics and International Relations group, Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe and Associate Dean for International Relations and Marketing. His research interests centre on the European Union, its politics and policies, and its relationship with its Member States. He has also worked on the politics and governance of Poland and Ukraine, with an emphasis on their path towards European integration. Together with Alan Mayhew and Christophe Hillion, he is a co-director of the Wider Europe Programme, a collaborative, policy-oriented network of practitioners and academics with an interest in the external relations of the European Union, especially the European Neighbourhood Policy. He was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union politics in 2013 for his latest research project which is entitled Rethinking European Integration.

On graduating from the College of Europe, he worked as a presenter at Telewizja Polska in Warsaw and subsequently in London at the international think tank, the Policy Network. He has taught at the College of Europe, Sciences-Po Rennes, the University of Helsinki and the European Studies Institute of MGIMO in Moscow. He is a Visiting Academic Fellow at the Sussex European Institute and University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Together with Tim Haughton he is the Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review (JCMS AR), which has been the leading journal of European integration studies since 1962. Much of his work is applied in nature and he has advised, briefed and written reports for a wide range of research users on European Union politics and policy, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the EU’s Committee of the Regions, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Polish Ministry of Regional Development, US Congress and the UK’s Labour Party. 

  • DPhil (Political Science) Sussex
  • MA (European Political and Administrative Studies) College of Europe
  • BA (Modern History) Oxford
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate Modules

  • LP1016 Europe and the Making of the Modern World
  • LP1025 Europe and the Making of the Modern World 1
  • LP3008 - Central and East European Politics  


Postgraduate Modules

  • LPM040 - Rethinking European Integration 

 

Single Authored Monographs
  • Copsey, N. (2015) Rethinking the European Union (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 304pp).
  • Copsey, N. (2009) Public Opinion and the Making of Foreign Policy in the 'New Europe’ (Farnham: Ashgate) 


Edited Volumes

  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2014) (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2013 (Wiley-Blackwell, 240pp).
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2013) (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2012 (Wiley-Blackwell, 238pp.). Includes a ‘State of the Union’ article by Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister.
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2012) (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2011 (Wiley-Blackwell, 232pp.).
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2011) (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2010 (Wiley-Blackwell, 298pp.). Includes a ‘State of the Union’ address by Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament.
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2010) (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2009 (Wiley-Blackwell, 292pp.). Includes a ‘State of the Union’ address by Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank.
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2009) (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2008 (Wiley-Blackwell, 304pp.). Includes a ‘State of the Union’ address by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.


Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Copsey, N. and Pomorska, K. (2014) ‘The Influence of the Newer Member States in the European Union. The Case of Poland and the Eastern Partnership’. Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 421–43.
  • Copsey, N. and Connolly, R. (2011) ‘The Economic Crisis and Ukraine’s European Integration Programme’. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 27, Nos. 3–4, pp. 541–65.
  • Copsey, N. and Pomorska, P. (2010) ‘Poland’s Power and Influence in the European Union: the Case of its Eastern Policy’. Comparative European Politics. Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 304–26.
  • Copsey, N. and Shapovalova, N. (2010) ‘Europe and the Ukrainian Presidential Elections of 2010’. Representation. Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 211–25.
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2009) ‘The Choices for Europe? National Preference Formation in Old and New Member States’. JCMS, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 263–86.
  • Copsey, N. (2008) ‘Remembrance of Things Past: the Lingering Impact of the Past on Polish-Ukrainian Relations’. Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 60, No. 4, pp. 531–60.
  • Copsey, N. (2008) ‘The Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections of 2007’. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 297–309.
  • Copsey, N. (2006) ‘The Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections of 2006’. Representation, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 333–45.
  • Copsey, N. (2005) ‘Popular Politics and the Ukrainian Presidential Election of 2004’. Politics, Vol. 23, 2005, pp. 99–106.


Book Chapters

  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2014) ‘Farewell Britannia?’ In Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2013 (Wiley-Blackwell).
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2014) ‘Editorial’. In Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2013 (Wiley-Blackwell). Publication date: July 2014, pp. 1–7.
  • Copsey, N. ‘The EU and Central Europe’. In White, S. (2013) and Batt, J. (eds) Developments in East Central European Politics (Palgrave), pp. 102–118.  
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2013) ‘Edging Away from the Abyss the EU in 2012’. In Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union, (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 1–6.
  • Copsey, N. (2012) ‘Poland: An Awkward Partner Redeemed’. In Bulmer, S. and Lequesne, C. The Member States of the European Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 186–211.
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2012) ‘Desperate, but not Serious: the EU in 2011’. In Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2011 (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 1–6.
  • Copsey, N. (2012) ‘Poland’s SLD and the European Constitutional Treaty’. In Roder, K. and Holmes, M. (ed) The Left and the European Constitutional Treaty (Manchester: Manchester University Press), pp. 252–69.  
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2011) ‘Kill or Cure for the Euro? The EU in 2010’. In Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2010 (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 1–7.
  • Copsey, N. and Pomorska, P. (2011) ‘Poland’s Power and Influence in the European Union: the Case of its Eastern Policy’. In Góra, M. and Zielińska, K. Democracy, State and Society: European Integration in Central and Eastern Europe (Cracow: Jagiellonian University Press), pp. 250–71.
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2010) ‘A Turning Point for Europe? The EU in 2009’. In Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2009 (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 1–7.
  • Copsey, N. (2010) ‘Ukraine’. In Ó Beacháin, D. and Polese, A. (eds) The Colour Revolutions in the Former Soviet Republics Successes and Failures (Abingdon: Routledge), pp. 30–44.
  • Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2009) ‘The Gathering Storm: the EU in 2008’.
  • Copsey, N. (2009) ‘Parliament and the Making of Polish National Preferences in the European Union’. In Àgh, A. and Kis-Varga, J. (ed) The Global Crisis and the EU Responses: The Perspectives of the SBH Team Presidency (Budapest: Together for Europe Research Centre)
  • Copsey, N. (2007) ‘Ukraine’s 2005 Presidential Election’. In Jurkowska, A. (ed) Beyond the Borders: the EU and Ukraine (Rzesz
  • Copsey, N. (2005) ‘Europe and the Ukrainian Presidential Elections of 2004’. In Tanchev, E. and Nikolov, K.Y. (eds) One Enlargement is Not Enough (Sofia: BECSA).


Working Papers

  • Copsey, N., Moore, C. and O’Donnell, C.M. (2009) ‘Bringing the Policy Back In: A New Agenda for the European Union in 2020’. (London: Centre for European Reform).
  • Copsey, N. (2008) ‘Focus Groups and the Political Scientist’. ERI Working Paper, No. 22.
  • Copsey, N. (2007) ‘The Member States and the European Neighbourhood Policy’, Birmingham: ERI Working Paper, No. 20.
  • Copsey, N. and Mayhew, A. (2007) (eds) ‘European Neighbourhood Policy: the Case of Ukraine’. Sussex European Institute, Seminar Papers, No. 1.
  • Copsey, N. (2006) ‘Echoes of the Past in Contemporary Politics: the case of Polish-Ukrainian Reconciliation’, SEI Working Paper, No. 87.
  • Copsey, N. (2006) ‘Europe and the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections of 2006’, EPERN Election Briefing, SEI.
  • Copsey, N. and Mayhew, A. (eds) (2005) Ukraine and the European Neighbourhood Policy (Brighton: SEI).
  • Copsey, N. (2005) ‘Europe and the Ukrainian Presidential Elections of 2004, EPERN Election Briefing Paper, SEI, 2005.
  • Copsey, N. and Szczerbiak, S. (2005) ‘The Future of Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Ukraine in the Polish European Parliament Election of 2004’, SEI Working Paper, No. 84, SEI, 2005.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College 
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Political Science Association (PSA)
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Research & Tenders Awarded Grants (All Principal Investigator)

  • ESRC 000-2202723Small Grant for project on ‘Poland’s Power and Influence in the European Union: the Case of its Eastern Policy’ (2008–10) (£22,624) (Final Grade: very good);
  • British Academy Exchange with the Polish Academy of Sciences Grant (April–July 2008) (£3,000);
  • Polish Government Research Grant (May 2008) (£1,500);
  • UACES Research Grant (2005) (£2,500) for focus group research in Poland and Ukraine.
  • Swedish International Development Agency 2008–09 for advice to the Government of Sweden on assisting Ukraine on its path towards European integration (€150,000) (Co-author of tender with Alan Mayhew);
  • European Commission 2008–09 for the organisation of a conference at the University of Birmingham on 14 and 15 May 2009 on the Future of Europe, ‘Bringing the Policy Back In’ (€41,000) (Co-author of tender with Carolyn Moore);
  • Swedish International Development Agency 2009–10 for (€150,000) for advice to the Government of Sweden on assisting Ukraine on its path towards European integration (Co-author of tender with Johanna Strandh);
  • European Commission 2009–10 for the organisation of a conference on the European Union’s relations with its eastern neighbours (€13,781).
  • European Commission 2009–10 for the organisation of a series of three conferences on Green Growth, the European Parliament and the 20th anniversary of 1989 (€25,000).
  • European Commission 2010–11 for the organisation of a series of conferences on the UK in Europe and the EU2020 Agenda (€25,000).
  • Committee of the Regions 2010–12 for consultancy on regional dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy (co-author of tender with Carolyn Rowe) (€320,000).
  • European Commission 2011–12 for the organisation of two conferences on the UK and the euro area and on relations with the BRIC countries (€20,000).
  • Swedish International Development Agency 2011–13 for advice on Ukraine’s European integration agenda (2.171 million SEK, €238,000, co-author of tender with Josefin Persdotter).
  • European Commission 2012–13 for the Aston New Europe Series (€25,000) (co-author of tender with Carolyn Rowe).
  • Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies 2013–16, Lifelong Learning Programme, (€45,000).
Room: N802  
Email: n.copsey@aston.ac.uk

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