Nathaniel Copsey is Reader 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.