Nathaniel Copsey is Professor of Politics. His research interests centre on the European Union, its politics and policies, and its relationship with its Member States. He previously worked on the politics and governance of Poland and Ukraine, with an emphasis on their path towards European integration. More recently his research has turned to British relations with the EU and the politics of reform, referendum and Brexit. He was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union politics in 2013 for a research project entitled Rethinking European Integration. His latest book Rethinking the European Union was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2015.
Professor Copsey was Head of Politics and International Relations from 2011–15. During this time, student recruitment more than doubled, student satisfaction as measured by the NSS rose from 78% in 2011 to 95% in 2014 and the research quality ranking for the group as measured by the REF increased from 20th in 2008 to 3rd in 2014.
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 University of Helsinki, College of Europe, the European Studies Institute of MGIMO in Moscow and Sciences-Po Lille. He remains a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po Rennes. Together with Dr Tim Haughton he is the Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review (JCMS AR), a part of the JCMS, 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.
Professor Copsey will be on leave from Aston University from 2015–18 during his secondment to the Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Europe Directorate, as part of the Future of Europe team.