DPhil (Political Science) Sussex
MA (European Political and Administrative Studies) College of Europe
BA (Modern History) Oxford
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Nathaniel Copsey is Reader in Politics, Head of the Politics and International Relations group and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe. His research interests centre on the politics of European integration, in particular the relations between the European Union and its eastern neighbours. He has also worked on the politics and governance of Poland and Ukraine. 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 European Neighbourhood Policy.
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.
Able to comment for the media on:
European Union politics
The Eurozone crisis
Membership of Professional Organisations
- 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 Grants (All Principal Investigator)
- ESRC 000-2202723 Small Grant for project on ‘Poland’s Power and Influence in the European Union: the Case of its Eastern Policy’ (2008–10) (£22,624)
- 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.
Selected Recent Publications
(2012) Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2011 (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).
(2011) Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (eds) JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2010 (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).
(2010) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2009 (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).
(2009) Public Opinion in the Borderlands and the Making of Foreign Policy in Poland and Ukraine (Farnham: Ashgate).
(2009) The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2008 (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).
Articles and Chapters
Copsey, N. (2012) ‘Poland’ in Bulmer, S. and Lequesne, C. (eds) The Member States of the European Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2012) ‘Editorial: Desperate but Not Serious? The EU in 2011’. JCMS Annual Review of the European Union, Vol. 50, s1.
Copsey, N. (2012) ‘Poland’s SLD and the European Constitutional Treaty’. Chapter for Roder, K. and Holmes, M. (ed) The Left and the European Constitutional Treaty (Manchester: Manchester University Press).
Copsey, N. and Pomorska, P. (2012) ‘The Influence of Newer Member States in the European Union: the Case of Poland and the Eastern Partnership’. Europe-Asia Studies.
Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2011) ‘Editorial: 2010, Kill or Cure for the Euro?’ JCMS Annual Review of the European Union, Vol. 49, s1.
Copsey, N. and Connolly, R. (2011) ‘The Economic Crisis and Ukraine’s European Integration Programme’. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics
Copsey, N. and Pomorska, K. (2010) ‘Poland’s Power and Influence in the European Union: the Case of its Eastern Policy’. Comparative European Politics. Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 281–303.
Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2010) ‘Editorial: A Turning Point for Europe?’ JCMS AR, Vol. 48, s.1.
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).
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) ‘Editorial: The Gathering Storm’. JCMS AR, Vol. 47, s.1.
Copsey, N. and Haughton, T. (2009) ‘The Choices for Europe? National Preference Formation in Old and New Member States’. JCMS, Vol. 47, No. 2.
Copsey, N. (2008) ‘Remembrance of Things Past: the Lingering Impact of the Past on Polish-Ukrainian Relations’. Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 60, No. 4.
Copsey, N. (2008) ‘The Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections of 2007’. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 24, No, June 2008.
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. Chosen as best article in Politics of 2005.
Consultancy and Engagement with Research Users
Nat has advised a wide range of public and private sector organizations. Partners have included the EU’s Committee of the Regions on the implications of the European Neighbourhood Policy for local and regional government; the US Congress and Wall Street on what the Eurozone crisis means for America; the Swedish International Development Agency on EU integration-related governance reforms in Ukraine; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Polish politics and relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours; and HM Treasury on exercising influence in the EU.
Other Grants and Tenders
Committee of the Regions (€320,000) on the European Neighbourhood Policy (co-author of tender with Carolyn Rowe)
European Commission (€25,000) 2012–13 for the organization of the ‘New EU Seminar Series’ (co-author of tender with Carolyn Rowe)
European Commission (€20,000) 2011–12 for the organization of two conferences on the UK and the Eurozone and relations with the BRICs (co-author of tender with Carolyn Rowe)
European Commission (€25,000) 2010–11 for the organization of two conferences on the UK and the EU and the EU 2020 agenda
Swedish International Development Agency (1.3 million SEK) advice to the Government of Sweden on assisting Ukraine on its path towards European integration (Co-author of tender with Johanna Strandh)
Swedish International Development Agency 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 (€41,000) (Co-author of tender with Carolyn Moore)
European Commission 2009 for the organisation of a conference on the European Union’s relations with its eastern neighbours (€12,000)
European Commission 2009–10 for the organization of three conferences on green growth, the European Parliament Elections and the 20 thanniversary of democratic change in central and eastern Europe (€25,000)