Essex is home to the top political department in the UK and ranks in the UK’s top 20 universities for research excellence.
A regular on TV and radio, Professor Paul Whiteley has also written many columns for the national newspapers. Paul was co-director of the British Election Study for 12 years and also acted as an academic adviser to the Home Office and the Department of Education.
Paul’s research has influenced both the structure and campaign activities of the main political parties in Britain and has focused on the parties, the behaviour of the electorate and political economy. He is currently writing a book about Brexit.
One of the Principal Investigators of the 2014 Scottish Referendum Study, Professor Rob Johns enjoyed great prominence as a political pundit during the Scottish Referendum, appearing on Mind Games, BBC Scotland's documentary on the psychology of referendum campaigning, and as the studio psephologist on ITV's live overnight results programme.
Rob’s research focuses on why people think what they think about politics and he can speak widely on what forms the basis of individual voting decisions and the psychology of campaigning – particularly the role of fear, risk and negative versus positive emotions.
Professor Han Dorussen’s current research includes policy convergence in the European Union.
Dr John Bartle’s areas of expertise include General Elections from a long term perspective, political leader TV debates, public opinion and voting behaviour and party election broadcasts and broadcasting.
John’s analysis of the positon of the voting public in the run up to last year’s General Election was the focus of a BBC radio and online exclusive.
Professor Jonathan Slapin is extremely well placed to offer comment and analysis to the Brexit debate as his research focuses on European politics and integration.
Professor Vania Sena, based at our Southend Campus, is Head of the Management Science and Entrepreneurship research group of Essex Business School and Director of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.
Her research interests include productivity, the characteristics of innovation in high-growth firms, and the impact of corruption on firms’ performance.
Professor Jerry Coakley is Deputy Director of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre. His research interests include mergers and acquisitions, crowdfunding and the financing of SMEs, and commodity market anomalies.
Professor Tazeeb Rajwani is Head of Executive Education at Essex Business School. His research areas include strategic management, nonmarket strategy, corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility and instability in international markets.
Tazeeb has written over 50 academic papers, books, chapters, reports and white papers, and to date his research has been covered by media outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.
Having recently given an acclaimed Professorial Inaugural Lecture on the issue of Brexit, Professor Gianluigi Vernasca is ready to offer comment and analysis on the possible economic consequences of leaving the EU.
Gibraltarian and social anthropologist, Professor Andrew Canessa has just completed a three year, ESRC funded oral history project on Gibraltarian identity called Bordering on Britishness. Over the course of the project Andrew and his team interviewed approximately 400 Gibraltarian and Spanish residents, spanning from 16 years old to 101, and covering different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
96% of Gibraltarians voted Remain and Andrew’s interviews lay testament to the notion that most Gibraltarians see themselves as British, with a strong European identity. So what lies ahead for them?
Andrew was recently cited in the House of Lords European Committee’s report on the impact of Brexit on Gibraltar.
Professor Steve Peers is an expert in EU law with extensive national and international broadcast and print media experience.
His research interests include EU constitutional and administrative law, including human rights; justice and home affairs law; external relations law; employment law; internal market law, and particularly the free movement of EU citizens.
He has worked as a consultant for the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union and the Council of Europe. Professor Peers is editor of, and a regular writer for the EU Law Analysis blog.
Professor Chris Willett has 25 years’ experience of teaching, researching, publishing and advising in the areas of UK, EU and global consumer and contract law; commercial law; sales law; food law; digital content law; financial services law; and unfair terms and practices law.
His current research focuses on major legislative reform of UK consumer law; reform of UK and EU financial services law; the values and ethics of UK and EU consumer law; and global regulation of light pollution.
Dr Yseult Marique has ten years’ experience researching and publishing in the areas of public and administrative law, including public contracts, public procurement, public audit, state organisation, federalisation, and corruption. Her research looks at the legal interactions between the EU level and member states, especially the UK, France and Belgium.
Her current research focuses on the development of a European legal culture, that can be incrementally built based on Member States’ own legal, constitutional and administrative identities and on the ways in which that European legal culture encapsulates values on how citizens’ welfare needs to be provided.
Dr Marique can give interviews in French and Dutch.
Professor Rainer Schulze is an expert in the history of the Holocaust and Holocaust memory, but he is equally interested in the history of European integration and the way the 'European idea' has slowly emerged from the ruins of European civilisation left behind by the Nazis. He has developed and taught for many years a very popular first-year undergraduate module on this topic – From Disunity to Unity? An Introduction to the History of Europe in the 20th Century.
Professor Schulze was born and raised in Germany and so brings a different perspective to the discussions within the UK around EU membership. From 2011-2013, he was the Director of the Human Rights Centre at Essex.