Since 2014, the UK in a Changing Europe initiative has supported rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever-changing relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU).
The initiative provides an authoritative, non-partisan and impartial reference point for those looking for information, insights and analysis about UK-EU relations that stands aside from the politics surrounding the debate.
The initiative’s work is tailored to be easily accessible to policy makers, businesses, journalists, civil society organisations, educational institutions and the general public who are interested in the UK’s relationship with the EU. This is being overseen by Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College, London as Director of the initiative.
The initiative was originally commissioned prior to the announcement of the referendum of the UK’s membership of the EU, but then subsequently played a crucial role in informing a range of stakeholders in the run-up to the referendum on 23 June 2016.
Since this date, the initiative has been focused on the referendum outcome and the practicalities of implementing the UK’s decision to leave the EU and what this might look like.
Work to date
The initiative began with a series of town meetings and a series of specially commissioned scoping reports which helped shape its priorities. This led to the development of an evidence hub (headed by the Director) which is supported by a number of senior research fellows.
In addition to the senior fellows, the initiative has held several calls under a Commissioning Fund. This has provided small awards of up to £9,999 to researchers pursuing dissemination and impact-focused activities related to the overall aims of the initiative.