Originally from London, having obtained a Ph.D. in Politics at Brunel University, Nicholas Startin’s research focuses primarily on Euroscepticism and opposition to the EU, centring on political parties, public opinion, referenda, the media, and, more recently, the UK’s relationship with the EU. He was co-founder of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Comparative Research Network on Euroscepticism and has co-edited two ‘open competition’ special issues on the subject in leading journals, as well as two Routledge edited volumes including The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism. He also researches the Radical Right in Europe with a primary focus on transnational networks of opposition in the European Parliament, and, as a fluent French speaker following his undergraduate degree in European Studies, has researched and published on the French Rassemblement National (RN).
In 2018, Professor Startin was elected Chair of UACES (Europe’s leading membership association in the discipline) for a three year term. He is a former Head of the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) at the University of Bath in the UK, where he still retains honorary status, and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Institute in Brussels. In 2020 he was shortlisted for the prestigious International Political Science Association (IPSA) Meisel Laponce Award for the best article between 2015-2019 in the International Political Science Review (IPSR) for his 2015 published article ‘Have we reached a tipping point? The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism in the UK.’ He has experience of working with policymakers and stakeholders in the EU and has been invited as a speaker at major European conferences by a number of international networks including The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), The French Institute of International Relations and Networking European Citizenship Education.
Professor Startin has extensive University lecturing experience having taught at three UK universities on a wide range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the fields of EU Politics/International Affairs, Populism and the Radical Right as well as in Comparative, European, British and French Politics. He has an established broadcasting media profile both in the UK and in France and has made numerous appearances on the BBC, France24 and other networks speaking on issues such as Brexit, Euroscepticism, the Radical Right and European, UK and French elections. His latest publication, co-authored with Dr Kathryn Simpson, ‘Tabloid Tales: How the British Tabloid Press Shaped the Brexit Vote’, was published in JCMS (The Journal of Common Market Studies) in August 2022.