Department of Political Science


Dr Nick Wright

Nick Wright

Dr Nick Wright

Teaching Fellow in EU Politics


Dr Nick Wright joined UCL in September 2015 as a Teaching Fellow in EU Politics. He holds a PhD in Politics and an MA in International Relations from the University of East Anglia. He worked previously as a Lecturing Fellow in International Relations and a Senior Research Associate at UEA and has taught on the University of Leicester’s International Relations Distance Learning MA programme since 2009.

Research interests

Nick’s research deals primarily with foreign policy and policy-making within the context of the EU; the impact of the European External Action Service on the foreign policy co-operation and output of EU Member States; and EU administration. His doctoral research examined German and British engagement with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, and particularly how national foreign policy objectives are pursued in this context; and the consequences of institutionalised foreign policy co-operation over the longer-term. 

Nick has been involved in a number of major EU-related research projects, including: an investigation of UK EU policy co-ordination processes for the Austrian Federal Chancellery (2010); the largest study to date of the working practices and culture of the European Commission, ‘The European Commission: Facing the Future’ (2014); and most recently, a study of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, ‘Understanding the EU Civil Service’ (2016).

Nick is currently researching the implications for the UK of ‘Brexit', focusing primarily on foreign policy-making, Whitehall re-organisation, and the practicalities of negotiating EU withdrawal. He makes regular media contributions on Brexit and a range of other subjects regionally, nationally and internationally.

In 2016, Nick was awarded a Mundus MAPP Visiting Fellowship to the Central European University, Budapest.

Selected publications

  • Wright, N. The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy in France, Germany and the UK: Co-operation, Co-optation and Competition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan - forthcoming)
  • Wright, N. (2017) ‘Is Tim Barrow just the man for Brexit?’, Prospect Magazine (online), 20 January. Available at: http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/is-tim-barrow-just-the-man-for-brexit-eu-negotiations
  • Wright, N. (2016) ‘Malign influence, lame duck or honest broker: what kind of role might the UK play in the Council of Ministers?’, The UK in a Changing Europe, 15 December. Available at: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/malign-influence-lame-duck-or-honest-broker-what-kind-of-role-might-the-uk-play-in-the-council-during-the-brexit-negotiations/
  • Staiger, U. and Wright, N. (2016) ‘The Brexit Brokers’, Prospect Magazine, December. Available at: http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-brexit-brokers-european-union
  • Wright, N. (2016) ‘Brexit means Brexit: But is Whitehall up to the Challenge?’, LSE BrexitVote Blog, 25 July. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/07/25/brexit-means-brexit-but-is-whitehall-up-to-the-challenge/
  • Wright, N. (2016) ‘Achieving a ‘good’ Brexit: What David Cameron needs to do now’, LSE BrexitVote Blog, 27 June. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/06/27/achieving-a-good-brexit-what-david-cameron-needs-to-do-now/
  • Wright, N. and Patel, O. (2016) “The constitutional consequences of Brexit for Whitehall and Westminster”, UCL Constitution Unit Briefing Paper. Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/europe/index/edit/constitution-unit/research/europe/briefing-papers/briefing-paper-1
  • Wright, N. (2016) “Theresa Villers wants Northern Ireland out of the EU: that stance may be untenable”, LSE BrexitVote Blog, 4 March. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/03/04/theresa-villiers-wants-northern-ireland-out-of-the-eu-that-stance-may-be-untenable/
  • Wright, N. (2016) “Can Britain’s bureaucracy handle a Brexit?”, The Guardian (Public Leaders Network), 1 March. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2016/mar/01/britain-bureaucracy-brexit-whitehall-eu.
  • Wright, N. (2016) “Post-Brexit, would Whitehall be able to rise to the challenge of negotiating the best possible deal?’, LSE BrexitVote Blog, 24 Feb. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/02/24/post-brexit-would-whitehall-be-able-to-rise-to-the-challenge-of-negotiating-the-best-possible-deal/
  • Wright, N. (2014) ‘Why we (should) study International Relations’, in K. Vaidya (ed), International Relations and Diplomacy for the Curious (Curious Academic Publishing Kindle Edition).
  • Pomorska, K. and Wright, N. (2013) ‘Europeanization and CFSP’, in C. Bretherton and M. Mannin (eds), The Europeanization of European Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Wright, N. (2011) ‘The European Union: What kind of political actor?’, Political Perspectives, Vol.5(2), pp.8-32.
  • Kassim, H., Dittmer-Odell, M. and Wright, N. (2010) EU Policy Coordination in the United Kingdom, Study commissioned for the Austrian Federal Chancellery, ‘Internal Coordination on EU Policy-Making in Member States: Processes and Structures’, led by Prof. Dr. Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, University of Salzburg.