UCL European Institute


Oliver Patel



Institute Manager & Research Associate

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Oliver is the Manager of the UCL European Institute. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Institute, and for matters of finance, communications, HR, and administration. Oliver also coordinates the Institute's events and external engagement programme. 

Oliver also works as a Research Associate and has published a number of papers and articles on Brexit and related topics. He has presented his research at several public events and conferences, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as the Financial Times, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and France24. His areas of expertise include UK and EU politics, political, constitutional and legal aspects of Brexit, and the Article 50 withdrawal process. He is currently helping to coordinate UCL's academic response to Brexit. As part of this he has built the UCL Brexit Hub and manages the UCL Brexit Blog

Prior to his appointment as Institute Manager, Oliver worked as a Research Assistant for the UCL Constitution Unit, where he co-authored a series of papers on the constitutional implications of Brexit. He has also worked in the parliamentary office of Chuka Umunna MP and in Nesta's policy and research team. Oliver holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy (distinction) from LSE and a BA in Politics and East European Studies from UCL.

Selected Publications

With no-deal looming, it's highly unlikely the EU will refuse an Article 50 extension - Huffington Post

Extending Article 50: Legal and Political Considerations - UCL European Institute

Brexit: is it possible to stop it? - The Conversation

The EU and the Brexit Negotiations: Institutions, Strategies and Objectives - UCL European Institute

The EU's negotiating strategy has worked so far, but it's playing a risky game - UCL Brexit Blog

Despite the obstacles, here's why a Brexit deal is still on the cards - Huffington Post

Brexit Transitional Arrangements: Legal and Political Considerations - UCL European Institute 

Theresa May is closer to a transitional deal than you might think - The Guardian

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, reality will start to bite - UCL Brexit Blog

What will Brexit mean for London's tech industry and digital entrepreneurs? - OpenDemocracy

Brexit: Constitutional and Legal Requirements - UCL Public Policy

Brexit: The Consequences for Other EU Member States - UCL Constitution Unit 

Brexit: The Consequences for the EU's Political System - UCL Constitution Unit 

The Constitutional Consequences of Brexit: Whitehall and Westminster - UCL Constitution Unit

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