Department of Political Science


Dr Nicholas Wright

Lecturer (Teaching) in EU Politics
Room: Teaching Fellows’ Office
Email: nicholas.wright@ucl.ac.uk

I have a PhD in Politics and an MA in International Relations from the University of East Anglia and a BA (Hons) in Politics and History from Durham University. I have worked as a Teaching Fellow in EU Politics at UCL since 2015 and am also a Research Associate of the Constitution Unit. Prior to this I taught European politics and international relations at UEA for a number of years. From 2000-2006 I lived in Germany where I worked as an English Language Teacher in Berlin and Munich, and from 1996-2000 was a commercial conference producer in London.


My research sits at the intersection of EU foreign policy, comparative politics and IR. It focuses on the interaction between national foreign policy-making and international institutions, particularly the EU. I have a particular interest in how nation states navigate complex policy environments predicated on cooperation, and how this influences and is influenced by the national level. I also research the implications of Brexit for UK and EU foreign policy-making, and the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.

I am currently working on a research project examining the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on EU foreign policy and foreign policy-making, focusing particularly on the Political and Security Committee, in collaboration with Dr Heidi Maurer of Bristol University. I have also worked on several international research projects, including ‘The European Commission: Where now? Where next?’ and ‘Understanding the EU Civil Service: The General Secretariat of the Council’.

Selected publications
  • Wright, N. (2019) Co-operation, co-optation, or competition? How Britain and Germany have engaged with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy in the 2000s (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93470-9)
  • Wright, N. (2019) Northern Ireland, the Backstop and No Deal, Policy Brief, UCL European Institute, 15 July.
  • Wright, N. (2018) ‘No Longer the Elephant Outside the Room: Why the Ukraine Crisis Reflects a Deeper Shift Towards German Leadership of European Foreign Policy’, German Politics, 27(4), pp. 479-497.  DOI: 10.1080/09644008.2018.1458094
  • Wright, N. (2018) ‘Brexit and Ireland: Collateral Damage?’ in Staiger, U. and Martell, B. (eds) Brexit and Beyond (London: UCL Press).
  • Wright, N. (2017) Brexit and the Re-Making of British Foreign Policy, Working Paper, UCL European Institute 13 December.
  • Pomorska, K. and Wright, N. (2013) ‘Europeanization and CFSP’, in C. Bretherton and M. Mannin (eds), The Europeanization of European Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Still governing in the shadows? Member states and the Political & Security Committee in the post‐Lisbon EU foreign policy architecture, Journal of Common Market Studies (2020), with Heidi Maurer. For synthesis see also: Encompass blogpost.
  • A New Paradigm for EU Diplomacy? EU Council Negotiations in a Time of Physical Restrictions, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (2020), with Heidi Maurer
  • I am the module convenor for Policy-Making & Regulation in the EU (PUBL0019) and The EU in the World (PUBL0020).
  • I teach on the Politics of the European Union (POLS0020) at undergraduate level.
  • I am also the Department’s postgraduate Dissertation Tutor.