Department of Political Science


Dr Nick Wright

Nick Wright

Dr Nick Wright

Teaching Fellow in EU Politics


Dr Nick Wright joined UCL’s Department of Political Science 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. He is currently the Programme Director of the MSc in European Policy & Politics.

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); a study of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, ‘Understanding the EU Civil Service’ (2016) ; and most recently a follow-up study in the European Commission looking at the agenda for the next Commission mandate (2018).

Nick is currently researching the foreign policy implications for the UK of ‘Brexit' and is co-authoring an article on how the EU’s Political and Security Committee has evolved since the 2009 Lisbon Treaty reforms to the CFSP. He makes regular media contributions on Brexit and a range of other subjects regionally, nationally and internationally in the press, on TV and radio, and has given evidence to two Parliamentary inquiries on aspects of Brexit.

In 2016, Nick was awarded a Mundus MAPP Visiting Fellowship to the Central European University, Budapest and in 2018 became an Associate of the Constitution Unit at UCL.

Selected publications