Current and past Visiting Scholars at the School.
Monika Brusenbauch Meislová
Visiting UCL SSEES in March 2020.
Dr Monika Brusenbauch Meislová is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Her research work covers issues of British European policy, Brexit, Czech (and broader CEE) foreign policy and political discourse. She is a member of the UACES “The Limits of EUrope: Challenging the Crisis of European Integration” Research Network and a leading researcher of the Czech Science Foundation 2019-2021 project on Czech EU’s political discourse. Monika’s latest research has been published in various top-ranking journals, including The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Europe-Asia Studies, Political Quarterly, Parliamentary Affairs, British Politics and European Politics and Society. She was hosted as a Visiting International Scholar by the Aston University in Birmingham (2019) and has taught, within the Erasmus+ programme, at various universities, including the University of Southampton (2019) and the University of Essex (2020). Monika is also regularly called upon as a guest speaker and media pundit on areas of British politics, UK-EU & UK-CEE relations and contributes to high-profile blogs, including London School of Economics Blog or Oxford University Politics Blog. More information about Monika is available here.
Her research project at SSEES focuses on Brexit implications for bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Visegrad Group countries (VG; The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary), placing this assessment in the context of the long-term evolution of these relations and relating it to debates within the scholarship on the effects of Brexit. Brexit is highly disruptive of the status quo and as such represents a turning point in (and a stress test for) the relationship between the UK and the VG countries. With the question on how the UK’s extrication from the EU will affect bilateral relations being a subject of numerous competing pressures, Monika looks specifically not only into aspects of UK-VG relations in which the impact of the referendum (or the prospect of a Brexit) is already visible, but also investigates the main expectations and/or concerns regarding the Brexit impact on the mutual relations.