Dr Nat Copsey


Nat Copsey

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Nathaniel Copsey is Reader in Politics, Head of the Politics and International Relations group and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe. His research interests centre on the politics of European integration, in particular the relations between the European Union and its eastern neighbours. He has also worked on the politics and governance of Poland and Ukraine. Together with Alan Mayhew and Christophe Hillion, he is a co-director of the Wider Europe Programme, a collaborative, policy-oriented network of practitioners and academics with an interest in the European Neighbourhood Policy.

On graduating from the College of Europe, he worked as a presenter at Telewizja Polska in Warsaw and subsequently in London at the international think tank, the Policy Network. He has taught at the College of Europe, Sciences-Po Rennes, the University of Helsinki and the European Studies Institute of MGIMO in Moscow. He is a Visiting Academic Fellow at the Sussex European Institute and University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Together with Tim Haughton he is the Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review (JCMS AR), which has been the leading journal of European integration studies since 1962.

Able to comment for the media on: European Union politics; The Eurozone crisis; Polish politicsUkrainian politics.

Teaching Activity


  • LP1016 - Europe and the Making of the Modern World: The Political History of Modern Europe from 1789 to the Present Day 
  • LP3008 - Central and East European Politics


  • DPhil (Political Science) Sussex
  • MA (European Political and Administrative Studies) College of Europe
  • BA (Modern History) Oxford
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College 
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Political Science Association (PSA)
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Administrative Roles

  • Associate Dean for Marketing and International Recruitment
  • Co-Director, Aston Centre for Europe
  • Head of Politics and International Relations

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