Leicester experts discuss Brexit in new programme

With less than a month to go until the EU Referendum, European Union experts from across the university have been giving their views on whether Britain would be better in or out.

In new programme "Expert Comment: Brexit", eight University of Leicester academics from the Department of Economics, Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Management, and the Leicester Law School have been weighing in on the debate, as well as the President and Vice-Chancellor himself.

Among others, some of the themes explored include how trade, employment, workers' rights, crime, terrorism and influence could all be affected by the referendum result.

You can listen to the programme for yourself here:


Meet the Experts (in order of appearance)

Ms Pascale Lorber

Pascale Lorber has been teaching in the Leicester Law School since 1995. Over the years, she has taught Employment, European and French law as well as study skills. Pascale’s research focuses principally on Employment Law and European Social Policy, mainly workers' participation and employee representation. She is also interested in the regulation of atypical forms of employment, particularly fixed-term work.

Professor Paul Boyle CBE FBA FRSE

Professor Paul Boyle is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Geographical Society of Scotland.

Professor Panicos Demetriades

Professor Panicos Demetriades holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and BA and MA degrees, also in Economics, from the University of Essex. During a two year absence from the university, he served as Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus and member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. His academic career spans a period of 25 years, the last twelve of which have been with the University of Leicester. He has published extensively, primarily in the area of finance and growth but also in other areas of economics.

Dr Sara Lemos

Dr Sara Lemos is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Dr Lemos primarily researches on immigration. She's looked extensively at the impact of EU immigration into the UK, in particular Eastern European migration, as well as general research into labour, minimum wage and low paid people.

Dr Mark Langan

Dr Mark Langan is a Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics and International relations. His research examines the interplay between trade policies and development outcomes, with a particular focus on ‘moral economy’ and EU relations with countries of the Global South. He is currently examining the development implications of the implementation of EU free trade agendas, with a particular focus on the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

Dr Benjamin Hopkins

Dr Benjamin Hopkins is a Lecturer in Work and Employment in the School of Management at the University of Leicester. Dr Hopkins researches youth unemployment and youth employment, and the transitions between the two. His second key theme of research is temporary and agency work, with a particular interest in the food manufacturing sector. He also has a long-standing research interest in migration and immigration, including researching migration to the United Kingdom from the A8 accession nations of Central and Eastern Europe.

Dr Simona Guerra

Dr Simona Guerra is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Dr Guerra's main research interest is in attitudes towards European integration and citizens' perceptions of the EU and its institutions, in particular in candidate countries in the post-Communist region and Western Balkans. She is generally interested in the history and politics of EU integration; in the impact of integration on the accession states and the new balance in the enlarged EU.

Dr Tara McCormack

Dr Tara McCormack is a Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Before joining the University of Leicester, she taught European and Comparative Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster and Brunel University. Her research falls into three related areas: Security, foreign policy and democratic legitimacy; Intervention (including EU); and Britain's war powers.

Dr Lisa Rodgers

Dr Lisa Rodgers joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in law in 2013. Her research is in international and European labour law, and the conjunction between labour law and legal theory. Her current research investigates the interaction between (diplomatic and state) immunity and labour law.

To listen to the programme, visit the University of Leicester SoundCloud or head to www.bit.ly/expertcommentbrexit.