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Profile pictureProf Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill is Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. From 1974-2004 he taught in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the Montague Burton Professor from 1991, Head of Department 1994-1997, and Vice Chair of the Academic Board, 1999-2002.

He has published widely in the areas of foreign policy analysis and general International Relations, his most recent books being The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (OUP 2013), National and European Foreign Policies, edited with Reuben Wong, (Routledge 2011), and The European Union in International Relations (edited with Michael Smith, 2nd edition 2011). He is a past Chair of the British International Studies Association, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007. He has been a Team Leader and/or major participant in the EU-funded research programmes FORNET, CONSENT and MERCURY.


Profile pictureDr Christopher Bickerton

Christopher Bickerton is University Lecturer in politics at POLIS and an Official Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2008 and since then has held teaching positions at Oxford, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Sciences Po in Paris. His research interests span the disciplines of international relations, comparative European politics and European studies. He is currently working on the topic of state transformation in post-1945 Europe from a comparative historical perspective. This builds on his book European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States, which was published with Oxford University Press in 2012 and won the University Association of Contemporary European Studies’ (UACES) Best Book Award of 2013. He is also working on two collaborative projects. One is looking at the relationship between populism and technocracy from the perspective of political theory (with Carlo Invernizzi Accetti). The other project (with Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter) characterizes post-Maastricht European integration as the ‘new intergovernmentalism’ and studies the role of states, supranational institutions and interests from this perspective. Beyond academia, Chris is a regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique and co-founder of the political economy blog, The Current Moment.

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European Centre Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2017

Oct 01, 2017

The European Centre @ POLIS is delighted to announce its seminar programme for Michaelmas Term 2017. Further information and full website update coming soon!

Dr Julie Smith, Director of the European Centre @ POLIS, blogs on Brexit

Mar 30, 2017

As the Prime Minister triggers Article 50, two new blog posts by the Centre's director Dr Julie Smith shed light on how we got here and where we go from here. Read 'Absent from the start: Britain’s leery relationship with the EU' and 'Opinion: The Road to Brexit, or the UK’s Journey into the Unknown'

Book Launch: Dr Julie Smith, The UK’s Journeys into and out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (Routledge, 2017)

Mar 03, 2017

Cambridge, 3 March 2017 - Dr Julie Smith launched her new book, The UK’s Journeys into and out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (Routledge, 2017), at Robinson College, in the presence of Lord Lisvane, former Clerk of the House of Commons, Prof David Yates, Warden of Robinson College, a representative from Routledge, and various members of the University of Cambridge and Robinson College

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