Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Nicholas Startin

Head of Department and Senior lecturer in French and European Politics whose research focuses on Euroscepticism including the Brexit and on the Radical Right in contemporary Europe

Nicholas Startin

Head of Department
Senior Lecturer in French and European PoliticsBA, PGCE, MPhil, PhD

1WN 2.16
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6899



Dr Startin discusses the rise of populism in Europe and the question of how citizenship education should respond to Euroscepticism and populistic currents


I joined the department in 2012. Prior to that I lectured at the University of the West of England. My Phd in Politics was awarded by Brunel University and I also have an M.Phil in French Studies from Birmingham University as well as a PGCE from the University of Warwick.

In 2008 I was awarded the Political Studies Association (PSA) 'Vincent Wright Prize' for the best research paper on French Politics for my paper on the French Front National.

In 2011 I co-founded the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) research network on Euroscepticism. I am also the co-convenor of the PSA French Politics and Policy specialist group.

In 2013 I co-edited the Special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) entitled 'Confronting Euroscepticism' and in 2015 an International Political Science Review special issue: 'The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism.' My co-edited book entitled 'Euroscepticism as a Transnational and Pan-European Phenomenon: The emergence of a new sphere of opposition' was published by Routledge in 2016. I am also currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism due for publication in the spring of 2017.

In recent years I have been a guest speaker at events in Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges, Cologne, Paris, Split and Vienna. I have organised conferences in Brussels, Edinburgh and Paris and am co-organiser for the prestigious UACES Annual conference which takes place at the University of Bath in 2018. I have also made numerous international, national and regional media appearances in relation to French elections, the Brexit and other EU referenda, and the rise of Euroscepticism and the radical right.

At Bath I am Deputy Head of Department for PoLIS.

Research interests

  • The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism in nation states
  • The rise of the Far Right in contemporary Europe
  • The Brexit Vote
  • French elections and political parties

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