Oxford Policy Dialogue
The Oxford Policy Dialogue (OPD) supports open conversations between researchers and policymakers, using academic findings to build new guidelines and legislation.
Currently, the OPD focuses on three strands: radicalisation, peacekeeping, and European co-operation.
The Future of the UK and Europe
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU in 2019 creates a need to rethink how we co-operate with our European partners - as the EU bloc and as individual states.
Rigorous academic research has a fundamental role to play in shaping the conversations taking place on both sides of the Channel. To support these discussions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), the European Studies Centre (ESC), the Centre for International Studies (CIS), and the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford have created a programme. The activities of this programme are targeted towards making a positive and meaningful contribution to the debate on future relations between the UK and the rest of Europe. As part of this work, both old and new practices will be reviewed through innovative conceptual lenses.
Four key questions of interest guide our exchange:
- The future of the UK–EU relationship
How different or similar will the institutional and political relationships be from other bilateral relations with third countries? How will the existence of the new status of 'former EU member state' shape our understanding of the EU, if at all? How will the reference of 'former EU member state' shape the understanding of the UK by the remaining 27 EU members?
- The future relationship between the UK and key European partners
As membership-based multilateral cooperation is replaced by bilateralism, how should we approach these relations and their sensitivities with respect to the EU system? What does networked bilateralism look like?
- The future of UK-EU cooperation towards third parties and within international fora
To what extent will the UK and European/EU interests continue to align in international cooperation fora? How will the UK continue to closely work with European partners in international governance?
- Trends in European affairs
How do various current European trends (like the rise of challenger or ‘populist’ parties; the future of core European policies) affect UK-EU relations? And how should they be addressed?
The three pillars of this research programme are its internationalism, the importance it places on the involvement of policy-makers, and its openness to different disciplinary approaches.
If you would like to find out more information or get involved, please contact the programme's academic leads: