Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack
Executive Director of CRONEM and Director of External Relations for the School of Politics
Qualifications: PhD Nottingham Trent University, 1997; BA Joint Honours Politics with French, University of Bristol 1993
Phone: Work: 01483 68 3589
Room no: 08 AC 05
I joined the School of Politics at the University of Surrey in October 2011. My current role is Professor of EU Politics, and also Executive Director of CRONEM.
I previously held chairs at Brunel University (2006-11) and the University of Limerick (2004-6). Before that, I was Deputy Director of the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research at Queen’s University Belfast 2001-2003, and before that I was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Reading (1997-2001). I worked in the European Parliament as Adviser to Ken Collins MEP, the then Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Consumer Protection and Public Health 1996-7.
I was Chair of UACES, the world’s largest EU studies association, 2006-9. See www.uaces.org
I have three main research interests.
The first is the politics of European integration, with particular regard to legitimacy and institutional reform.
The second is comparative regional integration, particularly regarding the EU, ASEAN, APEC and NAFTA.
The third is Green Politics, and in particular the application of Green Theory (Deep Ecology and Gaia Theory) to regional integration.
I am currently involved in three collaborative research projects.
The first is with partners at Karlstad University, Sweden, in a project which evaluates the success of regional development policy in three Swedish regions.
On the second project, I am working with Associate Professor Philomena Murray (University of Melbourne) and Professor Baogang He (Deakin University) on a comparison of the UK and Australia as ‘awkward partners’ in regional integration.
The third project focuses on the creation of a study network on comparative regional integration. The co-director of the network is Dr Uwe Wunderlich (Aston University). The network’s website can be found here
- 'Awkward States and Regional Organizations: The UK and Australia Compared'. Comparative European Politics,
[ Status: Accepted ]
- '‘Greening EU Studies: An Academic Manifesto’,'. Taylor & Francis Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 20 (1), pp. 77-89.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/741465/
This article responds to Ian Manners' challenge to scholars of EU studies to engage with a broader range of theoretical perspectives and projects than is conventional. Specifically, it investigates the benefits of such an epistemological shift as that called for by Manners, critiquing the condition of the mainstream in EU studies—which is still somewhat unreflexively defined by dominant norms of IR scholarship despite the development of the field into a multi-disciplinary form of area studies—and arguing for an engagement with ecological thought and theory. To do this, the article proceeds in three stages. First, I set out why I think the call for a greater range of critical perspectives in EU studies is useful, focusing on the epistemological challenges and benefits involved in taking such a step. Second, I set out the core ideas of political theories of ecology. Finally, I suggest specific benefits for EU studies of incorporating such an ecological approach.
- ''Usages of Europe' and Europeanisation: Evidence from the Regionalisation of Sweden'. Journal of European Integration, 34 (4), pp. 379-396. . (2012)
- 'Spillover in a soft policy era? Evidence from the Open Method of Co-ordination in education and training'. Journal of European Public Policy, 18 (7), pp. 999-1015. . (2011)
- 'Across the EU Studies-New Regionalism Frontier: Invitation to a Dialogue'. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC JCMS-J COMMON MARK S, 48 (4), pp. 993-1013. . (2010)
- 'Introduction. rethinking EU studies: The contribution of comparative regionalism'. Journal of European Integration, 32 (6), pp. 541-562. . (2010)
- 'Greening the European Union and Europe 2020: a response to Read, Prins and Pohoryles'. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD INNOVATION-THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, 23 (4), pp. 327-332. . (2010)
- 'Greening the European Union for legitimacy? A cautionary reading of Europe 2020'. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD INNOVATION-THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, 23 (4), pp. 297-311. . (2010)
- 'Political science in the European Union'. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC JCMS-J COMMON MARK S, 47 (4), pp. 926-927. . (2009)
- 'interdisciplinarity and the study of politics'. PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 8 (1), pp. 4-15.doi: 10.1057/eps.2008.15
- 'Towards a conceptual framework for regionalisation: Bridging 'new regionalism' and 'integration theory''. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY, 13 (5), pp. 750-771. . (2006)
- 'Policy-making in the European Union'. in Cini M, Perez-Solorzano Borragan N (eds.) European Union Politics 4rd Edition. Oxford : Oxford University Press Article number 15 . (2013)
- '‘Europe-Asia Studies: the Contribution of Comparative Regional Integration’'. in Christiansen T, Kirchner E, Murray PB (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations
Palgrave Macmillan Article number 7 , pp. 108-123.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/754887/
This chapter has three core purposes. First – and briefly – we ask why scholars should study regions, regionalism and regional integration comparatively and also set out how we understand the key terms here, that is regions and regional integration. Second, we ask how, once the matters of why and what to compare have been addressed successfully, scholars can actually go about comparative study of regions in the global polity. Finally, we set out how comparative regional integration studies can contribute to Europe-Asia investigations.
- 'EU Sudies and the new Regionalism'. in Lynggaard K, Löfgren K, Manners I (eds.) Research Methods in European Union Studies
[ Status: Accepted ]
- 'Studying Regions Comparatively? Back to the Future'. in (ed.) New Regionalism and the European Union: Dialogues, Comparisons and New Research Directions Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science Article number 2 , pp. 18-35. . (2011)
- 'Conclusions'. in Warleigh-Lack A, Robinson N, Rosamond B (eds.) New Regionalism and the European Union: Dialogues, Comparisons and New Research Directions Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science Article number 14 , pp. 257-270. . (2011)
- 'Introduction: Regions, Regionalism and Comparisons'. in Warleigh-Lack A, Robinson N, Rosamond B (eds.) New Regionalism and the European Union: Dialogues, Comparisons and New Research Directions Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science Article number 1 , pp. 3-17. . (2011)
- '‘Obsolete if Obstinate? Transforming EU Studies in the Transnational Era’'. in (ed.) Handbook on European Union and Global Governance Europa/Routledge , pp. 13-18. . (2010)
- '‘The EU in Comparative Perspective: Comparing the EU and NAFTA’'. in (ed.) Comparative Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond Ashgate , pp. 43-61. . (2010)
- '‘Conclusions: Reflections on the Past and Future of European Union Studies’'. in (ed.) Reflections on European Integration , pp. 212-223. . (2009)
- 'Introduction: Reflecting Upon European Integration'. in Phinnemore D, Warleigh-Lack A (eds.) Reflections on European Integration Palgrave Macmillan , pp. 1-7. . (2009)
- '‘The EU, ASEAN and APEC in Comparative Perspective’'. in (ed.) Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux Palgrave , pp. 23-41. . (2008)
- '‘Interdisciplinarity in EU Studies – Politics, History and Prospects for Collaboration’'. in (ed.) The History of the European Union: Origins of a Trans- and Supranational Polity, 1950-1972 . (2008)
I teach two MA modules (POLM025 Institutions of the European Union, POLM006 Theorising European Integration) and one BA module (POL3062 Green Politics – Challenges of Climate Change).
I am Executive Director of CRONEM, and also Director of External Relations for the School of Politics.
The CRONEM home page is http://www.surrey.ac.uk/cronem/
I am an Associate Fellow of the United Nations Centre for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges. The web site for UNU-CRIS can be found at: http://www.cris.unu.edu/
I am also a member of the Academy of Social Science.