Information on our past events and forthcoming events can be found below.

Brexit and Agri-Environment and Fisheries in the UK: A New Dawn?

1 Birdcage Walk, London, 3 July 2017, 14.00-17.30

Join members of the team (Dr Charlotte Burns and Dr Viviane Gravey) along with leading practitioners to debate the findings of an independent report on the implications of a Brexit for the UK’s Agri-Environment and Fisheries Sectors.

The EU has had a profound impact upon UK agriculture and fisheries policy. ‘Brexit’ will lead to considerable change in both sectors. The policy brief launched at this event brings clear, balanced and systematic academic evidence together with the views of leading practitioners on the implications of Brexit for future UK Agri-Environment and Fisheries.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential. Please register via EventBrite.

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What does Brexit mean for the future of UK and EU Agri-environment and Fisheries?

University of York, ESRC Brexit Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Workshop, 22 March 2017, 10.00-16.15 

Researchers from the Environment Department, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the York Environmental Sustainability Institute will be hosting a workshop at the University of York on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2017 to discuss the future opportunities and challenges that Brexit presents for UK/EU Environment, Fisheries and Agricultural Land Management sectors and policy.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment need to stay high up on the Government agenda as the Brexit negotiations proceed, as they are all critically important issues to address with regards to ensuring the sustainability of these sectors and the future prosperity of the UK. The workshop will bring together experts and stakeholders from the various sectors, and the information gathered from these consultations will be used to develop policy briefs that will directly inform policy-makers about future governance options and their implications.

If you have any questions relating to the workshop (including requesting a place to attend), please contact Fay Farstad. Location: Environment Building, Wentworth Way, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5NG.

Admission: Free


Brexit and the Environment: A Roundtable 

Monday 30 January 2017 - 14:00-17:00, British Academy 

This roundtable was co-organised with Prof Joanne Scott, Fellow of the British Academy. Bringing together practitioners and academics, it discussed devolution, trade and governance as key areas of concerns for future UK environmental policy after Brexit. You can find out more about the event and our discussions by reading the series of blog post published afterwards.

After the Brexit vote: where next for environmental policy and politics 

Wednesday 27 July - 13:00-14:00, Norwich

This seminar, organised by the Tyndall Early Career Network, discussed the role environmental issues played in the campaign and how environmental policies and processes were likely to be changed in a post-Brexit UK.

How has the EU shaped the environment in the UK? Assessment and perspectives after the 23 June

Tuesday 14 June - 17:00-18:00, Oxford

This roundtable will discuss the findings of a major, impartial ESRC-funded review ‘The EU referendum and the UK environment’. The review investigated how EU membership has affected the environment in the UK, and what to expect after a vote to Remain or Leave.

Environmental issues are not centre stage to the ongoing EU referendum campaign; however the EU plays a key role in environmental matters. The European Union has shaped the environmental policy in the UK to an extent which has been under appraised by the general public. For example, the diplomatic part played together by the UK and the EU in environmental international negotiations, notably on climate change, is not so well known.

This event aims at assessing the scientific evidence collected on these issues, by bringing together academics from different backgrounds to discuss the environmental dimensions of the EU referendum debate.

  • Viviane Gravey, University of East Anglia
  • Neil Carter, University of York
  • Nathalie Berny, Centre Emile Durkheim & Maison fran├žaise d'Oxford
  • Liz Fisher, University of Oxford
  • Claudia Havranek, University of Oxford

Read Liz Fisher's blog post about the report based on her presentation on 14 June.

Brexit and the environment: EU and UK environmental policies after 23 June

Monday 23 May -12.00-14.00, Brussels 

Discussions on the UK referendum have mostly been focusing on a handful of issues (sovereignty, freedom of movement and red tape). Yet after 40 years of active UK membership of the EU, most, if not all, sectors of policy and of the economy will be affected by the outcome of the vote. The environment and climate change are sectors in which UK and EU practices have become very deeply entangled. ‘Brexit’ raises the prospect of considerable change in the future for UK and also EU policies in these areas. What role does environmental policy play in the UK referendum debate and what do possible and plausible post-Referendum scenarios entail for UK and EU environmental policy?

This Policy Forum will provide an opportunity to debate a new expert review of the academic evidence on these topics (available at and what might change in the UK and at EU level in the event of a British vote to Remain in or Leave the European Union on 23 June.

  •     Charlotte Burns, University of York
  •     Viviane Gravey, University of East Anglia
  •     Mike Childs, Friend of the Earth (EWNI)
  •     Tony Long, Global Governance Institute
  •     Sebastian Oberth├╝r, Institute for European Studies, VUB (chair)
Storify of the discussion.

The European referendum: what has EU membership ever done for the UK?
Tuesday 3 May, 
University of East Anglia, Norwich  

The EU referendum campaign is mostly focusing on a handful of issues (jobs, the economy and migration). Yet after 40 years of EU membership most, if not all areas of daily life will be directly impacted by the vote on 23 June. The environment in particular will be affected given all the EU rules on energy, climate change, farming and fishing.

This panel discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss the findings of a major, impartial ESRC-funded review ‘The EU referendum and the UK environment’ and ask a panel of experts how EU membership has affected the UK and what might change in the event of a vote to Remain or Leave. The aim is to inform public debate rather than make a case for Remaining or Leaving.

  • Prof Andrew Jordan, UEA School of Environmental Sciences and Tyndall Centre, a lead author of the ESRC expert review and a specialist advisor to the House of Commons inquiry on EU/UK environmental policy.
  • Prof Hussein Kassim, UEA School of Politics, Senior Research fellow ESRC ‘UK in a Changing Europe Initiative’
  • Prof Catherine Waddams, UEA Centre for Competition Policy & Norwich Business School 
  • Viviane Gravey, UEA School of Environmental Sciences and Tyndall Centre, a lead author of the ESRC expert review

The EU Referendum: Key Risks and Opportunities for the Environment
Broadway House, London, 11 April 2016. 

Read account of the Review launch in this blog post.