ESRC is announcing £3.5 million of funding for projects researching long-term implications for governance after Brexit. These projects will run for between one and three years and generally commence in December 2018.

Brexit will have an impact on a wide range of issues in the UK including and not limited to, the UK's constitutional arrangements; public service provision and delivery and economic performance across different places and sectors such as agriculture industries. These projects seek to explore how these issues play out across different localities, regions, and nations in the UK.

The call is split into two separate types of project. Innovation projects were encouraged to demonstrate conceptual and theoretical innovation and the development of novel research methods. The larger grants incorporate projects that will work across multiple themes and locations along with making use of ethnographic or comparative methods. 

The Governance after Brexit programme will work closely with the ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe initiative to maximise the wider impact of its distinctive long term research perspective on Brexit. UK in a Changing Europe provides authoritative, non-partisan and high-quality research into the moving and complicated relationship between the UK and the EU.

Professor Daniel Wincott, Cardiff University, ESRC Leadership Coordinator for Governance after Brexit said: "Governance after Brexit is a new programme of ESRC-funded research that sets Brexit in a long term perspective. Today, considerable uncertainty attaches to Brexit. If the UK is to make the best of its relationships with the EU and the wider world we need to look beyond the febrility and contentiousness that mark the current debate. Social scientists are uniquely placed to interrogate Brexit's deep causes and consequences. The Governance after Brexit programme projects will develop fundamental research to generate new evidence and understanding. Each has a clear strategy to use its research to impact on the economy and society, politics and policy."

The full list of awards are as follows:

Larger grants

  • How does post-Brexit Britain wish to exercise its sovereignty? 
    Professor John Curtice, National Centre for Social Research
  • Northern exposure: race, nation and disaffection in 'ordinary' towns and cities after Brexit
    Professor Adrian Favell, University of Leeds
  • Health governance after Brexit: law, language and legitimacy
    Professor Tamara Hervey, University of Sheffield
  • Agri-environmental governance post-Brexit: co-production of policy frameworks
    Dr Ruth Little, University of Sheffield
  • EEA Public Services Research Clinic (EEA PSRC)
    Dr Charlotte O’Brien, University of York

Innovation grants

  • Brexit, relationships and everyday family life
    Dr Katherine Davies, University of Sheffield
  • Learning from 'left-behind' places: everyday hopes and fears for the future after Brexit in England
    Professor Jeanette Edwards, The University of Manchester
  • Performing identities: post-Brexit Northern Ireland and the reshaping of 21st century governance
    Mr Colin Murray, Newcastle University
  • English champagne? Geographical indications (GIs) and productivity after Brexit
    Professor Stephen Roper, University of Warwick
  • Hate crime after Brexit: linking terrestrial and new forms of data to inform governance
    Professor Matthew Williams, Cardiff University