Forthcoming Events

Migration and citizenship: evidence from two referendums 

Part of the Sociological Review Research Seminar Series A sociology of ‘Brexit’: citizenship, belonging and mobility in the context of the British referendum on EU membership
Funded by The Sociological Review Foundation
University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, 2ndSeptember 2016
Keynote speaker: Professor Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh)

This one-day seminar is organised around a keynote talk and paper presentations adopting a comparative sociological perspective on two recent referendums in the United Kingdom: the Scottish Independence Referendum and the Referendum on EU membership. 

The event brings together research examining the observable and expected consequences of the two referendums on diverse forms of citizenship (national, sub-national and transnational) and mobility.
We welcome abstract submissions discussing the following topics:

·         The experiences of the ‘Brexit’ and the Scottish Independence Referendum and its effect on EU migrants resident in Scotland and the rest of the UK;

·         Sentiments of regional (versus national and transnational) belonging among Scotland’s population (including EU and non-EU migrants) in the context of the Independence Referendum and the EU Referendum;

·         The experiences of national, sub-national and transnational citizenship among diverse population in the UK (including EU and non-EU migrants) in the context of the Independence Referendum and the EU Referendum

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include a title, author, affiliation, current position and contact e-mail. Please send your abstract to Emilia Pietka-Nykaza ( no later than Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Selected presenters should be prepared to submit a draft paper by 31st August, as there is an opportunity for selected papers to be submitted for publication in a special issue of The Sociological Review.

Organisers are able to contribute towards presenters’ travel and accommodation expenses. Registration is free of charge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The Impact of the 2016 Referendum on UK Membership of the EU
One-day conference
Friday 16th September 2016
Newcastle University
On Thursday June 23rd voters in the United Kingdom will make a decision that could have profound implications for British politics, governance and society – whether the United Kingdom should remain in or leave the European Union. This one day, multi-disciplinary conference will bring together academics, politicians and journalists to discuss and reflect upon the referendum campaign and its outcome. It will aim to identify the impact of the referendum on British politics and what this means for the future of the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Abstracts are invited but not limited to the following topics:
·         The EU referendum campaign
·         Political parties and pressure groups
·         Media and communications
·         Euroscepticism and pro-Europeanism
·         Electoral behaviour and public opinion
·         Governance and political institutions
·         Public policy and law
Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be submitted alongside the speaker’s name, institution and contact details. Proposals are welcome from established academics, early-career researchers and PhD students.
The deadline for abstract submissions is: Friday 29th July 2016
This conference is organised by the Governance and Political Organisations cluster at Newcastle University with the support of Newcastle Law School and the Jean Monnet Centre, Newcastle.
Attendance is free of change, but please register by submitting your details here:
Please direct all questions or queries regarding the conference to the co-organisers: Tristan Martin ( and Anna Wambach (



The Real X Factor: Voting past, present and future

Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service

Thursday, 12 November 2015 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

Venue: University of Huddersfield, West Building, 1/62.

In May 2015 millions of people around the country voted in a General Election. This autumn millions of votes will be cast from computers and phones around the UK for reality TV shows. Cinema goers will also see Suffragette, which tells a story of the women who demanded the right to vote.

Once voting was something that had to be fought and died for – now it is an element of everyday life.

This event will consider how we vote, if this may change, and what such changes will mean for us

Join colleagues from Parliament and academia for an interactive event on voting – past present and future.

The event will offer a mix of informative talks and audience led discussion

Hear from:

  • David Evans, Curator at Pontefract and Castleford Museum – on the Pontefract Secret ballot, the first ever time a secret ballot was used in the UK
  • David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons – on voting in Parliament
  • Dr Andrew Mycock, Reader in Politics, University of Huddersfield – on the future of voting

Representatives from Kirklees Council and Kirklees Youth Council will also participate in the event. Each speaker will each give a unique insight into voting and then pose a question for attendees to discuss.

This event has been arranged by the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service and Departments of Politics and History at the University of Huddersfield

Please register for the Event using the Eventbrite link here:

Decentralisation and the future of Yorkshire

February 13th 2015

The University of Huddersfield

We would like to invite you to attend a one-day symposium on regional devolution and the future of Yorkshire at the University of Huddersfield sponsored by the Political Studies Association. The event will coincide with the launch of the report on regional devolution by an All-Party Parliamentary Grouping (APPG) of MPs drawn from across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. The day will bring together politicians, business leaders, representatives of regionalist parties, academics and local organisations to discuss the prospects for decentralisation measures in Yorkshire. The symposium will include panels on regional devolution in Yorkshire; the political economy of Yorkshire; and issues of politics and regional identity in Yorkshire, looking also at previous experiences in England and across Europe. Ed Cox (Director, IPPR North) will deliver a keynote speech, and the day will finish with a roundtable discussion on the future of devolution and decentralisation in Yorkshire. In this way, the event will act as a forum for a critical and incisive debate about an increasingly salient issue in UK governance – providing a roadmap for future decentralisation strategies, and for developing a voice for Yorkshire in a new era of regional politics.

This symposium has been organised by the PSA’s Britishness Specialist Group, and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Huddersfield), with the support of organisations such as CBI Yorkshire and Humber, the Hannah Mitchell Foundation, Unlock Democracy and Local Government Yorkshire Humber. The event will take place in the Quayside facility which is behind the Central Services Building at the University of Huddersfield.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ed Cox (Institute of Public Policy Research North)
  • Jason McCartney MP
  • Barry Sheerman MP
  • Andrew Percy MP
  • Dr Eve Hepburn (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Joanie Willett (University of Exeter) and Dr John Ault (University of Bristol)
  • Len Tingle (BBC)
  • John Huddleston (CBI)
  • James H Newman (Chairman Sheffield City Region LEP)
  • Paul Salveson (Yorkshire First)
  • Harold Elletson (Campaign for the North)
  • Vicky Seddon (Unlock Democray and Sheffield for Democracy)
  • Cllr. Peter Box (Leader, Wakefield Council; Chair of LGYH and Leeds City Region Leader’s Board)

There is no charge for delegates but you will need to register on this page if you wish to attend.

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Forthcoming Group Event: Regional Devolution in England

University of Huddersfield February 2015

The fallout of the Scottish independence referendum has brought the question of the future governance of England to the fore of political debate. The Prime Minister announced that new powers for Scotland must be introduced alongside reforms in England. The divergence of approaches to the question of English governance from the main parties, and the increasing prominence of regional pressure groups in these debates, makes the subject of the event a particularly timely one. The need to provide a public forum where a better understanding of the arguments behind the various proposals, and a chance to critique and debate them, is essential if the public is to be able to make a more informed choice about the future governance of England at the next election.

This event will bring together academics, policy-makers, think-tanks and political representative. It will feature panels on themes of the politics of devolution and governance in England, and the prospects for developing regional political economies.  More information will be available shortly.