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Ben Wellings is an expert on Brexit and the politics of nationalism and Euroscepticism in contemporary Europe.

He writes regularly for The Conversation, the Globe and Mail and The Drum on Brexit, English nationalism, Euroscepticism and the politics of the European Union. Read his Conversationarticle on the implications of Brexit for Australia.

He comments regularly about Brexit on television for Sky News, the ABC, Channel 10 and on international TV and radio, as well as contributing op-eds for major newspapers and via online media.  In 2012 he debated one of the leaders of the UK’s Brexit Campaign, Daniel Hannan MEP in Auckland: Watch his debate with Daniel Hannan MEP at the New Zealand Initiative in May 2012.

Before joining Monash University in 2013 he was the Convenor of European Studies at the Australian National University from 2004.

He was educated at the University of Sussex, Edinburgh University and the Australian National University. He has worked in the House of Commons and for a public affairs company in Edinburgh advising clients on the impact of Scottish devolution, as an assistant curator at the National Museum of Australia and as a merchant seaman on the English Channel.

He is a sought after public speaker and clear communicator of complex ideas to diverse audiences.  As well as providing expert commentary for Asian media outlets and presenting his research to government in Australia, the UK and at NATO HQ in Brussels, he recently gave one of the Australian Senate’s Occasional Lectures in Canberra: ‘Taking Back Control: Parliament, Sovereignty and Brexit‘.

He has supervised PhD theses on populism and the British Political Tradition, Helmut Kohl's nationalism and foreign policy-making in the European Union. He is avialable to supervise topics on nationalism in Europe, British politics and the European Union.

External positions

Secretary, Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association

2 Jan 2016 → …


  • English Nationalism
  • Euroscepticism
  • British Politics
  • European Union
  • Great War Commemoration
  • Anglosphere
  • Brexit

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Research Output 1999 2018

Brexit and English Identity

Wellings, B., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit. Diamond, P., Nedergaard, P. & Rosamond, B. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 147-156 10 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Commemorating Race and Empire in the First World War Centenary

Wellings, B. M. E. (ed.) & Sumartojo, S. (ed.), 31 Aug 2018, (Accepted/In press) Liverpool University Press. 200 p. (Provence University Press)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Ghosts at the banquet: The fading magnetism of liberalism

Wellings, B. M. E., 1 Oct 2018, In : Australian Book Review. 405, p. 15-16 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOther

Narrative alignment and misalignment: NATO as a global actor as seen from Australia and New Zealand

Wellings, B., Kelly, S., Burton, J., Wilson, B. & Holland, M., 2018, In : Asian Security. 14, 1 , p. 24-37 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2019

Brexit: What it Means for Australia (Melbourne)

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Senate Occassional Lecture (Event)

Ben Wellings (Member)
13 Apr 2018

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of networks of excellence

Liverpool University Press (Publisher)

Benedick Mark Edward Wellings (Editor in chief), Shanti Sumartojo (Editor in chief)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Public Lecture to ALP Prahran Branch

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
15 May 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Taking Back Control: Brexit, Parliament and Sovereignty

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
13 Apr 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar