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Personal profile

Biography

Ben Wellings is an expert on Brexit and the politics of nationalism and Euroscepticism in contemporary Europe. His current research focuses on the relationship of nationalism in contemporary England to Brexit and the Anglosphere.

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 on television and radio for the ABC, Sky News, 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 and his 2019 Bloomberg interview on Brexit here.

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 Australian and 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, the European Union and the Anglosphere.

External positions

Secretary, Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association

2 Jan 2016 → …

Research area keywords

  • English Nationalism
  • Euroscepticism
  • British Politics
  • European Union poliitcs
  • Nationalism
  • Anglosphere
  • Brexit
  • Political ideology

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Research Output

English Nationalism, Brexit and the Anglosphere: Wider still and wider

Wellings, B. M. E., 2019, Manchester UK: Manchester University Press. 205 p. (New Perspectives on the Right)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Entangled Histories: Identity, Eurovision and European Integration

Kalman, J. A. & Wellings, B., Nov 2019, Eurovisions: Identity and the International Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956. Kalman, J., Wellings, B. & Jacotine, K. (eds.). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-20 19 p.

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

Eurovisions: The Identity and the International Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest

Wellings, B. (ed.), Kalman, J. (ed.) & Jacotine, K. (ed.), Oct 2019, Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

'Making your mind up': Britian, Europe and Eurovision-Scepticism

Wellings, B., Jay, Z. & Strong, C., 2019, Eurovisions: Identity and the International Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest sinc 1956. Kalman, J., Wellings, B. & Jacotine, K. (eds.). Gateway East Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 47-72 27 p.

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

Nairn's England and the progressive dilemma: reappraising Tom Nairn on English nationalism

Wellings, B. & Kenny, M., 2019, In : Nations and Nationalism. 25, 3, p. 847-865 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities

Brexit and the 2019 UK General Election

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
14 Nov 2019

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

Brexit: deal or no deal?

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
22 Jul 2019

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

English Nationalism, Brexit and the Anglosphere

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
26 Mar 2019

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

English Nationalism, Brexit and the Anglosphere

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
20 Nov 2019

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

Breaking Down Brexit

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
23 Oct 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Press / Media

Brexit Day

Ben Wellings

31/01/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

UK leaves the EU

Ben Wellings

31/01/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

National Days

Ben Wellings

26/01/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Brexit and English Nationalism

Ben Wellings

12/12/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

The History of War Writing

Ben Wellings

11/11/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities