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Nationalism in contemporary Europe, Brexit, British Politics, Euroscepticism, memory politics in Europe.


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Personal profile


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

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Research area keywords

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


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