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Biography

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 → …

Keywords

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

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Research Output 1999 2019

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

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

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

The Anglosphere: Continuity, Dissonance and Location

Wellings, B. (ed.) & Mycock, A. (ed.), Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Proceedings of the British Academy; vol. 226)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Anzac, Race and Empire: Memorialising Soldiers and Warriors of Australia

Sumartojo, S. & Wellings, B. M. E., 2018, Commemorating Race and Empire in the First World War Centenary. Wellings, B. & Sumartojo, S. (eds.). Aix-en-Provence France: Presses Universitaires De Provence, p. 169-186 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

Activities 2017 2019

  • 6 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 2 Contribution to conference
  • 2 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 Membership of networks of excellence

Brexit: deal or no deal?

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
22 Jul 2019

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

Brexit: What it Means for Australia (Melbourne)

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
27 Feb 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

The UK, EU and Australia After Brexit: What's Next?

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
16 Apr 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

John Monash Science School

Ben Wellings (Contributor)
17 Aug 2018

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

Press / Media

Brexit: Johnson loses election vote

Ben Wellings

5/09/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Brexit: Johnson loses election vote

Ben Wellings

5/09/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Brexit: Johnson Loses Vote in Parliament

Ben Wellings

4/09/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Brexit: PM Johnson Loses Commons Vote

Ben Wellings

4/09/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Who's in Charge of Britain?

Ben Wellings

30/08/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature