Britain's withdrawal from the European Union is one of the biggest issues facing our society, continually raising questions and generating intense debate.
Academics from across Goldsmiths are part of these conversations, with our researchers investigating how the most significant political change in a generation will affect the lives of those in the UK, Europe and across the globe.
With one year to go until Brexit on 29 March 2019, here's a selection of work from members of the Goldsmiths community which addresses the UK's exit from the EU – as well as information about how the College is supporting students and staff in response to the referendum result.
Brexit Brits Abroad
BrExpats is an innovative sociological study led by Michaela Benson (Sociology) that questions what Brexit means for Britons resident in other European Union member states. The research aims to raise awareness of the diversity of British citizens living in the EU27 and their lived experiences of Brexit. Working closely with Britons living across the EU27, it keeps a finger on the pulse of how they experience Brexit and its impacts on their lives as it unfolds.
The project, and comments from Michaela are also featured in an article for The Atlantic.
Here is a selection of news stories over the year that have covered how xenophobia was a strong predictor of a Brexit vote, reactions from our political experts, and early predictions for Brexit following the vote on 23 June 2016.
What sort of crisis is this?
Professor Aeron Davis (Department of Media and Communications) and Dr Will Davies (Department of Politics and International Relations) have published a Brexit blog posts on the Political Economy Research Centre website and an article in the Washington Post respectively, exploring post-referendum economic and political chaos, and how voters were more likely to vote Leave due to lack of hope.
"Where do we go from here? It’s really difficult to say and there are lots of very different views about the future"
Dr Simon Griffiths from the Department of Politics and International Relations discusses the various motivations that Leave voters had, from protesting the free movement of people, to maintaining the homogenous society of their youth.
Supporting students and staff
With more than 250 EU staff working at Goldsmiths, the College has been providing advice about Brexit, including briefing sessions for all employees.