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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Brexit and public policy (environment, agriculture, etc.)
- Environmental Policy in the European Union


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Personal profile

Research Statement

My research focuses on the interactions between policy change (direction and extent) and shocks to policy making systems. Under this broad research agenda, I'm pursuing two different, yet related areas of inquiries:

  • Policy dismantling in the European Union, and how calls for Better Regulation, more subsidiarity and cutting 'EU red tape' are linked to efforts to further integrate or disintegrate the EU. This work looks in particular at environmental policy in the EU from the early 1990s to nowadays, the role of key Member States such as the UK and the European Commission.
  • Post-Brexit policy and governance of the environment in the UK. I am co-chair of Brexit & Environment, a network of academic experts analysing how Brexit is affecting the environment. As part of this network, I am most interested in the governance gaps arising from the UK's departure from the EU and the challenges addressing these gaps create for a devolved UK. My work in this area looks especially at environment & agricultural policy development, the special case of Northern Ireland and the development of common frameworks. 

Research Focus

Dr Gravey's research focuses on the relationship between policy change and shocks to policy-making systems.  This is reflected in two main areas of research. First, environmental policy dismantling in the European Union – and its links to further European (dis)integration.

Second, after investigating how the EU has shaped UK environmental & agricultural policy and governance, her current work focuses on the potential policy and governance changes linked to the re-patriation of EU law in the UK and the devolved regions after Brexit, notably in Northern Ireland. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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