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Dr Rachel Minto

Dr Rachel Minto

Research Associate

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Research Associate - Brexit and UK devolved politics

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I joined the Wales Governance Centre in October 2016 to undertake research into Brexit and UK devolved politics. Building on my background in EU politics and governance, I am now addressing questions surrounding the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and the implications this will have for the politics and governance of the UK and the devolved nations.

In particular, I am interested in the following: the differential implications of the UK's withdrawal from the EU across the different nations of the UK (with particular attention to Wales); intra-UK governance both during the Brexit process and post-Brexit; Wales as a distinct actor within the EU, before, during and post-Brexit; as well as remaining attentive to 'the other side of the negotiating table', including the changing nature of the EU.

Latest blogpost: "So, what about this 'All UK' Brexit?", with Jo Hunt, 30 March 2017, The UK in a Changing Europe website, available here: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/so-what-about-this-all-uk-brexit/

Prior to joining the Wales Governance Centre, my research focused on EU politics and governance, as part of the Centre for European Law and Governance. From January 2013, I was a Research Associate on the project “Law, Science and Interests in European Policy-making” (LASI), an interdisciplinary research project funded by the European Research Council (PI: Prof. Stijn Smismans).  As part of this project, I focused on horizontal governance practices, specifically the Commission's Integrated Impact Assessment, policy evaluation and mainstreaming. I also undertook some sector-specific work for the project, focusing on processes of participation and the use of different types of expertise within European employment policy; including the creation and use of employment indicators.

As a complement to this governance research, I have a particular interest in gender and equality. This research builds largely on my PhD thesis on gender mainstreaming in the EU.

Some of my latest work:

Forthcoming: "Gender mainstreaming and evaluation in the EU: Comparative perspectives from Feminist Institutionalism" with Lut Mergaert, International Journal of Feminist Politics

2016: "Winners and Losers: the EU Referendum Vote and its Consequences for Wales" with Jo Hunt and Jayne Woolford, Journal of Contemporary European Research 12(4): 824-34. Available (open access) here: http://www.jcer.net/index.php/jcer/article/view/812

2016: “Is the Impact Assessment an effective tool for mainstreaming in the European Union?” with Prof. Stijn Smismans, Regulation and Governance, early view from May 2016. Available (open access) here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rego.12119/abstract

2016: “A Changing UK in a Changing Europe: The UK State between European Union and devolution”, The Political Quarterly, with Jo Hunt, Michael Keating and Lee McGowan. Available (open access) here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-923X.12260/full

2016: “The UK and the European Union”, Introduction to The Political Quarterly Issue “The UK and the European Union”, with Anand Menon and Daniel Wincott. Available (open access) here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-923X.12266/full

2015: “Ex ante and ex post evaluations: two sides of the same coin? The case of gender mainstreaming in EU Research Policy” with Lut Mergaert, European Journal of Risk Regulation 6(1): 47-56  Available (open access) here: http://www.lexxion.de/en/zeitschriften/fachzeitschriften-englisch/ejrr/open-access-articles.html

Engagement and knowledge exchange: I am actively involved in knowledge exchange between academics and policy-makers in Wales. I was awarded funding from the ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe initiative to continue and develop “EU Exchange Wales” from October 2015-Decemebr 2016; an initiative that I launched in 2013. EU Exchange Wales has continued into 2017, providing a regular forum for EU-related discussion between Cardiff University academics and Welsh Government policy-makers. For more information, please see the blogpost here. To keep up to date with the latest EU Exchange Wales sessions, please see here and #EUExchangeWales (@RA_Minto). Please contact me for further details.

In addition to EU Exchange Wales, I have also provided seminars and briefings on EU-related matters for Welsh Government officials, National Assembly for Wales Commission staff, Welsh MPs and Assembly Members. I have also provided evidence to Committees from the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales in the context of Brexit.

Teaching: I have contributed to teaching in the School of Law and Politics, the School of Social Sciences and the Business School. My teaching has covered the following topics: politics, law and governance of the European Union; Brexit; non-discrimination and equality; gender; social policy; and, immigration and asylum.

Twitter: @RA_Minto

Some blog posts:

"So, what about this 'All UK' Brexit?", with Jo Hunt, 30 March 2017, The UK in a Changing Europe website, available here: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/so-what-about-this-all-uk-brexit/

"Joyeuse Saint-David!", 1 March 2017, The UK in a Changing Europe website, available here: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/joyeuse-saint-david/

"Negotiating Brexit: What does Wales want?", with Jo Hunt, 8 November 2016, The UK in a Changing Europe website, available here: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/negotiating-brexit-what-does-wales-want/

"How the EU Referendum could hit the Welsh election and vice versa", 1 May 2016, BBC Wales Election 2016, available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2016-wales-36174018

"The UK's EU Renegotiation Agenda: The Devolution Factor", with Jo Hunt, 5 January 2016, The UK in a Changing Europe website, available here: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/the-uks-eu-renegotiation-the-devolution-factor/

"Brussels in the shadow of 'Better Regulation'", 25 June 2015, Cardiff Law School blog, available here: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/law/brussels-in-the-shadow-of-better-regulation-dr-rachel-minto/

(edited version) "Brussels in the shadow of 'Better Regulation'", 12 August 2015, The UK in a Changing Europe website, available here: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/brussels-in-the-shadow-of-better-regulation/

"Wales - the same but different?", with Jo Hunt and Dan Wincott, 1 June 2015, The UK in a Changing Europe website, available here: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/wales-the-same-but-different/

"EU Exchange Wales - Academics and policy-makers discuss Europe", 23 February 2015, Cardiff Law School blog available here: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/law/eu-exchange-wales-academics-and-policy-makers-discuss-europe-by-dr-rachel-minto/


I completed my Ph.D. in Politics at the University of Bristol in 2012, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.  Entitled “Gender mainstreaming in the European Union’s Coordination of Immigrant Integration”, my Ph.D. research analysed and evaluated the interpretation of gender mainstreaming in the EU.  This included three months working as an intern at the European Women’s Lobby Secretariat in Brussels.

I have worked as Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) (2012), as well as compiling the online resources for students and lecturers to accompany the two most recent editions of the higher education textbook European Union Politics (3rd edition, 2010 and 4th edition, 2013), edited by Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (published by Oxford University Press).  I have also worked as a Researcher (intern) for the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol (2011-12), focusing particularly on the internationalisation of higher education and research.

Qualifications: B.Sc. Physics (University of Birmingham); M.A. European Studies (European Research Institute, University of Birmingham); M.Sc. Social Science Research Methods (University of Bristol); Ph.D. Politics (University of Bristol).

For a full professional CV, please see LinkedIn: Rachel Minto