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Dr Rachel Minto

Dr Rachel Minto

Lecturer in Politics

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I'm a Lecturer in Politics with a background in EU politics and governance and a particular interest in gender equality. Drawing on this research background, 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 a post-devolution UK. One stream of this work focuses on European networks and what Brexit will mean for UK-based actors who participate within these. Some of this research has recently been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies (2020) and is also forthcoming in British Politics (2021, co-authored with Dr Paul Copeland). I am also exploring the (pre and post-Brexit) relationships between the EU and the UK's devolved nations, with particular attention to Wales. Recent published research has focused on the significance of EU membership for gender equality governance in Wales (Regional Studies 2020, co-authored with Dr Alison Parken) and ongoing research is focusing more broadly on multi-level governance/paradiplomacy post-Brexit.

I have been an active member of the Wales Governance Centre since October 2016 where I began researching Brexit and UK devolved politics. 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.

Engagement and knowledge exchange: I am actively involved in knowledge exchange between academics and policy-makers in Wales and beyond. At the heart of this work is EU Exchange Wales. This is a forum for regular EU-related discussion and exchange between Cardiff University academics and Welsh Government policy-makers. I established this network in 2013 and it now has a membership of c.100 individuals from across the Welsh Government and Cardiff University.

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

I am actively involved in gender equality activity beyond academia. Most recently, I have joined the Steering Group to establish the Welsh Women’s Budget Group (WWBG) (invited from November 2020).  I am also one of the coordinators of the Women in Europe (Wales) network, which sits as part of the Senedd’s Cross-Party Group on Women (invited, from 2018) and a member of the Gender Network, which is linked to Welsh Government's Third Sector Partnership Council (invited, from 2018). I am also Chair of Cardiff Women's Aid. All of this activity beyond academic draws from and serves to disseminate my feminist research experience.

    Policy-focused contributions, including for for governmental and parliamentary actors (recent selection)

    7 December 2020: Presentation at the UK Government’s Cabinet Office (“Constitution School”) on Wales, Brexit and devolution with Prof. Jo Hunt

    8 October 2020: Panel member on the webinar, “The B-word: What next for rights and equality?” hosted by the Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform as part of their “A feminist future” webinar series, event report available here: https://blog.niwep.org/sites/default/files/NIWEP%20webinar%20series%20-%20summary%20paper%20webinar%204.pdf 

    18 September 2020: Panel member for the Wales Centre for Public Policy’s webinar, “A Conversation on Wales’ Future”, with Carywn Jones MS and Auriol Miller. A recording is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9ZzUQIgX8g 

    21 October 2019: Participant in the National Assembly for Wales’ External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee “Round table discussion with academics on the Welsh Government’s draft international strategy”, available to view here: http://www.senedd.tv/Meeting/Archive/5ef0fc77-3528-47bd-970b-2d647bd2a4c2?autostart=True# - Contributions cited in the Committee’s “Report on the Welsh Government’s Draft International Strategy”, published on 12 December 2019, available here: http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=26987 

    29 May 2019: “Gender mainstreaming” and “Monitoring and Evaluation” presentations as part of the Equality Mainstreaming: Policy Audit and Development Workshops, for Welsh Government officials on 29 May 2019

    Public events (recent selection)

    22 November 2019: Organised, co-ordinated and hosted the 27th Public Uni event, Chapter Arts Centre, with five Cardiff University academics, sharing their research with the general public

    25 June 2019: Panel member (with Prof. Jo Hunt, Prof. Roger Awan-Scully and Prof. Daniel Wincott) for Wales Governance Centre event, “Brexit: 3 Years On” at the Pierhead Building, public event, including a presentation: “Brexit: The State of Play”, available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrFS8iATlc8  NB as of 9 July 2019, the recording of this panel event of four contributions had been viewed over 10,000 times)

    9 April 2019: ‘Brexit: Where are we now? Where are we going’, charity event organised by The Admiral graduate scheme to raise money for The Wallich, Little Man Coffee Company, Cardiff

    28 March 2019: Panel member for Brexit Question Time, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

    27 March 2019: Panel member for Welsh Centre for International Affairs and Wales Governance Centre event on ‘Wales in a post-Brexit world’, Temple of Peace, Cardiff

    Reports and other media (recent selection)

    October 2019: Consultant (unpaid) for the drafting of the report “Brexit: Voices of Women in Wales Matter”, a working paper by the cross-party Women in Europe (Wales) Network (of which I am a co-ordinator), hosted by the National Assembly for Wales’ Cross-Party Group on Women

    1 August 2019: “Equality Mainstreaming: Policy Development Model” by Dr Alison Parken, with Natasha Davies, Dr Rachel Minto and Polly Trenow, available here: https://chwaraeteg.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Equality-Mainstreaming-Policy-Development-Model.pdf 

    3 May 2019: “Wales in Europe post-Brexit”, with Prof Kevin Morgan, Click on Wales (Institute of Welsh Affairs blog), available here: https://www.iwa.wales/click/2019/05/wales-in-europe-post-brexit/ 

    15 March 2019: Contribution to Golau, Cardiff University Podcast, “Meaningful Vote Gareth”, available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-144128765/meaningful-vote-gareth 


    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).










    I am currently convening the following modules:

    • EU Politics (Year 2);
    • Politics and Governance of Brexit (Year 3).

    I also teach regularly on the postgraduate module Contemporary Welsh Politics.

    I have contributed to the following Undergraduate modules in the School of Law and Politics: Introduction to European Integration; Politics and Policies of the EU; Gender, Sex and Death in Global Politics; Legal Foundations ; Public Law; EU Law; Law of the Internal Market; EU Substantive Law .

    I have contributed to the following Postgraduate modules in the School of Law and Politics: European Law and Governance; Multilateralism and International Law; Constitutionalism and Governance.

    I have also given guest lectures in the School of Social Sciences and the Business School.

    My teaching has covered the following topics: various aspects of the politics, law and governance of the European Union; Brexit; post-devolution UK politics and governance; non-discrimination and equality; gender equality politics and governance.


    I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

    • Gender equality politics and governance
    • Brexit and EU-UK relations
    • Brexit and devolution