Major Review Scotland and Europe: Disruption, Continuity and Change – Programme Launch

9 January 2019
Scottish Centre on European Relations launches major Europe Review: Scotland and Europe: Disruption, Continuity and Change

SCER’s new major programme on Scotland and Europe is launching today. It will address some of the big challenges facing the European Union including:

  • Is the EU fragmenting or can it find a new solidarity?
  • How can populism be kept at bay in Europe?
  • How can the EU play a more influential role in the world – from rights to development, security and climate change?
  • What needs to be done to tackle inequality within and between member states?
  • What does a 21st century industrial strategy for the EU look like?

SCER will draw on a range of experts and authors to take an in-depth look at these issues and, through the lens of the future of the EU, to ask:

  • What are Scotland’s main European interests are and what should its future European strategy look like (in whatever direction Brexit and constitutional issues go next)?

The Scotland and Europe programme will publish the results of its work in a major report in late April 2019. The Programme is led by Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director, SCER. A high level Strategic Advisory Group is advising on the work (full membership below). SCER will hold a number of public and off-the-record events in the course of the work programme.

Dr Kirsty Hughes (Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations) said:

“In 2019, the EU will elect a new parliament and choose new presidents for the European Commission and Council. The EU faces major and pressing political and policy issues – from climate change to changing global geopolitics to democratic and economic challenges at home.”

She added:

“Scotland has interests in all these issues and has a role to play in engaging in policy debates on where the EU goes next. Brexit, if it happens, should not distract from a strong Scottish engagement in Europe’s future.”

SCER Advisory Board member, Professor Tobias Lock, Professor of Law at the National University of Ireland Maynooth said:

“SCER is set to ask some really crucial questions about Scotland’s European interests in this Review. The big European challenges have not gone away because of Brexit and it’s great to see some in-depth work get underway on how Scotland can play its part in debating the best way ahead for Europe.”

Scotland and Europe Review: Strategic Advisory Group Membership

Dr Kirsty Hughes (chair)
Director · SCER

Dame Mariot Leslie
Former UK Diplomat and Ambassador

Professor Tobias Lock
Professor of Law · National University of Ireland Maynooth

Professor Nicola McEwen
Professor of Territorial Politics · University of Edinburgh

Dr Eve Hepburn FRSA
Director · PolicyScribe

David Gow
Editor ·

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli FRSE FRSA FAcSS
Principal and Vice Chancellor · University of Glasgow

John Downie
Director of Public Affairs · Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Jane Salmonson
Chief Executive · Scotland’s International Development Alliance

Professor Kurt Mills
Professor of International Relations and Human Rights · University of Dundee

Dr Uta Staiger FRSA
Executive Director · University College London European Institute, and UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe)

Dr Fabian Zuleeg
Chief Executive and Chief Economist · European Policy Centre


Dr Kirsty Hughes · Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations
Contact Dr Hughes by email

The Scottish Centre on European Relations is an independent and unaligned EU think tank, based in Edinburgh.