Anand Menon: spreading the benefits of globalisation

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London, and Director of the ESRC-funded research initiative The UK in a Changing Europe. He has written on many aspects of contemporary Europe including the EU and European security.

Anand Menon

Why did you pursue an academic career?

My inspiration came largely from my PhD supervisor, Vincent Wright. He had a uniquely positive approach to both research and teaching which was infectious and made the profession appear hugely appealing. He also, of course, in retrospect, had an uncanny knack of avoiding administrative tasks! Continue reading

Introducing our new blog

Jacky Clake, Head of Communications at ESRC


I’m delighted to introduce you to our new blog. We will use the blog to share thoughts, opinions and knowledge of the ESRC and social science issues and activities. We also want to give you a chance to get to know some of our staff and the work that we do, along with the research that we fund. We’re particularly pleased to launch the blog during our 50th anniversary year.

The blog will feature posts from a variety of contributors, including our Chief Executive, Directors, staff and guest experts from outside ESRC. It will also provide an opportunity for our researchers to comment on topical issues, latest research and activities.

We look forward to an open and engaging relationship with our readers. We don’t want the blog to be a one-way street and we encourage you to engage with the content and contributors by providing comments or by discussing the blog posts. Please read our blog comments policy. You can also be part of the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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