Professor Charlotte Burns announced as new Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations

We are pleased to announce that, as of September 2022, Professor Charlie Burns has been appointed the new Head of Department.

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After a successful two years as the Head of our Department, Professor Ruth Blakely has the pleasure of announcing Professor Charlotte (Charlie) Burns as the new Head of Department for the Department of Politics and International Relations. Department staff offer heartfelt thanks to Ruth for her hard work, strong leadership, and resilience in the face of the turbulence of the last few years, and we wish to congratulate Charlie on her new role within the Department.

I am delighted to be taking on the role of Head of the Department and look forward to working with colleagues to deliver exciting cutting-edge research and teaching that can inform wider debates, and equip our students to achieve their long term ambitions.

Professor Charlie Burns

Head of Department, Department of Politics and International Relations

Charlie joined the Department in 2017 as a Professorial Fellow, she was the Department’s first Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion from 2018 to 2020. She became Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in 2020 before becoming Head of Department. Charlie researches EU and UK environmental policy, with a recent focus upon crises and Brexit. Her research has been funded by a range of bodies, most recently the ESRC with Dr Ruth Little to investigate the impacts and implications of Brexit for agricultural policy and with Professor Rosaleen Duffy to investigate the impact of illegal wildlife trade in the EU (Beastly Business). Charlie also co-founded the academic network Brexit and Environment, which provides authoritative and impartial independent research on how Brexit has affected environmental policy and governance. Charlie is passionately committed to widening access to Higher Education (HE) and works with colleagues from the OfS funded Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education (YCEDE) to address structural inequalities in HE.  

Congratulations to Professor Charlie Burns, Head of Department for the Department of Politics and International Relations.

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