Ed Biggins

Vice-President & Head of Research

Prior to co-founding IDRN, Ed previously gained experience in research and events in a think tank in London, and now works in the UK Parliament. His areas of interest include international development in Europe, Asia and Africa and international theory, with a particular focus on the international political theory of Japan.

Ed holds a Bachelor’s with Honours in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University and a Master’s in International Relations from The University of Sheffield, and his articles have been featured on the EUObserver and the On Think Tanks website.

In his spare time, Ed enjoys reading and learning about history and mythology.

Languages: English

Limits of My World: The politics of language

After the inclusion of ten Eastern European countries into the EU between 2004 and 2007, English replaced French as the lingua franca of the institutions in Brussels, with its importance to modern communication transcending the socio-economic levels of European society.

Polluting at a Premium: The EU’s emissions trading system

With increasing mainstream financial appeal and other international trading systems being developed, the EU’s ETS will be a useful tool in the fight against climate change. Policymakers will need to remain vigilant to keep it working effectively.

Pandemics and Persistent Politicians: The link between Covid-19 and continuity

Whilst many decisions appear rooted in social and economic issues, there is a wider trend affecting Europe’s voting populations. As citizens return to polling stations in the aftermath of the first wave, they highlight their greatest current need – the need for consistency and regularity, in a world wracked with uncertainty.

Next Generation EU: The Union United

In only two months, the bloc’s leaders have agreed upon a recovery package. With the deal nearly done, now only needing to pass through the European and national parliaments, it is prudent to look at the main points of emphasis and identify the winners and losers of Next Generation EU.