Joey Gurney

Research Fellow

Joey specialises in geopolitics and has a particular interest in EU foreign and strategic policy. His recent research has primarily focused on EU-China relations. He has also covered extensively other research areas including EU-Russia relations and the EU’s geopolitical actorness. Prior to IDRN, Joey held positions for several other European-based think tanks.

He holds a Master’s in International Relations and a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Portsmouth.

Languages: English, Italian

The EU and Global Britain

After Brexit, there appears to be a more deliberate attempt from the British Government to sidestep the EU and work directly with European partners, including EU member states, through other diplomatic arrangements.

The EU’s Biodiversity Strategy

If the EU truly aims to tackle biodiversity loss and to lead the way in facing the global biodiversity crisis, then it must learn from previous failures and follow through on the ambitious targets laid out in the new strategy.

Sino-European Relations: A Three Point Action Plan

To address Chinese abuse of human rights and level the playing field with Beijing for European business the EU must focus on three key objectives: improving the EU-US relationship; introducing a meaningful Indo-Pacific strategy, and overcoming obstacles preventing a tougher EU approach to Beijing.

Covid-19 and Digital Inequalities

The Covid-19 pandemic provides the EU and the Member States with an opportunity to improve digital services and reduce digital inequalities. The importance of widespread digital access has never been more apparent and European political and business leaders must act accordingly.

Sino-European Relations: The EU’s China Strategy

There is increasing pressure within the international community for the European Union to adopt a more robust approach towards China in response to the proposed security law in Hong Kong that represents a violation of human rights and contradicts the founding values of the EU.