Dr Charlotte Galpin

Dr Charlotte Galpin

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Lecturer in German and European Politics
Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies

Contact details

School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Charlotte Galpin is Lecturer in German and European Politics and Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. Her research is concerned with European identities, EU citizenship, Euroscepticism and the European public sphere. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the media and EU legitimacy. 


  • PhD Political Science and International Studies (Birmingham)
  • MA European Integration (Birmingham)
  • BA (Hons) French and German Studies (Warwick)


Charlotte Galpin joined the department in May 2017. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen where was researching the role of the media in amplifying Euroscepticism. She has also been a teaching fellow at the University of Bath, and completed her PhD at the Institute for German Studies, POLSIS, in 2014.

She has also been a visiting researcher at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Free University Berlin, and the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies at the University of Wrocław, Poland.

Dr Galpin is currently working on a new project on EU citizenship, online mobilisation and Brexit, and as well as analysing German perceptions of Brexit.

Dr Galpin has presented her research internationally, and has provided analysis of German politics for a number of news outlets, including Associated Press, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio West Midlands, Deutsche Welle, Business Insider UK, the i newspaper, and the Huffington Post. She has also given evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

She speaks German (advanced), French (advanced), Polish (intermediate), and Danish (beginner). 


  • Institutions, Politics and Policies of the European Union.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Galpin is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • European identities
  • European Public Sphere
  • Euroscepticism
  • The role of Germany and/or Britain in Europe
  • Brexit


Research interests

Dr Galpin's research focuses on a number of areas:

  • European identities
  • EU citizenship
  • Euroscepticism
  • The construction and contestation of crisis
  • European public sphere, including social media
  • German politics and society
  • Brexit

Current projects

Dr Galpin is working on a number of research projects.

  • Brexit and the Pandora’s Box of EU Citizenship: Online Mobilisation During Brexit’ (with Hans-Jörg Trenz, University of Copenhagen)
  • Online Euroscepticism and Media Negativity (with Hans-Jörg Trenz, University of Copenhagen)
  • The marginalisation of women’s voices in European Parliament election news in Germany and the UK
  • Transnational perspectives on Brexit (with Patrick Bijsmans, Maastricht University, and Benjamin Leruth, University of Canberra).



Galpin, Charlotte (2017). The Euro Crisis and European Identities: Political and Media Discourse in Germany, Ireland and Poland. Palgrave MacMillan

Journal articles and book chapters

Galpin, Charlotte and Trenz, Hans-Jörg (forthcoming), ‘Die Euroskeptizismus Spirale: EU-Berichterstattung und Medien-Negativität (The Spiral of Euroscepticism: EU News and Media Negativity)‘, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie

Bijsmans, P., Galpin, C., & Leruth, B. (2017). ‘‘Brexit’ in transnational perspective: an analysis of newspapers in France, Germany and the Netherlands’, Comparative European Politics

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca; Galpin, Charlotte; Rosamond, Ben (2017) Performing Brexit: How a Post-Brexit World is Imagined Outside the UKBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 19, No. 3

Trenz, Hans-Jörg; Galpin, Charlotte (2017), ‘The Spiral of Euroscepticism: Media Negativity, Framing and Opposition to the EU’, In Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe. ed. / Simona Guerra; Manuela Caiani. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 49-71.

Galpin, Charlotte (2017) ‘Chronology: The European Union in 2017’, Journal of Common Market Studies, Annual Review

Galpin, Charlotte (2016) ‘Chronology: The European Union in 2015’, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 54, Annual Review, pp. 218-224

Galpin, Charlotte (2015), ‘Has Germany Fallen Out of Love With Europe? The Eurozone Crisis and the Normalisation of Germany’s European Identity’, German Politics and Society, Vol. 33, No. 1/2 (Spring/Summer 2015)

Working papers

Galpin, C. and Trenz, H.J. (2018), “Rethinking First- and Second-Order Elections Media Negativity and Polity Contestation during the 2014 European Parliament Elections in Germany and the UK”, ARENA Working Paper 3/2018, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, available online at http://www.sv.uio.no/arena/english/research/publications/arena-working-papers/2018/wp-3-18.pdf


Brändle, Verena K., Galpin, Charlotte, Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2018) ‘On the Frontline: Brexit as Bereavement’, Discover Society, 9th January 2018, available at: https://discoversociety.org/2018/01/09/on-the-frontline-brexit-as-bereavement/

Galpin, Charlotte (2017), ‘The German election and the UK’s new irrelevance’, Progressive Review, Institute for Public Policy Research, 7th November 2017, available at: https://ippr.org/juncture-item/the-german-election-and-the-uk-s-new-irrelevance

Galpin, Charlotte (2017), ‘The German election: What does it mean for Europe?’ E-International Relations, 4th October 2017, available at: http://www.e-ir.info/2017/10/04/the-german-election-what-does-it-mean-for-europe/

Brändle, Verena K., Galpin, Charlotte, Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2017), ‘The Tragedy of Brexit: Pro-European Mobilisation After the Referendum’, The Sociological Review Blog, 28th July 2017, available at: https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/blog/the-tragedy-of-brexit-pro-european-mobilisation-after-the-referendum.html

Galpin, Charlotte (2017), ‘If you think David Davis has U-turned on ID cards, think again’, The Conversation, 6th July 2017,https://theconversation.com/if-you-think-david-davis-has-u-turned-on-id-cards-think-again-80567

Galpin, Charlotte (2016), ‘Boris Johnson is damaging Germany’s goodwill towards the UK’, LSE BrexitVote, 13th October 2016, available at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2016/10/13/boris-johnson-is-damaging-germanys-goodwill-towards-the-uk/

‘Project Fear: How the negativity of the referendum campaign undermines democracy’, LSE BrexitVote, 13th June 2016, available at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/06/13/project-fear-how-the-negativity-of-the-referendum-campaign-undermines-democracy/


  • European Union
  • Germany and German politics
  • British politics / Brexit
  • Euroscepticism and identity

Languages and other information

Charlotte Galpin also speaks German (advanced) and French (intermediate). 

Media experience

Charlotte Galpin has provided analysis of German politics for a number of news outlets, including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio West Midlands, Associated Press, Deutsche Welle, Business Insider UK, the i newspaper and the Huffington Post.