Session 8 Speakers


Dr Ben Richardson

Dr Ben Richardson is Associate Professor in International Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. His research is on international trade and sustainable development, with a focus on agricultural commodities. His most recent book is Sugar (Polity: Cambridge, 2015).


Sue Davies MBE

Strategic Policy Partner, WHICH?

Sue Davies, Strategic Policy Partner at Which?, leads the organisation’s policy work on food issues. She is also responsible for Which?’s wider work on Brexit, trade policy and the consumer landscape, including general product safety. She has represented consumer interests on a range of national and international committees. She was the Chair of the European Food Safety Authority from 2012-2016 and has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her work on food safety.


Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou

Senior Lecturer in Politics, The University of York

Sofia Vasilopoulou (PhD LSE) is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. Her work examines political dissatisfaction with democracy and democratic institutions across Europe. The findings of her research feed into debates about democratic legitimacy, accountability and representation in Europe and the European Union. Her work appears in the European Journal of  political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, West European Politics, Government and Opposition, Nations and Nationalism, South European Society and Politics, among others. She has authored Far Right Parties and Euroscepticism: Patterns of Opposition (ECPR Press and Rowman & Littlefield 2018) and co-authored The Golden Dawn’s Nationalist Solution: Explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).  She is the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research and the convenor of the ECPR Standing group on Political Parties.