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Nigel Copsey

T:
01642 384093
Job title:
Professor
E:
n.copsey@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Arts & Media
 
 
Research institute:
Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts

About Nigel Copsey

Nigel Copsey

Nigel Copsey
Professor, School of Arts & Media
T: 01642 384093
E: n.copsey@tees.ac.uk
Research institute: Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts

Professor Copsey’s field of expertise is historic and contemporary manifestations of fascism and anti-fascism. He teaches modules on Italian Fascism, the Third Reich, Theories of Fascism, and British Fascism and Culture.

Professor Copsey is a co-director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies (CFAPS).

Read an interview with Professor Nigel Copsey

Research interests

Professor Copsey has a long-standing research interest in right-wing extremism, fascism and anti-fascism. He completed his PhD on right-wing extremism in contemporary France and Britain at the University of Portsmouth in 1995.

His first monograph, Anti-Fascism in Britain (2000), examined the history of anti-fascism in Britain from the 1920s to the present day. In this volume Professor Copsey looked at the nature of anti-fascist activity, the political backgrounds of those involved and the impact of anti-fascism on the fortunes of Britain’s domestic extremists.

In 2004 Professor Copsey published his second monograph: Contemporary British Fascism: the British National Party and the Quest for Legitimacy, a study of the British National Party – in electoral terms, Britain’s most successful extreme-right party. A second revised and expanded edition of this book was published in both paperback and hardback in 2008.

His other books include British Fascism, the Labour Movement and the State, co-edited with Dr David Renton, published in 2005; Varieties of Anti-Fascism: Britain in the Inter-War Period, co-edited with Dr Andrzej Olechnowicz, published in 2010; and British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives, co-edited with Dr Graham Macklin,  published in March 2011.

Forthcoming projects include a co-edited volume on Cultures of Post War British Fascism, and new monograph entitled Re-thinking Britain's Far Right. 

Professor Copsey is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and editor-in-chief of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies. He has been a reviewer for the ESRC and numerous international journals. His research has been disseminated in various media outlets including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, The Tablet, and Christian Science Monitor. He has also featured in a Finnish TV documentary on the European Defence Leagues.

Professor Copsey welcomes potential PhD students in the field of extremist politics.

Enterprise interests

Professor Copsey is interested in consultancy work on the far right. He has written a commissioned report on the English Defence League (2010) and he is the lead-author of a recent report on anti-Muslim hate crime and the far right (2013).

In the news

  • Mosques targeted
    The Free Library (Web), 02/02/2014
    An study led by Nigel Copsey of Teesside University on Islamophobic incidents in Britain showed the number of attacks on Islamic centers, mosques and Muslims has multiplied in the immediate aftermath


  • EDL founder quits over extremism fears
    Arab Times (Kuwait), 09/10/2013
    Nigel Copsey, an expert on the far-right at Britain's Teesside University, said the move might mean the EDL, which has already seen internal splits, will implode, but added this would not necessarily


  • Leader of British anti-Islamist protest group quits over extremism
    Yahoo Philippines News (Web), 08/10/2013, GlobalPost (Web), 08/10/2013, Reuters, 08/10/2013, Reuters India (Web), 08/10/2013, Firstpost.com (Web), 08/10/2013, Baltimore Sun (Web), 08/10/2013, Yahoo! News (Web), 08/10/2013, TrustLaw (Web), 08/10/2013,
    Nigel Copsey, an expert on the far-right at Britain's Teesside University, said the move might mean the EDL, which has already seen internal splits, will implode, but added this would not necessarily


  • Leader quits English Defence League, criticising its extremism
    NBCNews (web), 08/10/2013, Aftenposten (Web), 08/10/2013, Fyens Stiftstidende (Web), 08/10/2013, Jyllands Posten (Web).
    Nigel Copsey, an expert on the far-right at Britain's Teesside University, said the move might mean the EDL, which has already seen internal splits, will implode, but added this would not necessarily


  • Why would anyone believe in the 'Islamophobia industry'?
    New Statesman (Web), 03/10/2013
    It is difficult to say whether a rise in reported anti-Muslim incidents is because of increased awareness of the crime, or because of an actual increase in attacks. Campaigners point to the influence


  • UK muslims suffered over 1,000 attacks
    Press TV (Web), 18/08/2013
    An earlier study led by Nigel Copsey of Teesside University on Islamophobic incidents in Britain showed the number of attacks on Islamic centers, mosques and Muslims has multiplied in the immediate af


  • Islamophobic attacks on the rise in UK
    Press TV (Web), 29/07/2013
    A new study has found that between 40 and 60 percent of mosques and other Islamic centers (around 700) across the UK had been targeted since the murder of an off-duty British soldier in Woolwich, the


  • The haters are logging on
    Times Higher Education, 11/07/2013
    A report by Nigel Copsey, Professor of Modern History at Teesside University has found that three-quarters of anti-Muslim hate crimes reported to a monitoring organisation took place online.


  • New report looks at anti-Muslim hate
    Citizens' eye (web), 09/07/2013, They Work For You (Web), 09/07/2013
    Teesside University have launched the report entitled, 'Anti-Muslim Hate and the Far Right,' which outlines the role of the Far Right in anti-Muslim prejudice.


  • EDL key online Islamophobic abuser in UK
    Press TV (Web), 08/07/2013, Islam Times (Web), 08/07/2013
    A report by the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University quoted that "online expressions of anti-Muslim sentiment have reached significant proportions”.


  • Aleia Abbas
    Lancashire Telegraph , 05/07/2013, p.34
    Professor Nigel Copsey, of Teesside University, the author of the new report which showed that mosques and other Islamic centres had been targeted since 9/11.


  • Conference looks into hate crimes
    Northern Echo (North Edition), 06/07/2013, p.7
    Professor Nigel Copsey, of Teesside University, launched a two-day event at the university's Darlington campus, where he presented findings from research shows that a rise in reported anti-Muslim hate


  • Islamophobia on the rise in UK
    Press TV (Web), 06/07/2013
    The latest research by academics at Teeside University shows just how endemic Islamophobia has become in Britain since 9/11.


  • International conference on anti-Muslim hate crime
    BBC Radio Tees, 07/07/2013
    A conference marked the official launch of Teesside University’s Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at its Darlington campus.


  • EDL linked to 1/3 online anti-Muslim abuse incidents last year
    Huffington Post UK (web), 04/07/2013, Islam Times (Web), 04/07/2013
    Research by the Centre for Fascist Studies at Teesside University revealed that there were 584 recorded incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime last year.


  • Teesside University reports on hate crimes
    ITV Tyne Tees News, 04/07/2013, ITV.com (Web), 04/07/2013
    A report released by Teesside University shows that there has been an increase in internet abuse targeted at muslims.


  • Teesside University research on islamic attacks released
    Daybreak, 04/07/2013
    A report by Professor Nigel Copsey from Teesside University, found that the average number of incidents reported rose from 1.5 per day to six or seven.


  • Is the Government doing enough to protect Muslims?
    Asian Image (Web), 02/07/2013
    Professor Nigel Copsey, of Teesside University, the author of the new report which showed that between 40 and 60 per cent of mosques and other Islamic centres had been targeted since 9/11 – said: “The


  • EDL 'linked to a third' of online anti-Muslim incidents
    Channel 4 News (web), 01/07/2013
    New research by the Centre for Fascist Studies at Teesside University shows the EDL online presence is even more vitriolic and disturbing.


  • Islamophobia on rise in Britain
    The Nation Pakistan (Web), 02/07/2013, Zaman (Web), 01/07/2013,
    A new report by Professor Nigel Copsey from Teesside University reveals a surge in anti-Muslim attacks since the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.


  • UK government indifferent toward Islamophobia
    Islam Times (Web), 01/07/2013, Press TV (Web), 01/07/2013
    The study led by Nigel Copsey of Teesside University warned that Muslims have been even targeted at their homes over the past month.


  • Anti-Islamic incidents increase in wake of Woolwich murder
    The Observer, 30/06/2013, p.13; Mail Online UK (Web), 29/06/2013; UK Nigeria Online (Web), 29/06/2013; The Independent (Web), 28/06/2013; The Independent, 29/06/2013, p.8;
    A report by Teesside University analyses figures from Islamophobia watchdog Tell Mama and confirmed that tensions remain high following the Woolwich killing.


  • Anti-Islamic incidents increase in wake of Woolwich murder
    Rupee Rains (Web), 29/06/2013; Zeenews.com (Web), 29/06/2013; IndiaVision (Web), 29/06/2013; Big News Network (Web), 29/06/2013;
    A report by Teesside University analyses figures from Islamophobia watchdog Tell Mama and confirmed that tensions remain high following the Woolwich killing.


  • The Lone Wolf Terror Menace
    Sunday Sun (Newcastle), 26/05/2013, p.16
    Professor Nigel Copsey who helps runs the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University said: "The English Defence League and other far-right groups, such as the BNP


  • German spy agency stages exhibition to warn of far right
    Reuters, Reuters India (Web), Yahoo Philippines News (Web), Malaysian Insider (Web), TheStar.com.my (Web), Reuters UK (Web), Yahoo! UK and Ireland (Web), Reuters (Web); 03/05/2013
    Nigel Copsey, a professor in the far-right research centre of Britain's University of Teesside, said early intervention in a child's education can be effective but the message had to be reinforced at


  • German spy agency stages exhibition to warn of far right
    Sharenet (Web), Firstpost.com (Web), 03/05/2013
    Nigel Copsey, a professor in the far-right research centre of Britain's University of Teesside, said early intervention in a child's education can be effective but the message had to be reinforced at


  • Continuïteit fascisme en extreemrech
    NRC Handelsblad, (Netherlands) 30/04/2013; FM4 (radio), (Austria) 27/04/2013
    Professor Nigel Copsey and Dr Matthew Feldman comment on extreme fascism.


  • Shock report finds thousands of Teessiders struggle to speak English
    Gazette Live (Web), 01/02/2013; Gazette Live (Web), 01/02/2013
    Thousands of people living on Teesside struggle to speak English, it has emerged. Across Teesside, the percentage of people who do not speak English at all or not very well is 0.003% of the local popu


  • Centre for Fascist Studies opens at Teeside University
    TheNationalStudent (Web), 29/01/2013; Jewish Chronicle (Web) , 29/01/2013; Darlington & Stockton Times (Cleveland), 25/01/2013, p.5
    The first research centre in the UK for fascist, anti-fascist and post-fascist studies is to open at Teesside University and was due to be formally launched at a Holocaust Memorial Day event. The cent


  • Teesside University coverage
    BBC Radio4, Sunday, 27/01/2013, 07:33:28
    Teesside University is opening a centre for the study of right wing, fascist politics. A reader of contemporary history at Teesside University is interviewed.


  • New centre for studies on fascism
    Shropshire Star (County), 18/01/2013, p.6; Shropshire Star (Shrewsbury), 18/01/2013, p.6
    A centre dedicated to studying the extreme far right and anti-Muslim attacks has been established by a university. The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies, launched by Teesside U


  • Holocaust memorial day
    BBC Radio Tees, Mike Hill, 20/01/2013, 07:05:02, 08:03:37; BBC Radio Tees, Brigid and Dave, 20/01/2013, 10:02:56,
    As Teesside University prepares to mark Holocaust memorial day with a special event, the University lifts the lid on its new centre dedicated to the exploration of far right politics. The centre will


  • University's new centre to study rise in anti-Islam far right
    The Muslim Weekly, 18/01/2013, p.4; Research Fortnight, 16/01/2013, p.3
    A British university established a dedicated centre to study the extremist far right, with a particular focus on the increase in violent anti-Islamic sentiment and the possibility of a lone, Anders Be


  • Ground-breaking new research unit at university
    Darlington & Stockton Times (Cleveland), 18/01/2013, p.18; Darlington & Stockton Times (County Durham), 18/01/2013, p.18; BBC Radio Tees, Phil and Amy, 19/01/2013, 06:16:46
    Teesside University is launching Britain's first research unit dedicated to the study of the far right and its opponents. The ground-breaking Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies


  • Teesside University featured
    Real Radio North East: Debbie Mac, 15:00:41; Hometime, 16:01:20, 16:32:09, 18:31:55, 17:02:30: 17/01/2013
    A new department at Teesside University will looks at the history of fascism and far-right politics.


  • University to host one of country's largest Holocaust Memorial Day events
    Darlington & Stockton Times (Web), 17/01/2013; Northern Echo (Web), 17/01/2013,
    A centre dedicated to studying anti-Muslim attacks and the extreme far right has been established in Middlesbrough. The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies, launched by Teesside


  • Fascist studies centre to open
    Asian Image (Web), Peterlee Mail (Web), Berwick Advertiser (Web), Shields Gazette (Web), News Guardian (Web), Northumberland Gazette (Web), Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette (Web), Blyth and Wansbeck Today (Web), MSN UK (Web), 17/01/2013; FM4.Orf.at, 16/01/2013
    A centre dedicated to studying the extreme far right and anti-Muslim attacks has been established by Teesside University. The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies will look at the


  • Fascist studies centre to open
    Press Association, Press Association (Regional), Huffington Post UK (Blog), Sunderland Echo (Web), Wharfvalley (Web), Morpeth Herald (Web), Berwickshire News (Web), Hartlepool Mail (Web), 17/01/2013; Lancashire Evening Post, 18/01/2013, p.6
    A centre dedicated to studying the extreme far right and anti-Muslim attacks has been established by Teesside University. The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies will look at the


  • University research on the right track
    The Scotsman, 18/01/2013, p.10, The Scotsman (Web), 18/01/2013
    A centre dedicated to studying anti-muslim attacks and the extreme far right has been established in middlesbrough. The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies, launched by Teesside


  • University sets up body to study rise of far right
    The Guardian, 14/01/2013, p.12; guardian.co.uk (Web), 13/01/2013; Philippine Times (Web), 13/01/2013; Islamophobia Watch (Blog), 13/01/2013; Education News (Web), 14/01/2013; Evening Gazette (Teesside), 15/01/2013, p.15
    A British university has established a dedicated centre to study the extremist far right, with a particular focus on the increase in violent anti-Islamic sentiment and the possibility of a lone, Ander


  • University opens far right centre
    BBC (Web), 11/01/2013; Northern Echo (Web), 11/01/2013; Media Newswire (Web), 11/01/2013
    Teesside University is to open a research centre dedicated to the study of the political far right and its opposition.


  • Far-right vacuum could trigger 'lone-wolf' attacks
    The Independent, 29/12/2012, p.18; The Independent (Web), 29/12/2012; Islamophobia Watch (Blog), 29/12/2012; UK Nigeria Online (Web), 29/12/2012; Gulf Times (Qatar), 30/12/2012, p.16
    Speaking to mark the launch of the new Centre for Fascist, Antifascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University, he said there was no room for complacency: "We ignore them at our peril because