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PPL Internationalisation Director


Lawrence Hardy is a senior lecturer whose teaching focuses on international relations and European studies.

Prior to entering academia he was a manager for 26 years with a major local authority in the UK.


Prior to entering academia in 2001 Lawrence headed support services in the  Norfolk County Council town and country planning department (1975-85), planning and property department (1985-93) and planning and transportation department (1993-2001).  Responsibilities included business and service planning, managing administration, human resources, finance, ICT services and other support as well as direct service functions.   He has also worked for Durham County Council.

External Activities

  • Annual Erasmus exchanges with HoWest University College, Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Student internships and professional practice project placements
  • Study and employability visit programmes to Geneva, Brussels, Kortrijk and elsewhere

Key Research Interests and Expertise



Key Responsibilities

  •   Course Director: International Relations and Modern Languages
  • School Employability Director
  • School alumni representative  
  • Practitioner speaker programme organiser
  • School Internationalisation team member

Professional Activities

  • European Institute for Asian Studies- international public seminars in Brussels on EU and its relationship with Asia. Attendees include locally based business and diplomatic actors, academics, and public servants.
  • East of England UEA Brussels Office Partnership- relationship manager


British politics; European studies and politics; local government and politics and local governance in general.

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests focus on international relations, European studies, local government, and ensuring that students develop the skills required for successful study in higher education and have opportunities to enhance their employability.  Previously taught subjects covered the EU’s role in international affairs, European media, politics and mass media, sub-national governance, Britain’s relationship with the rest of Europe, an introduction study of the European Union, and localism in Britain.