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EU discourses and policies

Susan Banducci has cooperated with a range of colleagues to contribute to the European Social Survey round 11 module capturing sexism and attitudes toward gender equality in Europe. Susan has also been involved in several grants investigating media, the European public sphere, and EU public support.



David Benson’s research covers various aspects of EU environmental and climate-energy policy, with a main focus on the formulation and implementation of the water acquis communautaire. Current related work includes producing a history of EU water policy and its associated research, charting the development of EU plastics pollution and circular economy regulation, examining the external Europeanizing effects of Union environmental policy via transnational policy transfer networks such as the EU Water Initiative, and understanding how European policy is supporting resilience in groundwater security under climate change. 

Claire Dunlop’s research examines the development of policy tools aimed at improving regulatory quality across all policy sectors.

Irene Fernández-Molina’s research examines the evolution of EU foreign policy towards the southern Mediterranean and the southern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy, including policy change and continuity in critical junctures such as the 2011 Arab uprisings as well as the impact of the crisis of the liberal international order on Euro-Mediterranean relations. She has also worked on EU policies in the fields of conflict management/resolution and migration with a focus on their impact on – and responses from – North African countries

Oscar Fitch-Roy has written about environmental policy discourses such as the Green Economy and Circular Economy. He has also investigated EU climate and energy policy with a particular focus on emissions trading, renewable energy, and the interaction between renewables policy and state-aid rules.

Athanassios Gouglas has examined the policy-making roles of the members of cabinet of European Commissioners, as well as the use of policy-relevant information by authors of Brexit impact studies commissioned by the European Parliament.Florian Stoeckel’s is currently analysing misinformation as part of public debates, mostly in the domain of public health, and what can be done about it.

Alison Harcourt has written on the regulation of traditional and new media markets and internet governance at EU and international levels contributing to the literature on agenda setting, regulatory competition, soft governance, Europeanisation and policy convergence.



Joasia Luzak's research analyses the effectiveness of various European consumer protection measures, considering also their impact on consumer behaviour. Many of her publications explore the main consumer protection measure, information obligations of traders, and the principle of transparency that aims to give it effect. Her current research interests revolve around the impact of digitalisation, automation, and Big Data on consumer protection.

James Mark has worked on the politics and culture of Europeanisation from the 1920s to the present day, and is particularly interested in questions of race, and memory.

David Monciardini has researched and written on the discourses and policies of EU regulation of sustainability reporting (i.e. listed companies disclosure of social, environmental, employees, human rights). He has researched and published on the construction of the EU sustainable finance discourse. He also worked on the development of EU circular economy policies.

Konstantinos Polomarkakis has written extensively on the trajectory of the social dimension of the EU, as well as recent developments such as the European Pillar of Social Rights, with particular focus on labour and employment law, non-discrimination law and social rights.

Florian Stoeckel’s is currently analysing misinformation as part of public debates, mostly in the domain of public health, and what can be done about it.