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European states – policies and politics

Sarah Cooper explores the legal-political regulation of gender issues from a UK and Europe wide perspective, with a particular concentration on healthcare and reproductive rights.



Irene Fernández-Molina has explored the intersection between EU and EU member states’ foreign policies towards the southern Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the bottom-up Europeanisation of the foreign policies of the Maghreb’s former colonial powers (i.e. France, Spain, Italy).

Athanassios Gouglas has been working on the circulation of legislators (legislative turnover) in West European parliaments since 1945, the extent to which it happens and the reasons why, as well as its effects on policy outcomes. Thanassis has also been studying political advisers in the offices of ministers and prime ministers, with a focus on adviser policy roles and their interactions with public servants and ministers in the executive triangle.

Alison Harcourt specialises in the regulation of digital markets with expertise in the UK, Germany, Italy and France.


Lise Herman has done research on partisan identification in the French and Hungarian party systems, with a specific focus on how party members articulate partisanship and democratic values in both countries.




Kuba Jablonowski’s research explores political mobilisation and social change in the context of Brexit governance, and as part of the wider trend of digital transformation in public administration. He currently works on a project investigating the EU Settlement Scheme as a case study of digitisation of future borders and immigration status.

Joasia Luzak is an expert in the field of consumer protection, evaluating whether the Member States, especially the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, have correctly implemented European provisions in this area.

Bice Maiguashca’s research has, for the most part, centred on the nature, trajectory and significance of Left politics/movements in the UK and beyond. More concretely, her work with Catherine Eschle explored the rise of feminist anti-capitalist activism in the context of the European and World Social Forums during the 2000’s while her later work with Jonathan Dean shifted the focus to the specificities of left politics in Britain and the ways in which activist struggles around Occupy LSX, the People’s Assembly and the Labour Party under Corbyn have sought to contest forms of neoliberal governance and its attendant austerity agenda. More recently she has directed her efforts at critically interrogating the concept of populism and the American and European theoretical debates which sustain this problematic concept. In all her work she attempts to highlight the importance of feminism (both as a strand of activism and as a powerful analytical framework).

James Mark specialises in the cultures and memory politics of European integration from a central-eastern European perspective.

Michail Melidis' research focuses on the implementation of EU environmental policy, the environmental performance of EU Member States, and the ‘leader - laggard’ dynamic. Particular emphasis is given to how environmental policies are implemented in Greece and the United Kingdom in light of the recent economic crisis, Brexit and Covid-19.



Alice Moseley’s research focuses on the application of behavioural perspectives to various aspects of the policy process, including policy design and implementation, drawing on cases from the UK and beyond. Her more recent work focuses on the role of deliberative mini publics and other forms of public deliberation within the policy process, including in the environmental sector. She is a Co-Investigator on the ESRC ACCESS project (2022-2027), ‘Advancing Capacity in Climate & Environmental Social Sciences’

Florian Stoeckel examines European citizens’ attitudes towards gender equality and feminism. He is also working on a new line of research that focuses of perceptions and misperceptions in this domain, for instance about equal pay.