Delighted to see our special issue ‘The Politicisation of Evaluation: Constructing and Contesting EU Policy Performance’ (60/4) out in the German Political Science Quarterly (PVS, Politische Vierteljahresschrift), the leading political science journal in Germany. I edited it with Jonas Schoenefeld (Darmstadt/UEA) and Frans Leeuw (Maastricht University). The issue contains 5/8 articles as open access. You can download them here.
The special issue focuses on four key focal points: evaluation institutions (including rules and cultures), evaluation actors and interests (including competencies, power, roles and tasks), evaluation design (including research methods and theories, and their impact on policy design and legislation), and finally, evaluation purpose and use (including the relationships between discourse and scientific evidence, political attitudes and strategic use). We consider how each of these elements contributes to an evolving governance system in the EU, where evaluation is playing a greater role in decision making.
I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where I started working in 2006. I research EU institutions, EU policy-making processes, the politics of audit and policy evaluation and issues of financial accountability related to the EU budget.
For five years I was the Director of Studies (2008-2013) of the MA in European Studies, a large international masters programme with three specialisations and, at the time, around 100 students. I was also the book reviews editor of the prestigious Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) with Patrick Bijsmans (2010-2015).
I returned to Maastricht after spending two years (2013-2015) as a visiting Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Européennes at Sciences Po, Paris. As part of my ongoing research, I carried out a project funded by the 7th Framework Programme: APPLAUD (Accountability and Public Policy Audit in the European Union), which examined the institutionalisation of financial control over time, looking close-up at the evolving role of the European Court of Auditors and the process of institutional reform.
I am the co-author of a Palgrave textbook entitled ‘Analyzing the European Union Policy Process’ (2011) and co-editor of a Routledge/Taylor Francis volume on ‘European Space Policy‘ (2016). My research interests are: EU institutions (European Commission, European Court of Auditors, European Parliament), theories of integration, the policy-making process (implementation, audit/evaluation), EU policies (transport/space, regions/cohesion), and the contemporary society and politics of France and Spain.
After my doctorate, and before returning to academic life, I worked for five years on EU regional policy as a project development officer, conducting research and managing international projects for Interreg North-West Europe, a joint technical secretariat in Lille, France. The programme supports public authorities in developing transnational cooperation projects to improve territorial development and cohesion in Europe.
I hold an M.Phil and PhD in European Studies from the University of Cambridge, where I was a member of the Centre for International Studies and Darwin College. My doctoral research examined the historical and political development of Trans-European Networks (TENs) in transport, including the policy stages of agenda-setting and implementation. My first degree of B.A. (Hons) European Studies (French and Spanish) was from Royal Holloway, one of the larger colleges of the University of London.
I have lived and worked in Cambridge, London (UK), Avignon, Montpellier, Lille, Paris (FR), Seville, Madrid (ES), Brussels (BE) and Maastricht (NL). I was a blue book intern at the Directorate-General for Transport and Energy of the European Commission. I also spent short periods, including a gap year and Erasmus semesters, at the University of Avignon, Montpellier Graduate Business School and University of Seville.
Me talking for 90 seconds about the benefits of a grant from the European Court of Auditors and European University Institute to research issues of EU public finance.