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Research interests

I investigate the social and political dynamics of public policy governance, and have three main areas of research.

First, theorising governance analysis, and applying this approach to explain public policy and public services developments in the EU and UK. Second, I undertake work explaining migration governance in the European Union, with particular emphasis on labour migration and social rights. Third, I am developing a new strand of research on the role of expertise and knowledge in shaping the political sociology of the European Union. I have particular methodological expertise in qualitative comparative research. My main current research project is TRANSWEL, a 3 year cross-national study of the way the welfare and social rights of migrants from within the EU are regulated and experienced transnationally.

I have supervised and co-supervised more than 10 PhD students, and have an excellent track record in on-time completions. Most of these students have gone on to significant research and academic posts, and I am always keen to hear from committed students working in my broad research area.

My other roles include editorial board membership of the Italian Journal of Social Policy, and I have also been Editor and Co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy.

Research interests

  • Governance analysis as a new approach to the interpretation of public policy
  • The governance of migration, labour market and social policy in the UK and the EU
  • Political sociology of the European Union.

Current projects

Current research students

  • Thomais Massala: Governing pension fund sustainability
  • Jorge Garcia: Castro governing transnational public sector reform programmes
  • King Papiez: Polish migration to the UK and social rights portability

Recent research students

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Projects 2012 2016

Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme - Berenice Scandone

Carmel, E. & Naidoo, R.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Marie Curie IEF - Thanos Maroukis

Carmel, E. & Maroukis, T.


Project: EU Commission

labor market
freedom of movement
migration policy

Research Output 2003 2018

'Bringing the social back in': governance analysis as a mode of enquiry

Carmel, E., 28 Jul 2017, Society, Regulation and Governance: New Modes of Shaping Social Change. Paul, R., Molders, M., Bora, A., Huber, M. & Munte, P. (eds.). Cheltenham, U. K.: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, p. 38-58

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

public policy

British-born Bangladeshi Women in Higher Education: Intersectional Experiences and Identities

Scandone, B., Jun 2017

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
participation in education

Handing regions power to set their own immigration policy will not fix social integration

Carmel, E. & Jones, K., 11 Jan 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Producing knowledge, deploying knowledge for European migration governance

Carmel, E. & Kan, H., 2017, Routledge Handbook on Politics of Migration in Europe. Bonjour, S., Weinar, A., Zhyznomirska, L. & Siegel, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


An Analysis Of The Treatment Of Informal Care As A Social Risk in England

Author: Morgan, F., 2 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Carmel, E. (Supervisor) & Johnson, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


British-born Bangladeshi Women in Higher Education: Intersectional Experiences and Identities

Author: Scandone, B., 13 Feb 2018

Supervisor: Carmel, E. (Supervisor) & Ingram, N. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Labour Migration Management as Multidimensional Border-drawing: A Comparative Interpretive Policy Analysis in the EU

Author: Paul, R., 5 Jul 2012

Supervisor: Carmel, E. (Supervisor) & Milner, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Recommodification, policy convergence and individual choice: an exploration of active ageing policies in EU15 (1995-2005)

Author: Hamblin, K., 1 Sep 2009

Supervisor: Kuhlmann, E. (Supervisor) & Carmel, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Who Got What from Social Policy Reforms in Mexico?: The Redistributive Potential of Changes in the Tax/Benefit System Between 1994 and 2012

Author: Velazquez Leyer, R., 24 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Papadopoulos, T. (Supervisor), Carmel, E. (Supervisor) & Gregg, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD