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Isabelle Engeli is Reader in Comparative Politics and Policy at the University of Bath. Prior to joining the University of Bath, she was Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director for Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa (2011-2015). She held a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence (2008-2010).

Her current research focuses on party competition and policy change, regulatory dynamics in human biotechnology, the politics of gendering policy attention and action in Western Europe and the comparative turn in public policy research.

She is the Scientific Representative of HORIZON 2020 COST ACTION Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science (COST 15207). Isabelle is currently co-convening, together with Amy Mazur, the international Research Network on Gender Equality Policy in Practice, which investigates the politics of implementing gender equality across policy sectors in Western and Eastern Europe. She recently co-led an international research project on Morality Issues and Party Competition in Western Europe (2012, with Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Lars Thorup Larsen) and co-edited a volume on Comparative Methods for Public Policy (2014, with Christine Rothmayr Allison). Her work appears notably in the European Journal of Political Research, the European Journal of Public Policy, Regulation & Governance, West European Politics, Comparative European Politics, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Revue Française de Science Politics. Her research has been co-awarded the 2012 APSA Best Comparative Policy Paper Award and the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize (Iowa State University).

She is the co-editor of the Routledge Series on Gender and Comparative Politics and serves on the international advisory board of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, the Journal of Public Policy, Policy & Politics, and the Swiss Political Science Review. She is the co-convener of the ECPR Standing Group in Gender and Politics, the co-convener of the European Conference in Politics and Gender ( and the founding co-chair of the Council for European Studies Research Network in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Isabelle is the Lead Editor of Political Studies Review with David Cutts, and Founding Editor of the European Journal of Politics & Gender, with Petra Ahrens, Karen Celis, Sarah Childs and Liza Mügge.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am happy to supervise research (MRes, Phd) in the following areas:

Policy process, agenda setting and policy change

Comparative public policy

Party competition and policy change

Gender, politics and policy

Governance of biotechnology

Religion, politics and policy in Western Europe


  • JA Political science (General)
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Political Parties
  • Policy Change
  • Comparative Methods
  • Gender Equality+
  • Morality Politics
  • Biotechnology
  • Governance

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Projects 2014 2018

Implementing Corporate Equality: Corporate Quotas in Comparative Perspective

Engeli, I. & Mazur, A.

1/08/16 → …

Project: OtherInternational Collaboration

Comparative Public Policy at Forty: Taking Stock, Moving Forwards

Engeli, I., Rothmayr Allison, C. & Montpetit, É.

1/11/15 → …

Project: OtherInternational Collaboration

GEPP: The Gender Equality in Practice Project

Engeli, I. & Mazur, A.

1/01/14 → …

Project: OtherInternational Collaboration

Research Output 2002 2018

Beyond the Usual Suspects in Public Policy: New Research Themes in Comparative Public Policy

Engeli, I., Rothmayr Allison, C. & Montpetit, É. 1 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public policy

Politique de la reproduction

Engeli, I. 2018 Dictionnaire de politique sociale suisse .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Comparative Public Policy: Looking Forwards

Engeli, I. & Rothmayr Allison, C. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Gender in European Political Science Education: taking stock and future directions

Mügge, L., Evans, E. & Engeli, I. 2016 In : European Political Science. 15, 3, p. 281 - 342 62 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Governing new reproductive technologies across western europe: The gender dimension

Engeli, I. & Allison, C. R. Sep 2016 Assisted Reproduction Across Borders: Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions. Lie, M. & Lykke, N. (eds.). London, U. K.: Routledge, p. 87-99 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter