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Research interests

I have a PhD in Social Policy from the University of York (UK). I work in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath (UK). My current theoretical and empirical work is organized across three broad research themes: 

  • Power and governance in public policy
  • Family as a socio-economic actor in the political economy of welfare
  • Labour commodification, social (in)security and social reproduction

Accordingly, my most recent publications focused on:

  • EU economic governance and trans-national ordoliberalism
  • The political economy of welfare in semi-peripheral capitalist countries (including East Asia, Southern Europe and Latin America).
  • The social politics of austerity and the erosion of middle classes in southern European countries.

My work is premised on the ontological and epistemological foundations of critical realism. I am an expert in a variety of methodological approaches and techniques related to the comparative study of institutional design of social and public policies and their impact. These include (indicatively): advanced techniques of quantifying policy attributes (like micro-data simulation using model households); comparative political economy; historical institutionalism; and critical governance analysis.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that share one or more of my research interests.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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