P.J. Stephenson, Ph.D.
Please see my website at: https://paulstephensonacademic.wordpress.com/
He recently returned to the faculty after spending two years as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Centre d’études européennes, part of Sciences Po, Paris, where he undertook his project entitled APPLAUD 'Accountability and Public Policy Audit in the European Union'. His research agenda on issues related to financial accountability and the instiutionalisation of audit and scrutiny is ongoing.
For five years, from 2008 to 2013, he was Director of Studies of the MA in European Studies, the faculty's largest masters programme. From 2010 to 2015, he was book reviews editor (with Patrick Bijsmans) of the Journal of Common Market Studies.
He recently co-edited a volume on European Space Policy (Routledge 2016). He previously co-authored a textbook entitled Analyzing the European Policy Process (Palgrave 2011), that is used to teach the second year undergraduate course 'Policy Domains'.
He holds a PhD and M.Phil in European Studies from the University of Cambridge (2003), where he was a member of the Centre for International Studies and a student of Darwin College. His doctoral thesis examined the historical and political development of Trans-European Networks in transport. His first degree of B.A.(Hons) was obtained from Royal Holloway, University of London (1997).
Paul teaches varies courses in the European Studies programmes at undergraduate and masters level. These include Policy Domains (policy analysis), Area Studies (comparative politics and social/political systems) and skills trainings on academic writing and presenting in English. He supervises bachelor papers and master theses on topics related to his research interests.
His research interests include: theories of integration, policy-making process (from framing and agenda-setting to evaluation and audit), institutions (European Commission, European Court of Auditors and executive EU agencies), European policies (transport/TENs/space, regions/cohesion), as well as contemporary society and politics of France and Spain.
Professional career history
Previously, Paul worked as a development officer, involved in EU regional policy from 2002-2006. Here he conducted policy research and managed international projects for Interreg IIIB North-West Europe, based at the joint technical secretariat based in Lille, France. The current INTERREG VB North West Europe Programme (2014-2020) provides support to transnational cooperation projects that seek to improve territorial development and cohesion.
He has lived and worked across Europe: in Cambridge, London (UK), Avignon, Montpellier, Lille, Paris (FR), Seville, Madrid (ES), Brussels (BE) and Maastricht (NL). He was a European Commission intern ('stagiaire') in the Directorate-General for Transport and Energy (2000-01). He studied abroad at the University of Avignon, Montpellier Graduate Business School and University of Seville.