P.J. Stephenson, Ph.D.
Please see my website at: https://paulstephensonacademic.wordpress.com/
He returned to FASoS in 2015 after 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 related to financial accountability and the institutionalisation of audit and scrutiny is ongoing.
He set up the EUFINACCO interdisciplinary research network (Financial Accountability in the EU), which he co-convenes with Maria Luisa Sanchez Barrueco (Deusto) and Hartmut Aden Berlin). EUFINACCO was recognised as a UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) for the period 2016-2018.
Before his time away, 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 has co-edited a volume on European Space Policy (Routledge 2016) and previously co-authored the textbook Analyzing the European Policy Process (Palgrave 2011) used to teach the BA ES second year undergraduate course 'Policy Domains'.
He holds a PhD and M.Phil in European Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the Centre for International Studies and 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.
Paul teaches varies courses in the BA and MA European Studies programmes. 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 coordinates the MA European Public Affairs module 'Implementing and Evaluating Policy in the European Union'. He supervises bachelor and master theses.
His research interests include: theories of integration, policy-making process (from framing and agenda-setting to evaluation and audit), institutions (European Court of Auditors, European Commission, European Parliament, executive EU agencies), European policies (transport/TENs/space, regions/cohesion), politics of France and Spain.
Professional career history
From 5 years, Paul worked as a project development officer in EU regional policy. 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. He studied abroad at the University of Avignon, Montpellier Graduate Business School and University of Seville.