Welcome to my personal web page! I am a postdoctoral researcher of public policy and governance with a particular interest in exploring the working practices of policymakers, the development of ‘best practice’ policies, and the politics of education policy.

Empirically, my work focuses on education policy and governance, and I have explored this in local, national and European contexts. I study the multi-scalar dynamics that contribute to the making of education policies by drawing on theories from public policy, public administration, and political geography. I practice and teach qualitative methodology, including interviews and ethnographic observation.

My publications feature in journals including Public Administration, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Education Policy and Critical Policy Studies. I have a forthcoming book entitled The Politics of Scale in Policy: scalecraft and education governance (Bristol: Policy Press, 2019) which presents my theoretical contribution to the study of policy by outlining how to engage with scale as a social practice, and why this matters to understandings of policymaking.

My current work is funded by a research grant awarded by The Leverhulme Trust and I have previously been awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council.

If you’d like to get in touch about common research interests or ideas, I’d be very happy to hear from you! You can contact me on: N.Papanastasiou1[at]gmail.com