Welcome to my personal web page! I am a postdoctoral researcher based at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I study 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 am an expert in qualitative methodology, and my research and teaching activities focus on a range of methods, 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. My forthcoming book (Policy Press, 2019), ‘The Politics of Scale in Policy: scalecraft and education governance’ outlines my theoretical contributions to the study of policy by outlining a research agenda for policy studies to engage with the spatial dimensions of politics.
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: Natalie.Papanastasiou@uab.cat