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Welcome to my personal web page! I am a postdoctoral researcher of public policy and governance. My interests include exploring policymaking practices, the development of ‘best practice’ knowledge, the relationship between politics and space, 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, and have a monograph entitled The Politics of Scale in Policy: scalecraft and education governance which was published by Policy Press in 2019.

My current work is funded by a research grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and I have previously been awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Leverhulme Trust.

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[at]uab.cat