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 policy practices of bureaucrats, the development of ‘best practice’ policies, the politics of education policy, and the communication strategies of policymakers who move between national and European policymaking forums.

Empirically, my work has focused on education policy and governance in local, national and European contexts. My writing has engaged with policy debates relating to the marketisation of education, local implementation of education policy, and England’s academy schools reforms.

I use a range of methods – including interviews and ethnographic observation – and take theoretical inspiration from public policy, public administration, and political geography. My forthcoming book (Policy Press, 2019), The Politics of Scale in Policy: scalecraft and education governance outlines a theoretical agenda for how studies of policy and public administration can engage more directly with political geography.

My publications feature in journals including Public Administration, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Education Policy and Critical Policy Studies.

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

If you’d like to get in touch I’d be really happy to hear from you!

e-mail: Natalie.Papanastasiou@uab.cat