Laura Polverari is a Senior Research Fellow at EPRC. She has an MA in Political Sciences (cum laude) from LUISS in Rome, a Masters in Economic Development from the Instituto Tagliacarne, also in Rome, a PhD in European Public Policy from the University of Strathclyde, and a PG Cert in Advanced Academic Practice. Her doctoral thesis, on the changing accountability of Cohesion Policy in Italy and the United Kingdom following devolution, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Committee of the Regions Doctoral Thesis Competition 2011. She also has professional experience as a civil servant in the fields of economic development and Structural Funds programming in Italy.
Laura has been a member of EPRC since 2000 where she has undertaken research on the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy, EU Cohesion policy, regional policy in Italy, and accountability in policy-making. Her research interests also include: European governance and institutions; devolution, regionalisation and multi-level governance in the EU Member States; the involvement of civil society in policy-making; and comparative European politics.
Laura has managed many research projects, several with international research partners, including the ex post evaluation of the management and implementation of 2000-06 Cohesion policy (ERDF) in the EU25 Member States and a major evaluation of the long-term impact of Cohesion policy in 15 European regions (1989 to present), undertaken for DG Regio, European Commission. She is also co-Director of the IQ-Net network and research programme and has authored a number of scientific publications and policy papers.
As well as being a member of the Editorial Board of SVIMEZ’ Rivista Giuridica del Mezzogiorno, which focuses on Italian regional policy, and of a number of learned societies, Laura is a coordinator of the RSA Network on Cohesion Policy, and is President of APSA’s related Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) as well as, Secretary of the PSA’s Italian Politics Specialist Group (IPSG).
Laura is currently responsible for developing an ‘International Masters in Regional and Territorial Policies’, due to be launched by EPRC.