Dr Laura Polverari is a Senior Research Fellow at the European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde. She has an MA/BA Hons in Political Science (cum laude) from LUISS in Rome (Laurea lunga, vecchio ordinamento), a Masters in Economic Development from the Istituto 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 Italy, in the fields of economic development and Structural Funds programming.
Laura has been a member of EPRC since 2000 where she has undertaken and coordinated research on the design, implementation & evaluation of public policy, EU Cohesion policy, regional policy in Italy, administrative capacity & capacity building, and accountability in policy-making. Her research interests also include: EU governance & institutions; devolution, regionalisation & multi-level governance in the EU MSs; the involvement of civil society in policy-making; policy transfer and diffusion; smart specialisation; policies to fight poverty and support social progress & inclusion (including of migrants); 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, and is currently managing a study on administrative capacity building measures across the EU28. She is also co-Director of the IQ-Net network and research programme. She has published widely, in a range of different outlets (academic articles, policy reports, books, book chapters).
She is a member of the Editorial Board of SVIMEZ’ Rivista Giuridica del Mezzogiorno, and of the scientific boards of 'Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione', the Journal of the Italian Evaluation Society, & De Europa, a new journal at the University of Turin. She is also a member of a number of learned societies, and recently finished mandates as co-coordinator of the RSA Network on Cohesion Policy, President of APSA's Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) and Secretary of the PSA’s Italian Politics Specialist Group (IPSG).