Prof John Bachtler

Head European Policies Research Centre

European Policies Research Centre

Personal statement

Professor John Bachtler is Professor of European Policy Studies and a Director of the European Policies Research Centre. His research experience is principally in regional and industrial development in Europe, encompassing the economic development policies of the EU28 Member States and several other European countries, the structural and cohesion policies of the European Union, EU integration and enlargement. He has led EPRC research on regional policy, rural development, territorial development, foreign investment, RTDI and policy evaluation. He has been an expert adviser to numerous government departments across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, and an adviser to European organisations (European Parliament, European Commission, Committee of the Regions, European Court of Auditors, Assembly of European Regions)as well as the OECD and Nordic Council of Ministers. He has been an Expert Adviser to six EU Presidencies over the past decade on budgetary and regulatory reform, and directs the IQ-Net programme of research and knowledge-exchange on the management and implementation of Structural Funds across the EU. He is  Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.


Financial compliance in the European Union : a cross-national assessment of financial correction patterns and causes in cohesion policy
Mendez Carlos, Bachtler John
Journal of Common Market Studies, (2016)
The long-term effectiveness of EU cohesion policy : assessing the achievements of the ERDF, 1989-2012
Bachtler John, Begg Iain, Charles David, Polverari Laura
EU Cohesion PolicyRegions and Cities, No. 111, (2016)
EU Cohesion Policy : Reassessing Performance and Direction
Bachtler John, Berkowitz Peter, Hardy Sally , Muravska Tatjana
Regions and Cities, No. 111, (2016)
Administrative capacity and Cohesion Policy : new methodological insights from Italy and Poland
Smeriglio Alba, Bachtler John, Sliwowski Pawel
Learning from Implementation and Evaluation of the EU Cohesion PolicyLearning from Implementation and Evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy, (2016)
Cohesion policy reform and the evolving role of the council
Bachtler John, Mendez Carlos
Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EUHandbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU, (2016)
EU Cohesion Policy in Practice : What Does it Achieve?
Bachtler John, Begg Iain, Charles David, Polverari Laura
Policy Impacts, (2016)

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Professional activities

RSA International Conference
Appointment to the Regional Studies Association Remunerations Sub-Committee, 2009
Advisory Board Member, UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies
Member of Regional Studies Association ‘Future Strategy Group’, 2008
Member, Professorial External Assessment Panel, Department of Economics, University of Kassel, Germany, 2008
Editorial Board Member, Zeitschrift für Politikberatung (Journal of Policy Advice), Germany, 2008-present
Editorial board member

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Regional Policy in the European Union: A Comparative Assessment (EoRPA UK)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Michie, Rona (Co-investigator) Wishlade, Fiona (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Dec-2018
Technical Assistance for the Development of a Regional Cohesion Policy
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Mendez, Carlos (Co-investigator)
Period 20-Mar-2017 - 08-Sep-2017
Lessons Learnt from the closure of the 2007-13 Programming Period
Ferry, Martin (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator)
Period 20-Nov-2016 - 30-Nov-2017
Building Blocks of a Future EU Cohesion Policy - First Reflections
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator)
Period 17-Jan-2017 - 31-Mar-2017
Study on the Involvement of non-EU Member States on European Territorial Cooperation Programmes
McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator)
Period 17-Oct-2016 - 31-Dec-2016
Regional Policy in the European Union: A Comparative Assessment (EoRPA Austria)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator) Wishlade, Fiona (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Dec-2016

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European Policies Research Centre
Graham Hills Building

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