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Prof John Bachtler

Head European Policies Research Centre

European Policies Research Centre

Personal statement

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 ten EU Presidencies over the past 15 years on budgetary, policy 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, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and  Fellow of the Regional Studies Association.


Beyond Brexit : reshaping policies for regional development in Europe
Bachtler John, Begg Iain
Papers in Regional Science, (2018)
EU Cooperation and Innovation - Delivering Value from our European Partnerships : Report on the conference organised by Scotland Europa and Scottish Enterprise in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh 29 September 2017
McMaster Irene, Bachtler John, Stewart Linda
EU Cohesion Policy after Brexit : the economic, social and institutional challenges
Bachtler John, Begg Iain
Journal of Social Policy Vol 46, pp. 745-763, (2017)
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 Vol 55, pp. 569-592, (2017)
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)

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Professional activities

RSA International Conference
Regional Studies Association (External organisation)
UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, (External organisation)
Regional Studies Association (External organisation)
University of Kassel, Germany, (External organisation)
Editorial Board Member, Zeitschrift für Politikberatung (Journal of Policy Advice), Germany, 2008-present
Editorial board member

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Financial Implementation of the Structural Funds & Cohesion Fund: conclusions or academic debate
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2018 - 30-Apr-2018
Regional Policy in the European Union: A Comparative Assessment (EoRPA Germany)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Wishlade, Fiona (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2020
Regional Policy in the European Union: A Comparative Assessment (EoRPA Scotland)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Michie, Rona (Co-investigator) Wishlade, Fiona (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2020
Research Cooperation with the Central Coordination Body, Slovakia
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jun-2018
New Assessment of Administrative Costs and Burdens in the ESI Funds
Polverari, Laura (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator) Ferry, Martin (Co-investigator) Michie, Rona (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 30-Jul-2018
Control and Simplification of Procedures within ESIF
Ferry, Martin (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator) Dozhdeva, Viktoriya (Co-investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator) Polverari, Laura (Co-investigator)
Period 12-Jul-2017 - 31-Dec-2017

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European Policies Research Centre
Graham Hills Building

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