Professor 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.


Three decades of thought leadership and policy influence in regional development
Bachtler John
Równosc czy efektywnosc rozwoju (2019) (2019)
The Visibility and Communication of Cohesion Policy in Online Media
Mendez Carlos, Triga Vasiliki, Bachtler John, Djouvas Costas, Mendez Fernando, Stier Sebastian
Research for REGI Committee Research for REGI Committee (2019)
Towards Cohesion Policy 4.0 : Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth
Bachtler John, Oliveira Martins Joaquim, Wostner Peter, Zuber Piotr
Regional Studies Policy Impact Books Regional Studies Policy Impact Books (2019)
The Agenda for Cohesion Policy in 2019-2024 : Key Issues for the REGI Committee
Mendez Carlos, Bachtler John, McMaster Irene
Research for the REGI Committee Research for the REGI Committee (2019)
Ex-post Evaluation of the EU Solidarity Fund 2002-2016
Bachtler John, Begg Iain, Ferry Martin, Ogilvie Jayne
Reforming the MFF and Cohesion Policy 2021-27 : Pragmatic Drift or Paradigmatic Shift?
Bachtler John, Mendez Carlos, Wishlade Fiona
European Policy Research Papers European Policy Research Papers, Vol 107 (2019)

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Professional activities

Regional Studies Association (External organisation)
Regional Studies Association (External organisation)
UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, (External organisation)
RSA International Conference
Regional Studies (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Regional and Federal Studies (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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EU Cohesion Policy in non-urban areas
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2020 - 03-Jan-2020
Visibility and Communication - European Cohesion Policy in Online Media
Mendez, Carlos (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2019 - 03-Jan-2020
Study on the Agenda for Cohesion Policy in 2019-2024: Key issues for the REGI Committee
Mendez, Carlos (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2019 - 20-Jan-2020
Study on the Renewal of the Territorial Agenda 2020+
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Ferry, Martin (Co-investigator) McMaster, Irene (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
BE-Rural Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU (H2020 SC2 RUR)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Ferry, Martin (Co-investigator) João, Elsa (Co-investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
TRACER: Smart strategies for the transition in coal intensive regions (H2020 SC3 LC)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Ferry, Martin (Co-investigator) Michie, Rona (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022

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European Policies Research Centre
Graham Hills Building

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