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.


The quality of government and administrative performance : explaining Cohesion policy compliance, absorption and achievements across EU regions
Mendez Carlos, Bachtler John
Regional Studies (2022)
COVID Recovery and the Long Term Challenges for Regional Policies
Georgieva Neli, Downes Ruth, Bachtler John
Cohesion policy : doing more with less
Bachtler John, Mendez Carlos
Policy-Making in the European Union (2020) (2020)
Will Cohesion Policy Recover from Covid? An Initial Assessment
Bachtler John, Mendez Carlos, Wishlade Fiona
EORPA Report EORPA Report, Vol 20, No. 4 (2020)
Regional Policy in Times of COVID-19
Georgieva Neli, Fonseca Liliana, Bachtler John
EORPA Report EORPA Report, No. 20/4 (2020)
Cohesion and the EU's budget : is conditionality undermining solidarity?
Bachtler John, Mendez Carlos
Governance and politics in the post-crisis European Union (2020) (2020)

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Professional activities

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

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Cohesion Policy & New Instruments: From Coexistence to Synergies
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Ferry, Martin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
Strategic Management Reform "New Generation Lithuania" Plan
Ferry, Martin (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator) Michie, Rona (Research Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2022 - 02-Jan-2025
Regional Policy in Europe: A Comparative Assessment (EoRPA_CH_22_24)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Mendez, Carlos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
Regional Policy in Europe: A Comparative Assessment (EoRPA_AT_22_23)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Mendez, Carlos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Regional Policy in Europe: A Comparative Assessment (EoRPA_NO_22_24)
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Mendez, Carlos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
DEMOTEC - Democratising Territorial Cohesion: Experimenting with deliberative citizen engagement and participatory budgeting in European regional and urban policies
Mendez, Carlos (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2023

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European Policies Research Centre
Graham Hills Building

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