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.


Cohesion policy implementation, performance and communication : Scotland case study
Dozhdeva Viktoriya, Mendez Carlos, Bachtler John
Beyond Brexit : reshaping policies for regional development in Europe
Bachtler John, Begg Iain
Papers in Regional Science (2018)
Integrated Territorial and Urban Strategies - How are ESIF Adding Value in 2014-2020? : Final Report
van der Zwet Arno, Bachtler John, Ferry Martin, McMaster Irene, Miller Stephen
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)

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Professional activities

UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, (External organisation)
RSA International Conference
Regional Studies Association (External organisation)
EU (External organisation)
Regional Studies Association (External organisation)
University of Kassel, Germany, (External organisation)

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Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator) Michie, Rona (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator) Gal, Fabian (Co-investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
TA: Study on the use of technical assistance for administrative capacity building during the 2014-2020 period
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Polverari, Laura (Co-investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Researcher)
17-Jan-2018 - 16-Jan-2019
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Ferry, Martin (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2019
Financial Implementation of the Structural Funds & Cohesion Fund: conclusions or academic debate
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
Bachtler, John (Principal Investigator) Davies, Sara (Co-investigator) Ferry, Martin (Co-investigator) Wishlade, Fiona (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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European Policies Research Centre
Graham Hills Building

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