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Prof David Coen
29 Tavistock Square
Tel: 0207 679 4967
Fax: 0207 679 4969
  • Professor of Public Policy
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS
UCL Principal Supervisor

David Coen is Professor of Public Policy, Head of the Department of Political Science, Director of the School of Public Policy and founding Director of the Institute of Global Governance at University College London.

Prior to joining UCL he held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne. His PhD on business lobbying in the EU was awarded a distinction at the European University Institute in Florence. 

In 2008/09 he held the Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in the past he has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for European Studies Harvard, Boston University, Nuffield College Oxford University, and Max Planck Institute, Bonn. 

In 2014/15 he will be a Distinguished Fellow at the EUI in Florence. He has held grants from Anglo-German Foundation, British Academy, European Union, UCL Research Challenges, Nuffield Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation.

Research Themes
Research Summary

His research seeks to understand EU Public Policy and Comparative European Political Economy. More specifically the research maps EU business lobbying strategies, EU regulatory networks and multilevel venue shopping. In 2014/2015 he is conducting a European Parliament Commissioned survey of Lobbying of MEPs. 

He has explored lobbying from an actor and institutional perspective and has conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis of the changing EU public policy arena. His research explores lobbying from the supply side, looking at business perspectives to lobbying EU institutions and the structure of government affairs offices, in an attempt to assess how far firms have developed a distinct Brussels lobbying style has emerged over 20 years. In recent years his research has explored how different EU institutions and policies require different informational demands and therefore different interest group relationships, types and clusters. 

The second research theme on EU Regulatory reform studies the emergence of European regulatory agencies in the Energy, Telecommunications and Securities sectors. Specifically the study explores how and why the European Commission, national governments and independent regulatory agencies have driven the creation of networks at the experience of European Regulators, their institutional character and their implications for regulatory governance in Europe. A second regulatory project co-directed with Professor Heritier at the European University Institute explores regulatory shopping in the EU base on a survey of business in 25 member states.

Teaching Summary

Teaching interests include theories and actors of public policy, EU public policy and policy making, lobbying theory and practice, and business and government.

Academic Background
1996   Doctor of Philosophy European University Institute, Florence
1990   Master of Science Cardiff University
1989   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Portsmouth
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