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Dr Christel Koop is a Reader in Political Economy. Her research focuses on regulation, central banking, and other areas of economic policy-making, both at the national and EU-level. She is particularly interested in the independence, accountability and legitimacy of technocratic decision-making.

Christel holds a BA and MPhil degree in political science from Leiden University, in the Netherlands, and obtained her PhD degree in political and social sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Before joining the department, she was Fellow in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She is also co-organiser of the inter-university London Public Policy Seminars.

Click here to see her Google Scholar page and here for her personal webpage.

Christel is currently one of the principal investigators on the international research project "Reconnecting citizens to the administrative state?" (Reconnect), which runs from 2020 to 2022.


  • The Politics of Policy-Making (Undergraduate module, year 3)
  • The Politics of Regulation (Postgraduate module)

Office hours

Christel’s office hours in the spring term are Mondays 16.30 to 17.30, and Wednesdays 17.00 to 18.00. Please send a message to to receive an MS Teams invitation.

PhD Supervision

Current PhD researchers

  • Asli Unan – 'The political economy of reform reversals' (second supervisor)
  • Michele Scotto Di Vettimo – 'Assessing policy responsiveness in the EU: Under what conditions does public opinion influence policy?' (first supervisor)
  • Santiago Quintero - 'The Politics of Impatient Bureaucracies' (Second supervisor)

Recently completed PhD projects

  • Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte (now University of Southampton) – “Politics constrained: The political consequences of the financial crisis and EU economic intervention in Western Europe” (first supervisor)
  • José Bolaños (now London School of Economics and Political Science) – "Competitiveness in mixed governance frameworks: On the success of private certification schemes" (first supervisor)
  • Philip Kessler (now European Commission) – "Reinventing the economic constitution: How and why competition authorities in Western Europe have turned to cooperative enforcement styles" (first supervisor) 
  • Philipp Broniecki – (now University of Oslo) "Informal bargaining in bicameral systems: Explaining delegation by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament" (external supervisor)
  • Slobodan Tomic (now University of York) - "Explaining enforcement patterns of anti-corruption agencies: Comparative analysis of five Serbian, Croatian, and Macedonian anti-corruption agencies" (external supervisor)

Recent peer-reviewed publications