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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Cleo Davies

Cleo Davies
Cleo Davies
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
International Organisations, European studies, The politics of financial market supervision and regulation, International Political Economy

PhD Title

Understanding organizational action in the European Commission: The European Union's supervisory response to the financial crisis


Prof. Christina Boswell and Dr. Iain Hardie 

Research project

My research is an analysis of the decision-making process that led to the creation of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) of financial activities after the 2007 financial crisis in the European Union. I adopt an institutional approach with the goal of exploring the use of symbolic mechanisms in the decision-making process for legitimation purposes.


2 year Master’s Degree in European and International Studies, Institute for European Studies, University Paris Vincennes - Paris 8, First class honors

Degree in History, University Denis Diderot Paris 7 and Humboldt University in Berlin, 2:1


2016-2018; Politics and International Relations Career Development PhD Scholarship 

Teaching and Research Activities 

  • Research Assistant, What Works Scotland, University of Edinburgh (start date: July 2016)

  • Research Assistant for Dr. Carmen Gebhard, University of Edinburgh (June 2016)

  • Tutor on first year undergraduate course: Science and Society 1B: Nature & Environment, University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, Science and Technology Department (Spring semester 2016)

Relevant work Experience 

Before starting a PhD at Edinburgh University, I worked in Politics and policy making at European level for five and a half years, first as a political advisor in a European political group and then as a policy officer representing local and regional authorities at European level.