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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Cleo Davies


Prof. Christina Boswell and Dr. Iain Hardie 


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

  • Dissertation: "The Public-private partnership for the reconversion of the London Olympic Village"

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

  • The debate in the Bundestag on rebuilding the Berliner Stadtschloss and the dismantling of the Palast der Republik

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 different logics of action. IN particular I am interested in analyzing the use of symbolic mechanisms in the decision-making process for legitimation purposes. 

​Teaching & Research Experience

  • Research Assistant, What Works Scotland, University of Edinburgh (Start date: July 2016)
  • Research Assistant, Dr. Carmen Gebhart, University of Edimburgh (June 2016)
  • Tutor 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 to the Secetary General and President of a European Political Group and then as a policy officer representing local and regional authorities at European level. 


  • Organizing seminars and working groups and co-organizing large conferences
  • Policy consultation and advocacy
  • Drafting policy positions, discussion papers and practitioners' guides 


  • Member of the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Member of SKAPE, the Center for science, knowledge and policy, University of Edinburgh

  • Member of UACES, The academic association for contemporary European Studies