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20132024

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I am a Vice-Chancellor's Illuminate Fellow in Political Science at Queen's University Belfast. Before joining QUB, I was an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and Lecturer at University of Galway and TU Dublin. I was awarded my PhD in political science by Trinity College Dublin in 2017.

My research interests lie at the intersection between comparative politics and public policy. I am particularly interested in the role of interest groups and transparency in politics. While the first area of research focuses on the examination of interest organisation's influence on public policy, the second explores the way in which contemporary governments have opened to public scrutiny through open data and other tools. I hope to advance new bridges between Comparative Politics and Public Policy Analysis by combining these two areas of research.

Example of research projects:

InterCov Project: Project was initiated in May 2020 with the aim of assessing these effects of Covid-19 on interest representation and political advocacyHow did interest groups and companies represent their political interests during the Coronavirus crisis? How has this crisis affected their ability to mobilise, and express their views and needs to decision-makers? Who did decision-makers listen to? 

Assessing The Effects of Transparency Laws on Different Political Actors: Transparency is a cornerstone of democratic governance because it allows the public to monitor governmental activity and see which private interests influence the state. The aim that guides this project includes the development of a public policy-oriented approach to the study of transparency through the policy evaluation of the effects of different transparency laws on the behaviour and attitudes of different political actors.

Investigating the Introduction and the Robustness of Lobbying Laws: Lobbying regulations belong to the political realm of ethics, integrity and transparency. They aim at regulating the activity of private actors who are seeking to influence the state. What are the reasons for political systems to introduce lobbying regulations? - And secondly - within political systems that have passed lobbying laws, why are some regulations more robust than others?

The outputs of my research can be accessed on my Google Scholar profileResearchGate, or my personal website www.michelecrepaz.com under Publications.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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