Annie Gibney

Governing European youth employment: the case of the United Kingdom and France

Supervisor: David Bailey and Isabelle Hertner

Annie's research explores the extent to which the concept of multi-level governance can help us to understand policy-making in the field of EU youth employment policy. In particular, her research examines the possibilities and limits of multi-level governance in two highly centralised/unitary EU Member States, the United Kingdom and France.


Prior to taking up her PhD studies with POLSIS in January 2012, Annie spent 18 months working in Brussels as a speechwriter for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Before this, Annie worked as a research assistant for an international consultancy firm helping to deliver projects linked to European social policy.


  • BSc (Hons), International Business with French and German, Aston University
  • MA (Distinction) European Studies, University of Birmingham

Research interests

  • European Union
  • Employment policy
  • Multi-level governance
  • Governance, public administration and public policy

Teaching responsibilities

  • Politics in a Changing World (11 24628)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Conference papers

  • Exploring multi-level governance in EU youth employment policy: The case of the United Kingdom (England) and France
    Guest speaker, Jean Monnet Seminar Series, Centre for European Law and Governance, Cardiff University
  • Mission impossible? The UK, multi-level governance and the case of EU youth employment policy
    ECPR 7th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, Leiden University, Den Haag, 5-7 June 2014
  • From Brussels to Greater Birmingham...and back again: exploring Vertical Policy Coordination in the EU
    UACES 43rd Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 2-4 September 2013