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 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

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