Annie Gibney

Governing European Workforce Development

Supervisor: David Bailey and Isabelle Hertner

My research examines the complex dynamics of multi-level governance in the EU – and in particular, the extent to which the current EU governance structure enables vertical policy integration in European Employment policy. My research examines the different experiences of two regions in England and France.


Prior to taking up my PhD studies with POLSIS in January 2012, I spent 18 months working in Brussels for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Before this, I 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

  • Multi-level Governance 
  • Decision-making and policy-making in the EU 
  • European employment policy 
  • Workforce development and skills 

Teaching responsibilities

  • POLS 105: Introduction to International Relations (1st year UG)

Professional memberships

  • UACES: University Association for Contemporary European Studies 
  • RSA: Regional Studies Association 
  • Co-Chair (Events) – Graduate Centre for Europe (GCfE), University of Birmingham