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Petya Alexandrova

Petya Alexandrova

(BA, MA, PhD)

Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

As well as being a Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Petya is the Coordinator of the EU Policy Agendas Project. She is also a Fellow at the Montesquieu Institute in The Hague (NL).

In 2015 and 2016 she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Political Science, Leibniz University Hannover (DE) and a Visiting Lecturer at Jacobs University Bremen (DE). Petya does research on policy agendas in the European Union (EU). Her scientific interests are within the areas of European and comparative politics, the dynamic relationship between different levels of governance (especially within the EU), agenda setting, political institutions, and policy analysis.

In 2015 Petya undertook a project for the European Parliamentary Research Service, which resulted in an analysis of issue attention in the European Council during the van Rompuy Presidency and a public discussion on the topic in Brussels.

In September 2014, she defended her PhD at the University of Leiden with dissertation entitled Agenda Setting in the European Council. Between May 2010 and October 2014, she worked at the Montesquieu Institute and Leiden University, Campus The Hague. Earlier Petya completed a BA programme in International Politics and History at Jacobs University Bremen (DE) and received her MA degree (with distinction) in Contemporary European Studies [Euromasters] from the European American University Consortium, after studying at the University of Bath (UK), Charles University Prague (CZ) and Humboldt University Berlin (DE). Petya also followed the PhD training programme of the Netherlands Institute of Government between 2010 and 2014 and acquired additional skills in quantitative research methods at the University of Limerick (IE) in 2012.

01.2015 – 12.2016 : Post-Doctoral Researcher, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
08.2016 – 12.2016 : Visiting Lecturer, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
08.2015 – 02.2016 : Visiting Lecturer, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
12.2014 – 05.2015 : Researcher – contracted individual project, European Parliamentary Research Service, European Parliament
12.2014 – 12.2014 : Researcher and consultant – contracted by University of Malta for a project commissioned by European Asylum Support Office (3 weeks)
05.2010 – 10.2014 : Doctoral Researcher, Montesquieu Institute & Leiden University (Faculty Campus The Hague), The Netherlands
04.2010 – 08.2013 : Freelance Researcher, Transparency International UK


Petya Alexandrova. Institutional issue proclivity in the EU: the European Council vs the Commission. Forthcoming in Journal of European Public Policy. Link.

Petya Alexandrova, Anne Rasmussen and Dimiter Toshkov. Agenda Responsiveness in the European Council: Public Priorities, Policy Problems and Political Attention. West European Politics 39 (4): 605-627. Link.

Petya Alexandrova. (2016). Explaining Political Attention Allocation with the Help of Issue Character: Evidence from the European Council. European Political Science Review 8 (3): 405-425. Link.

Petya Alexandrova. (2015). Upsetting the Agenda: The Clout of Focusing Events in the European Council. Forthcoming in Journal of Public Policy 35 (3): 505-530. Link.

Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia, Sebastiaan Princen and Arco Timmermans. (2014). Measuring the European Council Agenda: Introducing a New Approach and Dataset. European Union Politics 15 (1): 152-167. Link.

Petya Alexandrova and Arco Timmermans. (2013). National Interest versus the Common Good: The Presidency in European Council Agenda Setting. European Journal of Political Research 52 (3): 316-338. Link.

Anne Rasmussen and Petya Alexandrova. (2012). Foreign Interests Lobbying Brussels: Participation of non-EU members in Commission Consultations. Journal of Common Market Studies 50 (4): 614-631. Link.

Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia and Arco Timmermans. (2012). Policy Punctuations and Issue Diversity on the European Council Agenda. Policy Studies Journal 40 (1): 69-88. Link.

Petya Alexandrova, Gert-Jan Lindeboom and Anne Rasmussen. (2011). International Interests in Brussels: Involvement of Asian Actors in EU Policy-Making in Comparative Perspective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies 3 (2): 33-49. Link.



Petya Alexandrova and Marcello Carammia. (2016). Configuración de la Agenda en la Unión Europea [Agenda Setting in the European Union]. Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto 55: 33-59. Link.



Petya Alexandrova and Arco Timmermans. (2015). Agenda Dynamics on Energy Policy in the EU. In Jale Tosun, Sophie Biesenbender and Kai Schulze (eds.) Energy Policy Making in the EU: Building the Agenda. London: Springer, pp. 41-62.

Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia and Arco Timmermans. (2014). EU High Politics: The Policy Agenda of the European Council, 1975-2010. In François Foret and Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer (eds.) The European Council and European Governance. The Commanding Heights of the EU. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 53-72. (peer-reviewed)



Petya Alexandrova. (2015). Analysis of Agenda Setting in the European Council, 2009–2014. European Parliamentary Research Service. Link.



Marcello Carammia, Arco Timmermans, Sebastiaan Princen and Petya Alexandrova. (2012). Analyzing the Policy Agenda of the European Council. Perspectives on Europe 42 (2): 41-46. Link.

Petya Alexandrova. (2012). Saving Europe’s Economy Further via the Single Market and Higher Employment: The European Council’s Agenda in 2012. Montesquieu Institute Analysis. Link.

Arco Timmermans and Petya Alexandrova. (2011). Comparing Policy Agendas in Europe and North America. Perspectives on Europe 41 (2): 61-66. Link.