Tamara Popic studies comparative politics of welfare states. She holds a PhD in political and social science from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Tamara has been a postdoctoral fellow at NORFACE project ‘HEALTHDOX: The Paradox of Health State Future’ at the University of Lisbon, visiting fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a coordinator of Welfare State Futures Programme at the EUI.
Tamara specializes in the politics of health care reforms in Europe, with a focus on institutions, party politics and public opinion in health care policymaking. In her current research she analyses the impact of crisis and austerity on health care politics and policy and policy responsiveness in European periphery countries and new democracies. Her work has appeared in Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Health Policy and in Social Policy and Administration. She is also one of the editors (with E. M. Immergut, K. M. Anderson and C. Devitt) of Health Politics in Europe: A Handbook, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
During her Max Weber Fellowship, Tamara will work on the manuscript of a book on the politics of health reforms in new Eastern European democracies, with a working title ‘The Politics of Health Reforms in New Democracies’.
Tamara has taught and tutored BA and MA level students in topics of public and social policy, and institutional theory at James Madison University in Florence, Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf and at the Institute for Social and Political Sciences in Lisbon.