Eleanor Florence Woodhouse’s research interests are at the intersection of political science and public administration. Eleanor has a strong interdisciplinary background and her research reflects this; she studies questions of bureaucratic and institutional politics, aiming to better understand how agency relations function in modern governance. More specifically, she uses quantitative methods to examine the structural side of modern policymaking, addressing how hybrid governance arrangements and changing agency relationships can affect fundamental features of the democratic process, such as accountability.
Eleanor holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Bocconi University’s Department of Social and Political Sciences. Her PhD thesis was completed at Bocconi University and Harvard University, where she was a visiting researcher at Harvard’s Department of Economics for an academic year, having been awarded the Fulbright-Schuman scholarship. Eleanor is a graduate of Oxford University, University College London and Bocconi University and worked as a Policy Officer at the European Commission.
As a Max Weber Fellow in the EUI’s Department of Economics, Eleanor intends to refine several ongoing projects. These projects are part of her research agenda in which she investigates the politics of infrastructure development, an agenda she hopes to turn into a book project.
Eleanor has teaching experience in a range of courses, including ‘The Economics and Management of Public Administration’, ‘Diversity Management and Policy’, ‘Public Management’ and ‘Policies for Arts and Culture’. She also has experience giving lectures to public managers and policy professionals from her time working at the European Commission.