Research Output

From Op-Eds to Interviews...

Katherine Fierlbeck

Katherine's article titled The changing contours of experimental governance in European health care was published in the May 2014 issue of Social Science and Medicine. 


For over a decade, beginning in the late 1990s, discussion over softer modes of governance animated academic scholarship in the fields of law, politics, and public policy. This debate was especially pronounced in Europe. Since the late 2000s, however, discussion of this approach has declined precipitously. Is the “soft governance” model dead? Or, more precisely, has the economic crisis killed it? This article argues that, to the contrary, the EU's austerity measures have made softer governance more relevant in two quite distinct ways. Administratively, new mechanisms of health policy coordination are able to provide policy solutions in a much more effective way than could more formal and rigid forms of legal harmonisation. Politically, it establishes a normative perspective which unifies actors across a number of administrative units and challenges the dominant ideological force of the market-based principles upon which the EU's austerity policies are constructed.

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Robert Finbow

Op-ed on September 20, 2013
Industrial-scale revolution

Published in The Chronicle Herald.
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Liesl Gambold

Interview in the Aging Horizons Bulletin, July/August 2014 on her research with retirees. Read the interview

Op-ed on April 7, 2014 titled:
A sunny prospect: outsourcing the elderly

which appeared in The Chronicle Herald

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Larry Hughes

Op-ed on April 18, 2014 titled:

Oil behind the hardline stance in Russia
which appeared in The Chronicle Herald.

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Ruben Zaiotti

Ruben spoke at the European Day for Border Guards, 2014; a yearly conference held this year in Warsaw, Poland. Ruben was part of a panel discussing Integrated Border Management and its way forward.

Watch the video of Ruben's presentation.  

Ruben was on a radio panel discussion on the Today Show on China Radio International: 

Rise of the Far Right in Europe ahead of the European Election
on May 13, 2014.

As Europe commemorates the centenary of the start of World War I later this year as well as the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in about three weeks' time, the politics of the continent is at a crossroads. Centuries of warfare, genocide and colonialism have given way to a continent that now prides itself on its profoundly civilised nature, with a humane justice system, strong traditions of tolerance and a history of championing human rights.

But, as Europe becomes more integrated with borders being taken down, its ideal and founding principles which were meant to keep the continent from descending into religious intolerance and sectarian strife are now being tested like never before. Stricken by the economic crisis, far-right political parties have capitalized on widespread resentment Europeans feel towards their own governments, and now there are real fears that such political leaning--with its anti-Brussels, nationalistic, racist, Islamaphobic, anti-immigrant, sometimes anti-semitic and often homophobic ways of thinking--could take hold not just in the fringes of European society, but right at the heart of the decision-making process in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Other Panelists:

-Aurelien Mondon, Lecturer in French politics working on racism, populism, common sense and democracy, Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, University of Bath

-Ludovic Ehret, French journalist based in Beijing

Check out the broadcast here [54 minutes]

Migrants Situation in the Mediterranean on October 25, 2013

Africans making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe is nothing new: be it Morocco to Spain, or Libya to Italy and Malta, or from the Levant and Turkey onto the Greek islands. But since the start of the Arab spring and a marked deterioration in security across the entire Saharan desert region AND in Syria, the number of boat refugees has increased to such levels that many Mediterranean nations simply can't cope anymore.

Other panelists:
-Simona Wright, Professor of Italian and Director of the Italian Program at The College of New Jersey

-Liljert Par, DG Special Envoy and Head of International Organization of Migration Liaison Office in China

Check out the broadcast here [54 minutes]