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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Cleo Davies

Cleo Davies
Cleo Davies
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
International Organisations, European studies, The politics of financial market supervision and regulation, International Political Economy


Prof. Christina Boswell and Dr. Iain Hardie 

Research project

My research is an analysis of the decision-making process that led to the creation of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) of financial activities after the 2007 financial crisis in the European Union. I adopt an institutional approach with the goal of exploring the use of symbolic mechanisms in the decision-making process for legitimation purposes.


2 year Master’s Degree in European and International Studies, Institute for European Studies, University Paris Vincennes - Paris 8, First class honors

Degree in History, University Denis Diderot Paris 7 and Humboldt University in Berlin, 2:1


2016-2018; Politics and International Relations Career Development PhD Scholarship 

2018 UACES funding for the research trip to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) at the EUI

Research Experience

Research Assistant, What Works Scotland, University of Edinburgh (July -December 2016)

Research Assistant for Dr. Carmen Gebhard, University of Edinburgh (June 2016)



2017 (spring): The Political economy of Cap and Trade: the Example of the EU ETSundergraduate courses, Science and Society 1B: Nature & Environment, UoE

2017 (fall): Globalisation, the State and the Austerity versus Stimulus Debate, Honours Course, International Political Economy, UoE


2016, 2017 (spring): tutor and senior tutor, undergraduate courses, Science and Society 1B: Nature & Environment, UoE STS department.

2016, 2017 (fall): tutor and senior tutor, undergraduate course, Politics in a Changing World: Introduction for non-specialists, UoE, Politics and IR Department.

2017 (fall): tutor, honours course, International Political Economy, UoE, Politics and IR Department.

Publications & Conference Papers

Panel Member:

""Never Waste a Good Crisis": Anatomy of Commission decision-making in the Reforms for Financial Market Supervision in 2008-2009"ECPR annual Conference 2017, Univeristy of Oslo, 6-9 September 2017

“Mathematical Finance in European Reforms on Ethics in the Financial Sector”, UACES 46th Annual Conference, Queen Mary University of London, 5-7 September 2016

“From Regulation to Supervision: The Role of the EU in Financial Market Integration from 1999 to 2009", Doctoral Forum, New Public Sector Seminar 2016, University of Edinburgh Business School, 3 November 2016

Seminar paper-based presentation:

"The London Olympic Village: A case study in strategic misrepresentation and political risk management”, the New Thinking Group (NTG), Edinburgh Business School, 21 February 2017

“The UK-EU Relationship on financial regulation and supervision: highlighting the interaction of two political projects”, the Political History Research Group annual conference, 20 April 2017 

Relevant work Experience 

Before starting a PhD at Edinburgh University, I worked in Politics and policy making at European level for five and a half years, first as a political advisor in a European political group and then as a policy officer representing local and regional authorities at European level.