Dr Laura Polverari is a Senior Research Fellow at the European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde. She has an MA/BA Hons in Political Sciences (cum laude) from LUISS in Rome (Laurea lunga, vecchio ordinamento), a Masters in Economic Development from the Istituto Tagliacarne, also in Rome, a PhD in European Public Policy (University of Strathclyde). Her doctoral thesis, on the changing accountability of Cohesion Policy in Italy and the United Kingdom following devolution, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Committee of the Regions Doctoral Thesis Competition 2011. She also has professional experience as a civil servant in Italy. Laura has been a member of EPRC since 2000 where she has undertaken and coordinated research on the design, implementation & evaluation of public policy, EU Cohesion policy, regional policy in Italy, administrative capacity & capacity building, and accountability in policy-making. Her research interests also include: EU governance & institutions; devolution, regionalisation & multi-level governance in the EU MSs; the involvement of civil society in policy-making; comparative European politics; smart specialisation; policies to fight poverty and support social progress & inclusion (including of migrants). She has published widely, in a range of different outlets (academic articles, policy reports, books etc.).