MSc International Public Policy, 2005–2006
Julian Knott, MSc International Public Policy, 2005–2006.
I completed my MSc International Public Policy programme at SPP in 2006. I arrived having spent four years working in Brussels, first as an intern at the European Commission and then within an EU research consultancy firm. I was looking for a programme that would help me consolidate my practical experience, reinforce my theoretical grounding, broaden my thinking around public policy and open doors to new and interesting career opportunities.
I was not disappointed. SPP provided a fantastic bridge between my early work experience and my subsequent career. The course offered a useful balance between public policy theories and their practical application. The weekly guest seminars provided a fantastic opportunity to interact with leading academics and practitioners in the field. Moreover, the experience among my fellow students, who had an extremely diverse range of professional and academic backgrounds, was another huge benefit. SPP was and remains a great network.
After completing the MSc, I stayed on at SPP for a year as a research assistant. I then took up a position with the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), a network of over eighty EU and US consumer organisations, which provides consumer input to economic and regulatory cooperation initiatives between the EU and US. This work touched on a variety different areas from financial services regulation, food labeling, risk assessments for new technologies, intellectual property protection and consumer privacy. The job gave me great exposure to in-depth policy analysis, political processes, lobbying and negotiations, including contact with cabinet level officials and stakeholders from business, parliaments and civil society organisations. In four and a half years at TACD, I went from Coordinator to Senior Coordinator before finally being promoted to Head of Secretariat.
I am now moving on from TACD and recently accepted a position as Public Affairs Manager at the OECD in Paris, where I will be working mainly on stakeholder relations. This will involve helping the organisation to engage with business, labour, civil society, parliamentarians as well as the public at large to ensure that their views are reflected in OECD policies.
SPP helped me to make a critical transition in my career. The MSc International Public Policy programme could not have been more relevant to what I am doing today.