Department of Political Science


Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello

Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Capstones
3.07, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Email: m.pagliarello@ucl.ac.uk



I hold a PhD in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE) European Institute, where I was Teaching Fellow in European Politics and Public Policy. From 2018 to 2019, I was an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (Industrial Strategy) at the LSE European Institute. Prior to joining academia, I worked as an education policy researcher and specialist with national/international organisations and governments for more than 15 years, including at the National Research Institute of the Italian Ministry of Labour, as policy expert for comparative analysis of European education policies, and the Italian Ministry of Education.

I also work as Research Associate for LSE Consulting, where I contribute as a researcher and policy evaluator for several projects on education for a wide range of clients, including the European Commission, CEDEFOP, the European Training Foundation, and the UK government. Previous qualifications include an MRes in European Studies from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Economics of Arts and Culture from SDA Bocconi School of Management, and an MA in History from the University of Pisa.


My research interests are in public policy, with a keen focus on social policies. I am interested in understanding the role of political and economic actors in shaping public policies and the mechanisms through which ideas play a role in restructuring interests. My book manuscript (currently under review) examines the trajectory of the transformations of education policy in Europe from a predominantly national competence defined on the basis of domestic and normative objectives to a supranational policy framework, driven by an economic discourse concerning productivity and employability.

I am also Research Director of the project ‘Civic Education and Populism’, which examines to what extent the strengthening of populism movements in Europe can be understood as the result of some kind of educational failure and, if so, what the role of civic education as a way of strengthening citizens’ political autonomy might be. Finally, I am also interested in evidence-based policy research through my work with LSE Consulting, mainly covering education, the European Union, and the Western Balkans.


Journal articles
Book chapters
Book reviews & blog articles
Selected policy research


I currently teach Capstones. Previously, I have taught ‘European Politics and Public Policy’ and ‘Policies and Politics of Brexit’ at LSE, and ‘Public Management and Governance’ and ‘Introduction to Internationals Relations’ at Queen Mary University.