Department of Political Science


Professor David Coen

Professor of Public Policy and Pro Vice Provost Global Engagement
 4.06, 36-38 Gordon Square
Email: d.coen@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 0207 679 4967



I am a Professor of Public Policy and Pro Vice Provost Global Engagement. Previously, I was Head of the Department of Political Science and Director of the Global Governance Institute. Prior to joining UCL, I held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne, and I wrote my PhD at the European University Institute, Florence.

I have held visiting appointments as a Schuman Distinguished Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies (European University Institute), the Fernand Braudel Professorial Fellowship at the Political Science Department EUI, the Fulbright Distinguished Professor Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), and Visiting Researcher at the Centre for European Studies. I have held grants from the Anglo-German Foundation, British Academy, European Union, Nuffield Foundation and Fulbright Foundation.

I have published extensively in public policy and business journals. I have also published books including Lobbying the European Union (2009), The Oxford Handbook of Business and Government (2010), Global Governance II (2017), Global Climate Governance (2020), and Business Lobbying in the European Union (2021).


My research explores business and government relations, specifically EU business lobbying strategies and the consequences for EU institutional development. This includes the formal effects of EU forum politics, the Commission and European Parliament as policy entrepreneurs, revolving doors and lobbying regulation. Developing this, another of my research themes explores business and Brexit. My study examines the voice and representation of business in the lead up to the referendum and during exit negotiations, and explores the level of uncertainty in the exit policy across a number of issues and industrial sectors. It also details how business has made representation at various UK ministries and the EU, and its voice in the media.

A third research theme – EU regulatory reform – explores the emergence of EU regulatory agencies and European Regulatory Network governance in the financial service, telecommunications and energy sectors, and also examines business regulatory shopping strategy in a multi-level regulatory regime. Finally, my fourth research theme looks at climate governance and regulation as part of a large H2020 grant on global governance. This project explores climate politics, multi-level governance and public-private governance, the role of the EU in climate politics, EU climate law, and the emergence of national independent climate agencies.

Selected publications

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Book chapters
  • Coen, D. and Tarrant, A. (2022) ‘Independent Regulators in Europe’, in M. Maggetti, F. Di Mascio and A. Natalini (eds.) Handbook of Regulatory Authorities. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Coen, D. and Provost, C. (2020). ‘Revolving Doors’, in P. Harris, A. Bitonti, C. Fleisher and A. Skorkjær Binderkrantz (eds.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

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I teach modules on ‘Theories and Actors of the Policy Process’ and ‘Business and Government’.

I am interested in supervising PhD students exploring business and government, lobbying, revolving doors, politics of regulation and regulatory design, business climate politics, and corporate social responsibility.