Department of Political Science

Prof David Coen

Prof David Coen

Professor of Public Policy

Dept of Political Science

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
17th Sep 2001

Research summary

His research explores business and government relations. Specifically, the research addresses lobbying strategies and the consequences for EU institutional development. The project considers revolving doors, and lobbying regulation.  Developing on the above a second research theme explores business and Brexit. This new study looks at the voice and representation of business in the lead up to the referendum and during the exit negotiations.  A third research theme is on EU regulatory reform, this studies the emergence of EU regulatory agencies and European Regulatory Network governance in the Financial Service, Telecommunications and Energy sectors, and also explores business regulatory shopping strategy in a multilevel regulatory regime. Finally, the forth research theme is exploring climate governance and regulation as part of a large H2020 grant on Global Governance.

Teaching summary

Teaching interests include theories and actors of public policy, EU public policy and policy making, lobbying theory and practice, business and government relations, regulation and regulatory design .


European University Institute, Florence
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
Cardiff University
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1990
University of Portsmouth
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1989


David Coen is Vice Dean International for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor of Public Policy at the Department of Political Science, and founding Director of the Global Governance Institute at University College London. Previously he was Head of Department of Political Science at UCL from 2010 to 2018. Prior to joining UCL he held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne and he wrote his PhD at the European University Institute, Florence He has held visiting appointments as a Schuman Distinguished Fellowship at the Institute of Advance Studies at the 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 at Harvard University, and visiting researcher at the Centre for European Studies. He has held grants from Anglo-German Foundation, British Academy, European Union, Nuffield Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation. He has published extensively in public policy and business journals. He has also published the Handbook on Business and Government. (2010), OUP, Lobbying the EU (2008),  OUP, “Handbook on Global Governance II,” Routledge, “Business Lobbying in the EU” (2021) OUP, Governance of Climate Change. Elements series, (2021) Cambridge University Press.