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Dr Erica Consterdine

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

County South



Office Hours:

Mondays 11:00-13:00


Research overview

My research centres on public policy with a focus on immigration policy and governance. The processes and politics of policymaking, and in particular unintended outcomes of policy, are what drives my research. My book  Labour's Immigration Policy: The Making of the Migration State published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018 explored how interest, ideas, parties and institutions shape policy. My work draws on theories and approaches from political science and public policy, political geography, and organisational sociology. My research interests include but are not limited to immigration politics & policymaking, British politics, labour market policies, street-level bureaucracy, policy implementation, multi-level governance, role of political parties, political economy and organisational cultures. Empirically my current research focuses on labour immigration policies across the EU, the political economy of migration, the Common European Asylum System and politics of policy implementation.

Career Details

Prior to joining the Department of PPR I was a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex where I conducted H2020 funded research on the Common European Asylum System (CEASEVAL) and Fp7 funded research on Temporary Migration (TEMPER).

I was also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) where I conducted research on UK labour market policy, zero hour contracts and the gig economy; comparative pension policy; further education policy; higher education policy; labour market policies in Europe; and labour market integration of refugees. 

Current Teaching

PPR.246: Public Policy

POLI 100 Convenor and Lecturer 

Business and Enterprise

I write regularly for the Conversation, LSE blogs and I have previously written for Open Democracypolitics.co.uk, IESNew Left Project , Institute for Public Policy (IPPR), Political Anthropologist and provided comment for the Guardian. I featured in BBC Radio 4 Briefing Rooms (presented by David Aaronovitch) in 2018 where I discussed her book and Home Office culture, listen here

I am keen to inform policy and shape debates through my research. In 19/20 I’ll be an Academic Lead for the Cabinet Office Policy School (Open Innovation Partnership).

Research Interests

Areas: immigration politics and policy; public policy; public administration; welfare policy; British politics; EU politics

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