Organization profile

Organisation profile

The European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) has extensive competence and experience in comparative research on regional problems and policies in Europe and on the evaluation of Structural Funds programmes and projects within the EU, as well as a wide range of other regional policy and regional planning studies.

As a research institute, based in the School of Government & Public Policy (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences) of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, EPRC has specialised in regional and industrial development in Europe for over 30 years and provides research expertise for both public and private organisations across a range of policy areas - regional, economic, labour market, innovation and environmental - covering all the countries of the EU27 and neighbouring states.

Its extensive research portfolio consists of four main programmes:

Regional development and regional policy in Europe: national policies for regional economic development; regional governance and economic development; regional innovation policies and cluster strategies; economic restructuring, regional development and regional policy in the new Member States;

EU Cohesion policy: the negotiation and design of EU Cohesion policy; the planning, management, implementation and evaluation of Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes and strategies for regional economic development;

European territorial development: the contribution of EU policies to territorial cohesion; studies of inter-regional, cross-border and transnational programmes;

Competition policy and subsidy discipline: State aid control policies under the EC and EEA Treaties and the Europe Agreements.

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group cohesion Social Sciences
EU Social Sciences
regional policy Social Sciences
regional development Social Sciences
cohesion Earth & Environmental Sciences
evaluation Social Sciences
reform Social Sciences
competition policy Social Sciences

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Projects 2005 2022

Research Output 1986 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
tourist destination
6 Downloads (Pure)

Ex-post Evaluation of the EU Solidarity Fund 2002-2016

Bachtler, J., Begg, I., Ferry, M. & Ogilvie, J., 10 May 2019, Luxembourg. 90 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
Ex-post evaluation

Reforming the MFF and Cohesion Policy 2021-27: Pragmatic Drift or Paradigmatic Shift?

Bachtler, J., Mendez, C. & Wishlade, F., 31 Jan 2019, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 72 p. (European Policy Research Papers; vol. 107)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
reform policy
group cohesion


Frisian National Party Membership Survey

Van Der Zwet, A. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 14 Jul 2014



Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2002-present

John Bachtler (Recipient), Jan 2008

Prize: Election to learned society

social science

Co-organiser of the Regional Studies Association Cohesion Policy Research Network

Laura Polverari (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Election to learned society


John Bachtler (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Election to learned society

Royal Society

Activities 1995 2019


Impact of research on the implementation of EU Cohesion policy on the European Commission's legislative proposals for the reform of the policy

John Bachtler (Participant), Laura Polverari (Participant), Carlos Mendez (Participant), Martin Ferry (Participant), Irene McMaster (Participant), Rona Michie (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Economic and commerce


Subsidies to firms – balancing regional economic development against negative competition effects

Fiona Wishlade (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation