Cleo joined the UEA in August 2020 as a Senior Research Associate working on the ESRC project Negotiating the Future: The UK’s repositioning in Europe led by Professor Hussein Kassim. Before joining UEA, Cleo completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focused on the European Commission's response to the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-2010, specifically in relation to the creation of the three European Supervisory Authorities on financial activities. Her research draws on sociological approaches in organizational action, the role of expertise in policy-making, and regulatory governance.
Cleo also takes an interest in the history of the development of supervisory governance in the European Union and was the beneficiary of the UACES award for a scholarship visit to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence. She has also undertaken archival work in the Bank of International Settlements in Basel.
Cleo is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught widely and continues to teach on undergraduate and postgraduate courses on international organizations, European integration, British politics and social policy, as well as international political economy.
Prior to working in academia, Cleo worked for over five years in Brussels as a Political and Policy Advisory at European level. Over the course of her PhD, she was a Research Assistant on two projects at the University of Edinburgh on the collaboration between academia and practitioners, and remains interested in developing the links between research and policy-making.
Key Research Interests
Cleo works on the negotiations between the EU and the UK during the Brexit process and the future relationship.
She is also working from a historical perspective on the collaboration between the European Commission and experts in the development of high-level expert groups on the Internal Market and financial market integration.
Cleo has also worked as a Research Assistant on projects centred around collaboration between academia and practitioners:
- 'Evaluating academic engagement with UK legislatures: Exchanging knowledge on knowledge exchange, led by Dr Marc Geddes, University of Edinburgh and Dr Danielle Beswick, University of Birmingham
- What Works Scotland, University of Edinburgh on the Collaborative Action Research section.