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Claudia Badulescu is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies – Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), working within the Horizon-2021 RED-SPINEL project.

Claudia obtained her PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute  on January 24, 2024 in Florence, Italy. There she worked in close collaboration with Prof. Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre (RSCAS – EUI) to undertake her thesis entitled: “The Europeanization of post-communist administrations: the European Commission as a driver? A study of the European Commission’s efforts to support

administrative reform in Romania, Serbia and Moldova between 2000-2020
.” In a nutshell, this project seeks to analyse and evaluate the role of the European Commission in driving administrative reform in the post-communist administrations from the Central and Eastern European states, Western Balkans and EU Neighbourhood states. By analysing the Commission’s reform programmes that have been implemented between 2000-2020 in three post-communist countries, namely Romania, Serbia and Moldova, this project provides insights into the driving forces and obstacles that shape the Commission’s ability to Europeanise domestic public administrations. This ultimately provides a snapshot of how the EU can wield power today and can achieve institutional change in subtle, but far- reaching ways, and of the very real impact that the bloc can have on the lives of millions of both EU and non-EU citizens.

 While at the EUI, Claudia worked on a variety of international research projects, such as the EU funded Horizon 2020 “Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU)” project, where she is contributing as a country expert for Romania to the work package “The Politics of Differentiated Integration: What do Citizens, Parties, and Governments want?”. Other examples include the ERC Synergy programme SOLID – Policy crisis and crisis politics, sovereignty, solidarity and identity in the EU post 2008, where Claudia was responsible with coding France’s policy responses to the refugee crisis in the EU post-2015, and the  “Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession” – POLCON – project implemented by Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi, where she coded Romanian electoral campaigns based on the analysis of political contestation in the electoral arena, the protest arena, and in issue specific public interactions. In the framework of the euandi2019 Project developed by the European governance and politics programme of the RSCAS, Claudia was a country expert and team leader for Romania in coding the positions of Romanian political parties on policy statements covering a wide range of policy issues and political values in European politics. In 2019, Claudia was employed as a short term expert by the French École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) to undertake a qualitative report, along with Prof. Jean-Michel Eymeri Douzans, Sciences Po Toulouse and Dr. Fabrice Larat, Director of Research at ENA, on the state of play of public administration research and training of civil servants in Romania. 

Previously, Claudia worked for several years as a Senior Project Manager at the French ENA, where she had a leading role in the implementation of EU funded projects in the field of public administration reform in a range of settings, including in Bahrain, Egypt, China, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. 

Claudia is fluent in Romanian, French, English, Italian and has basic knowledge of Spanish, Turkish and Arabic.