Isabelle Engeli

University of Ottawa
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

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Isabelle Engeli is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs where she teaches on public policy, research methods, as well as gender and public policy. Before joining the University of Ottawa in 2011, Isabelle was Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research interests focus on the dynamics in gendering policy attention, the evolution of regulatory regimes on biotechnology over time, as well as the processes in gendering executive. Her work appears notably in: Regulation & Governance; Political Research Quarterly; The Journal of European Public Policy; West European Politics; Comparative European Politics; The French Political Science Review; and The Swiss Political Science Review. She is involved in the Comparative Policy Agenda Research Network ( and has recently co-led an international project on party competition and morality politics in Western Europe (Morality Politics in Western Europe. Parties, Agenda and Policy Choice, with Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Lars Thorup Larsen, 2013, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-direct a book on methods for comparative public policy (Comparative Policy Studies. Conceptual and Methodological Challenges, with Christine Rothmayr Allison, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan). Her research has been awarded the 2012 APSA Best Paper in Comparative Policy Analysis and the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize. Isabelle is the co-convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics and has co-organized the 3th European Conference in Politics and Gender, University Pompeu Fabra, March 2013. She is also the co-founder of the CES Research Network on Gender and Sexuality Studies since 2011.

Engeli, Isabelle and Christine Rothmayr (eds). 2014. "Comparative Policy Studies: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges." Palgrave MacMillan.
Engeli, Isabelle. 2009. “The Challenges of Abortion and Assisted Reproductive Technologies Policies in Europe." Comparative European Politics 7 (1):56-74.
Engeli, Isabelle. 2012. "Policy Struggle on Reproduction: Doctors, Women, and Christians." Political Research Quarterly 65 (2):330-345.
Engeli, Isabelle, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Lars Thorup Larsen. 2013. “The Puzzle of Permissiveness: Understanding Policy Processes concerning Morality Issues." Journal of European Public Policy 20 (3):335-352.
Engeli, Isabelle and Christine Rothmayr. 2013. “Diverging Against All Odds? Regulatory Paths in Embryonic Stem Cell Research Across Western Europe." Journal of European Public Policy 20 (3):407-424.
Engeli, Isabelle, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Lars Thorup Larsen (eds). 2012. "Morality Politics in Western Europe: Parties, Agenda and Policy Choices." Palgrave MacMillan.

Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
Science and Technology Policy
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Public Opinion