Dr Athanassios Gouglas



I am a lecturer in politics and public policy. I mainly work in the fields of political elites, legislative studies, policy advice, and policy advisory systems. The main focus of my research is on the circulation of legislators in parliaments, the extent to which it happens and the reasons why, as well as its effects on policy outcomes. In addition, I also study political advisers, in particular their policy roles and their interactions with public servants and ministers, in order to understand the way they shape public policy. Finally, I am also interested in knowledge utilisation, in particular the use of policy relevant information by public servants and policy makers in the core executive.


I studied at the University of Cambridge (UK), the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and KU Leuven (Belgium). I received my PhD from KU Leuven in 2017, where I also worked as a post-doctoral researcher before moving to Exeter. My research was funded by Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). I was a visiting doctoral research fellow at the University of Vienna, Bern, Leiden, Siena, University College London and SciencesPo-Paris. As a recipient of an additional FWO long-stay abroad grant I also conducted research at the Australian National University.  

I am currently a lecturer in politics: public policy in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter, as well as an external research fellow at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute.

Previously, I worked as a civil servant in the Hellenic Civil Service and as political and policy adviser in two ministerial cabinets in Greece. I also worked as scientific assistant to a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, and adviser to a Member of the European Parliament.