Ana C Campera de Rezende Soares

Ana C Campera de Rezende Soares

PhD fellow

Ana Carolina Campera de Rezende Soares is a Ph.D. fellow at the University of Copenhagen working on European Union politics and governance, focusing on the implementation, enforcement and compliance with EU policies. She holds a master's degree in Research in Public Administration and Organisational Sciences from the University of Utrecht and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais.

Her Ph.D. project focuses on the emerging network arrangements in the implementation and enforcement of EU legislation. The project combines different quantitative and qualitative methods in order to explore the structural differences between networks, the interaction between relevant stakeholders and the effect of network arrangements in EU policy implementation on different national contexts.

Her supervisor is Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen.


During the spring of 2021, Ana Carolina is supervising three masters' theses at the Political Science department and teaching the course 'From paper to practice: the implementation challenges in the European Union environmental policy'. This elective has been designed by her and focuses on the development of environmental policy in the EU context and the challenges in implementing and enforcing such policies. 

Current research

The European Administrative Networks (EANs) are central governance arrangements for the European Union as it bridges the gap between national agents responsible for policy implementation and supranational agents such as the European Commission. However, the existing literature is frequently limited to a Principal-Agent perspective and to single-case studies.

My PhD project focuses in analyzing the functions, intra-network interactions and effectiveness of the EANs in a comparative manner across different policy areas. I build upon theoretical insights from organizational studies and sociological institutionalism, with core concepts such as socialization and policy learning. Through a three-stage methodological approach, using an in-depth comparative case-study, surveys and field research, the PhD project aims to widen the perspective of the dynamics within EANs and ultimately their effectiveness in promoting the implementation of EU policy in the national sphere.

Fields of interest

  • The European Union (EU) regulatory framework
  • European cooperation
  • Policy implementation and enforcement
  • Environmental Policy
  • European Agencies
  • European Administrative Networks/European Regulatory Networks
  • Europeanization
  • Multi-level governance

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