John Moodie

Senior Research Fellow

Dr John Moodie is a political scientist specializing in the role of experts in European Union policymaking; in particular, the way in which the European Commission interacts with stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of European research and innovation policy. He also has over five years work experience working as an EU policy and funding adviser.

John is the editor of European Journal of Spatial Development (EJSD) (archive)

Academic Qualifications
PhD in Political Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, an MA in Politics (Research) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a BA Joint Honours in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham.

Previous Positions
Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Arena Centre for European Union Studies (University of Oslo)

Consultant at NJM European, Economic and Management Consultants Ltd

Policy Adviser at the North East England Regional Office in Brussels

Moodie, J.R. (2017) ‘Reassessing the Monnet Method: Deliberative or Technocratic?, in Góra, Magdalena, Cathrine Holst, and Marta Warat, eds. Expertisation and Democracy in Europe. Routledge, 2017.

Moodie, J. R. (2015) ‘Resistant to Change? The European Commission and Expert Group Reform’, in West European Politics,

Holst, C. & Moodie, J. R. (2015) ‘Cynical or Deliberative? An Analysis of the European Commission’s Public Communication on Its Use of Expertise in Policy-Making’, in Politics and Governance

John Moodie‘s spatial story

Born in Nottingham in 1983, but brought up in the North East of England in the historic town of Newcastle. I was a keen student of History, Politics and the English Language at High School, which developed into a deeper passion for History and Politics during my undergraduate days at Nottingham University. During this time, my interest in the European Union began to grow, so my Masters and PhD studies focused on the historical evolution of the EU, as I wanted to develop my understanding of the key institutions and policymaking process. At post-doc level, I focused on research and innovation policy and the role of expertise in EU policymaking, examining the way the Commission consults with key stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of policy.

This background knowledge of EU governance and policymaking forms an essential foundation for the job at Nordregio, where I have focused on EU Marine Spatial Planning and Regional Innovation Policy. I look forward to developing a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between the Nordic Region and the EU over the coming four years.