Professor Paola Mattei

Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy

Governing Body Fellow, St Antony's College
Admissions Tutor, Comparative Social Policy (2013-to date)

Paola Mattei is Associate Professor in Comparative Social Policy and Fellow of the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College. She joined the Department in April 2010, having previously held academic appointments at the London School of Economics, Bremen University and Mannheim University. She has been Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po, Paris, and Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Stanford University.

Professor Mattei has published numerous books: Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy (Palgrave, 2016); Public Accountability and healthcare governance (Palgrave, 2016); Restructuring Welfare Organizations in Europe: From Democracy to Good Management? (Palgrave, 2009), and  University Adaptation in Difficult Economic Times (Oxford University Press, 2014). She has published widely in highly regarded peer reviewed journals, including Public Administration, Western European Politics, Journal of Legislative Politics, Oxford Review of Education, International Review of Administrative Sciences, British Journal of Educational Studies, International Journal of Public Administration, Ethnicities. 
She has held international research grants from the Norwegian Research Council, the CNRS, the European University Association, the European Commission, and the Oxford University Press Fell Fund.

She teaches graduate students on the MSc. and M.Phil. courses on Comparative Social Policy. She convenes the Comparative Education course for postgraduate students. She supervises doctoral students working on education policy, accountability reforms, higher education policy, and integration policies in schools.



Professor Mattei wishes to draw attention to a call for papers for a symposium in Public Administration:  Accountability and Hybridity: Understanding Mixed Accountability Regimes under the New Forms of Welfare Governance. More information here (deadline for workshop abstract submission 27 March 2017).





I am interested in public sector reforms, organisational change, and accountability. In particular, my research uses insights from public policy analysis to better understand the principles and processes of institutional design and delivery of welfare services. New empirical findings in political science, public administration, and public law challenge conventional assumptions about the effectiveness of government reforms and force us to rethink theories of accountability and public administration. My current work focuses on the unintended consequences of accountability reforms, the tensions between political and managerial accountabilities, and the moral and ethical implications of new institutional principles in health care and education policy.

I am currently working on integration policies, and how to conceptualise the integration of minority students (ethnic, religious, etc) in the classrooms.

Paola Mattei's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Comparative Education Policy
Higher education funding and reforms
Accountability and Governance Reforms


comparative education, educational systems, public sector reforms,  accountability systems

Current DPhil Students