Interview series: Professor Claire Dunlop

Professor Claire Dunlop joins IPPA for an interview discussing her academic journey from PhD student to professor. In the video, Dunlop discusses her motivations for pursuing a PhD, her mentors, the meaning and development behind epistemic communities, policy learning, and the importance of participating in international scholarly discussions. She was interviewed in Pittsburgh by PhD candidate Maxfield Jones Peterson.



Claire Dunlop is a political scientist and, specifically, a public policy and administration scholar at the University of Exeter. Her main research interests are the politics of expertise and knowledge utilization; epistemic communities and advisory politics; risk governance; policy learning and analysis; impact assessment; and policy narratives. She explore these conceptual interests at the UK and EU levels principally, and most frequently in relation to agricultural, food and environmental issues.

From 2010 to 2016, she was convenor of the UK Political Studies Association’s (PSA) Public Policy and Administration specialist group and is now a PSA Trustee and member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is currently editor of Public Policy and Administration. 



Dunlop, C.A. (2000) Epistemic Communities: A Reply to Toke, Politics, 20(3): 137-144.


Dunlop, C.A. (2013) “Epistemic Communities”, in E. Araral, S. Fritzen, M. Howlett, M. Ramesh and X. Wu (eds), Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. London: Routledge. pp 229-243.


Dunlop, C. A. and Radaelli, C. M. (2013) Systematising policy learning: from monolith to dimensions, Political Studies, 61(3): 599-619.


Dunlop, C.A., Radaelli, C.M. and Trein, J.P. (eds) (2018) Learning in Public Policy: Analysis, Modes and Outcome, Basingstoke: Palgrave.