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Anna is a PhD Researcher at the Department of Social Sciences. She holds a BSc in International and European Studies from the University of Macedonia (Greece) and an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). She is a mixed-methods researcher and has conducted evaluation and impact assessments for the European Commission, the UK government and charitable trusts for five years.

Anna has worked in the business, the not-for-profit (NatCen Social Research) and the supranational (European Commission, UNESCO and CEDEFOP) sectors, across a range of public policy projects, which include social, economic and environmental policy themes. Her research interests are policy evaluation, green economy, green skills, climate change, renewable energy and resource efficiency.

She was awarded a PhD studentship sponsored by the University of Westminster and linked to the UK’s Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN). Her research project explores the complexity emerging from the policymaking, while taking into consideration the synergies and trade-offs of the environment-water-food-energy nexus, in the case of Anaerobic Digestion in the UK.

Teaching

During 2017-2018 Anna supported teaching in the modules of the MA Energy and Environmental Change. She also organised and held training sessions in a postgraduate summer school, held by ETH Zurich in Italy.

Research

Barbrook-Johnson, P., Penn, A., Kaxira, A. and Ahmed, T. (2019) Negotiating complexity in evaluation planning: A participatory systems map of the energy trilemma. CECAN Evaluation and Policy Practice Note (EPPN) No. 12 for policy analysts and evaluators.

Mitchell M., Kotecha M., Davies M., Porter H., Kaxira A. and Turley C. (July 2016), Evaluation of an antihomophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HB&T) bullying programme, London: Government Equalities Office and Department for Education. 

Rahim N., Paskell C., Kaxira A. and Crowther T. (March 2015), Evaluating the In-Work Progression advice trial, London: Department for Work and Pensions. 

Sofroniou, N., Kaxira, A., Kvetan, V., and Katsikis, I. (2014). Skills for sustainable economies: A vocational education and training perspective. In C. Larsen, S. Rand & R. Keil (Eds.), Sustainable economy and sustainable employment: Regional and local labour market monitoring approaches for measuring sustainability (pp. 229– 253). Mering, Germany: Rainer Hampp Verlag.