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Dr Simona Milio

Associate Director, Social and Cohesion Policy Unit


LSE Enterprise, London School of Economics and Political Science

Eighth Floor, Tower Three

Houghton Street, London



Email: s.milio@lse.ac.uk|

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7128

The Social and Cohesion Policy Unit team

Simona Milio – Associate Director

Simona MilioDr Simona Milio is Associate Director of the Social and Cohesion Policy Unit at LSE Enterprise. She has a PhD in European Political Economy and ten years of expertise in Structural Funds evaluation and Cohesion Policy implementation. She has worked extensively with the European Union as well as regional and national governments.

Simona has successfully published in highly regarded international journals such as Regional Studies and West European Politics. Her recent monograph explores potential reasons for deficiencies in policy implementation across the European Union, using a wide range of member state case studies. She has recently co-edited a book for Palgrave on EU Budget Reform and Institutional Change. Her latest projects include an exploration of project funding in the EU 27, an assessment of the performance of the operational and territorial programmes in the EU 27, and a comparative analysis of the role of FDI across Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK.

She also currently teaches a course at LSE on European Political Economy and on Understanding the Causes of Things. She is fluent in both Italian and English and has experience in designing and implementing surveys across the EU.

Contact Simona at s.milio@lse.ac.uk| / +44 (0)20 7955 7128

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Elitsa Garnizova – Project Officer

Elitsa GarnizovaElitsa is a project officer and researcher in LSE Enterprise’s Social and Cohesion Policy Unit. She has an MA in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives from KU Leuven, Belgium and a BSc in International Economic and Management from Bocconi University, Italy. Prior to joining LSE, she worked with a London-based strategy consultancy, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the European Commission.

Her research interests include regional and cohesion policy, trade policy, international affairs and the European Neighbourhood Policy. She is fluent in Bulgarian and English, has working knowledge of French and Italian and is currently studying Arabic (MSA).

Contact Elitsa at: e.v.garnizova@lse.ac.uk| / +44 (0)207 852 3611

Elisa Narminio – Associate Researcher

Elisa NarminioElisa is Associate Researcher in LSE Enterprise’s Social Policy and Cohesion Unit. She holds an MSc in International Relations Theory (London School of Economics and Political Science, high merit), an LLM in Public Law (Sorbonne) and an MA in Comparative Literature (Sorbonne, distinction).

Formerly project manager at LSE Enterprise, Elisa has a proven track record of successfully implementing public policy projects for clients such as EU agencies, private companies, national governments and international organisations. Before joining LSE Enterprise, Elisa was a political consultant in the private sector, and also worked at UNESCO, in the non-profit sector, and as an Editor for the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Elisa has successfully published on public policy reform and gender equality in academic journals and at the European Parliament. Her research interests include international affairs, development, gender and inclusion of vulnerable populations. She is fluent in French, English, Dutch and German, and has working knowledge of Italian and Spanish.

Contact Elisa at: elisa.narminio@gmail.com|

The Unit draws on the relevant expertise of LSE academics as well as of external research centres such as:

  • Area Science Park, Italy
  • Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali (Censis), Italy
  • Ecorys, UK
  • European Policies Research Centre (EPRC), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI), Budapest
  • PriceWaterHouseCooper, Italy
  • Red2red Consultores
  • Richmond University, US
  • Univerista’ di Bologna, Italy
  • Univerista’ di Messina, Italy
  • Universita’ di Palermo, Italy