Dr Diana Stirbu

Dr Diana Stirbu joined London Metropolitan University in April 2010 after obtaining a PhD from the University of Liverpool Management School. Her doctorate explored issues around institutional development and adaptation in the context of a highly dynamic constitutional landscape underpinning the functions and structure of the National Assembly for Wales.

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Dr Diana Stirbu

Dr Diana Stirbu specialises in public administration reform from a devolved and territorial perspective in the UK, as well as in strategic management in political and public organisations. Her emphasis lies particularly on Welsh and English devolution. More broadly, Diana's work focuses on contemporary issues in parliamentary democracy, such as public engagement, gender representation, as well as on policy and administrative reform in the UK and in transitional countries.

Dr Stirbu often undertakes advisory and consultancy work in relation to the National Assembly for Wales, provides expert advice on constitutional and legislative matters and delivers bespoke executive training for overseas civil servants. She is also an Independent Trustee for the Centre for Public Scrutiny and promotes the importance of scrutiny and accountability in the governance process.

Dr Stirbu's teaching interests include:

  • contemporary issues and debates in public administration and governance
  • public policy design, processes and actors
  • international aid and administration
  • strategic management in the context of the public sector and non-profit organisations
  • public service design and innovation

All areas are extensively covered in our Master of Public Administration (MPA) course 

Dr Stirbu has a particular interest in embedding data literacy skills the curriculum, as well as in building service design and scrutiny capacity within organisations more generally.

Dr Stirbu's research interests and expertise are broad but she particularly welcomes interest from potential PhD students in the following areas:

  • public administration reform in transitional/developing countries
  • gender representation in politics and public life
  • administrative and constitutional reform in the UK
  • public engagement, co-creation and co-design of public services
  • Stirbu, D., Larner, J. and McAllister, L. (2018) - ‘Gender Representation in Wales: New Approaches to Candidate Selection in UK’s Devolved Legislatures and Beyond’, in Cordero and Coller (eds.) Democratising Candidate Selection. New Methods, Old receipts?, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Scully, R., Stirbu, S. and Pritchard, W. (2018) - Unpacking Diversity. Barriers and Incentives in Standing for Election to the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff: National Assembly for Wales.
  • Stirbu, D. and McAllister, L. (2018) - Chronicling National Assembly Committees as Markers of Institutional Change, Journal of Legislative Studies, October 2018, DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2018.1516606.
  • Stirbu, D. (2015) - ‘Spaces for change: Devolution and the changing UK policy landscape’, Public Administration Issues, No. 5, Special Issue, pages 66-81.
  • Cole, M., McAllister, L. and Stirbu, D., (2014) ‘The capacity of the National Assembly for Wales’, UK Changing Union Project, Cardiff: WGC.
  • Stirbu, D.S. (2011) – ‘Female representation beyond Westminster: Lessons from Scotland and Wales’, Political Insight, vol. 2, no. 3, 32-33.
  • Stirbu, D. (2011) – ‘Strategic management in parliamentary organisations. The case of shaping the National Assembly for Wales Strategy for 2007/11’, GSTF Proceedings: Annual International Conference on Political Science, Sociology and International Relations, DOI: 10.5176/2251-2403_PSSIR36.
  • ** Stirbu, D.S. and McAllister, L. (2011) – ‘An Exercise in Democratic Deliberation: The All Wales Convention's Contribution to Constitutional Change, Contemporary Wales, vol. 24, 64-85.
  • ** Stirbu, D.S. (2009) – ‘Instituting Constitutions: The Internal Reconfiguration of the National Assembly for Wales from 2005 to 2007’, Contemporary Wales, vol. 22, 95-112.
  • Stirbu, D.S. (2009) – ‘Reclaiming Politics: The Scottish Parliament and the New Politics’, e.Pol - Political Education Forum Journal, vol. 2, no.1, 25-27.
  • ** McAllister, L. and Stirbu, D.S. (2008) - 'Influence, Impact and Legacy: Assessing the Richard Commission's Contribution to Wales's Evolving Constitution', Representation, vol. 44, no. 3, 209-224.
  • McAllister, L. and Stirbu, D.S. (2007) - 'Opportunities for Gender Innovations in a New Political Space', The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, vol. 1, no.5, 11-18.
  • McAllister, L. and Stirbu, D.S. (2007) - 'Developing Devolution’s Scrutiny Potential: A Comparative Evaluation of the National Assembly for Wales’s Subject Committees', Policy and Politics, vol. 35, no.2, 289-309.

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Dr Stirbu contributes more widely to various media outlets as well as to public consultations and debates, academic and practitioner conferences. She has submitted written evidence to parliamentary committees and has appeared as an expert witness in front of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee in the National Assembly for Wales.

A portfolio of her research-based contributions and commentary can be found on her Governance Insights blog

For any media inquiry, Dr Stirbu can be contacted via:
E: d.stirbu@londonmet.ac.uk
Twitter: @Diana_Stirbu

Dr Diana Stirbu
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
E: d.stirbu@londonmet.ac.uk