Professor Diana Stirbu

Diana is Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the School of Social Sciences and Professions. Diana is leading research and policy engagement work on Social Integration and Regeneration at London Met and is co-convening the PSA (Political Studies Association) Parliaments specialist group. Diana is also a member of the Expert Panel supporting the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales

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Professor Diana Stirbu

Prof. Stirbu joined London Metropolitan University in April 2010 after obtaining a PhD in management and governance studies from the University of Liverpool. Since then, Prof Stirbu has been an active researcher and educator in the fields of public policy, politics and governance. In September 2019, she was promoted to Professor of Public Policy and Governance. Prof Stirbu currently leads and co-leads a number of research projects and initiatives in the School of Social Sciences and Professions, including the Connected Communities project investigating London's local authorities' relationship with local communities in the context of Post-Covid recovery. In May 2022, Prof Stirbu was appointed by the Welsh Government as a member to the Expert Panel supporting the work of the Independent Commission for the Constitutional Future of Wales

Professor Stirbu specialises in public policy and governance from a territorial multilevel perspective (in the UK and beyond), as well as in strategic management in political and public organisations. Her emphasis lies particularly on devolution and its impact on politics, governance and democracy. More broadly, prof. Stirbu's work focuses on contemporary issues in parliamentary democracy, such as public engagement, gender representation, and parliamentary governance. A more recent strand of her work investigates the evolving relationship between municipal governments and local communities in the context of co-production as a means of building resilience and addressing strategic challenges (i.e., climate change, structural inequalities).

Professor Stirbu undertakes advisory work in relation to the Welsh Parliament [Senedd Cymru] and provides expert advice on public engagement and strategic governance within political representative institutions. She acted as an Independent Trustee for the Centre for Public Scrutiny between 2016 and 2019 and promotes the importance of scrutiny and accountability in the governance process. In 2020/21 Diana undertook an Academic Fellowship with the Welsh Parliament, conducting research into measuring the effectiveness of the Senedd’s committee system. Diana is also a member of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre at London Metropolitan University.

Affiliated to the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre.

Research interests (interested in supervision of PhD Students):

  • territorial politics and governance (UK and beyond) - exploring issues of constitutional design, democratic legitimation, political representation
  • public engagement (in parliaments) and participatory governance in the context of local municipal government from an international perspective
  • gender representation and institutional design
  • parliamentary governance (role, functions, and structures of strategic leadership and governance in parliamentary organisation)
  • social integration, community resilience and urban governance.

Professor Stirbu's teaches on the following courses and modules:

  • International Relations and Politics BA - teaching The New British Politics module
  • International Relations MA, Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy MA - providing research methods training and convening MA Dissertation module
  • Youth and Community Work MSc - teaching Public Sector Design and Innovation
Dudau, A., Stirbu, D., Petrescu, M. and Bocioaga, A. (2023). ‘Enabling PSL and value co-creation through public engagement: A study of municipal service regeneration’, Public Management Review.
Prior, A. and Stirbu, D. (2023). ‘Public engagement in the Welsh Parliament: Shifting the dial from public-facing to public-engaging’, International Journal of Parliamentary Studies, 3(1), 1-31.
Stirbu, D. (2022) – ‘How Public engagement can Strengthen the work of parliamentary committees: Learnings lessons from the experience of the Welsh Parliament’, The Parliamentarian, 103(4), 334-336, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Stirbu, D., & McAllister, L. (2020) - 'Politics in Wales since devolution.' In The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society (pp. 271-284). Routledge.
Stirbu, D. and McAllister, L. (2018) - Chronicling National Assembly Committees as Markers of Institutional Change, Journal of Legislative Studies, 24(4), 373-393,
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.
Dunleavy, P. and Stirbu, D. (2018) - ‘Chapter 5.6: The basic structure of the devolution settlements’. In: Dunleavy, P et al, The UK's Changing Democracy. London: LSE Press.
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, 2(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.
Stirbu, D.S. and McAllister, L. (2011) – ‘An Exercise in Democratic Deliberation: The All Wales Convention's Contribution to Constitutional ChangeContemporary Wales, Vol. 24, 64-85.
Stirbu, D.S. (2009) – ‘Reclaiming Politics: The Scottish Parliament and the New Politics’, e.Pol - Political Education Forum Journal, 2(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, 44(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: Annual Review 1(5), 11-18.
  • 2020-22 2 rounds of Rescaling and Transformation Funding, London Metropolitan University: £46,000 - Connected Communities. Supporting Inclusive Recovery in London
  • 2022-23 Rescaling and transformation Funding, London Metropolitan University: £6,800 - The Potential for Value destruction through co-production and community engagement (supporting external bid development)
Previous grants and commissioned work:
  • GLA, Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network 2020/21 | Facilitating peer learning skills development and good practice dissemination across London boroughs (£25,000)
  • National Housing Federation 2019/20 Early Adopters Programme - with Snook and Glasgow University | Supporting NHF and 120 Housing Associations design, test and implement the Together with Tenants Charter (£70,000)
  • GLA, Social Integration Design Lab 2018/19 - with Snook and NEF Consulting | Supporting 17 London Boroughs to embed social integration principles in their regeneration work (£53,000)
  • WEN Wales, Evaluation of the 2018-19 Mentoring Scheme (with Wales Governance Centre) - Lead | Evaluating the Women in Public & Political Life Mentoring Scheme (£1,500)
  • National Assembly for Wales Remuneration Board Co-Investigator | Research into barriers to standing in elections for the National Assembly for Wales | 2017-2018 (£20,000)
  • ESRC | Co-author of UK’s Changing Union Project report | The Capacity of the National Assembly for Wales | Wales Governance Centre | 2014 (£4,000)
Student awards:
  • British Federation for Women Graduates - Ellen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship, 2008
  • Duncan Norman Scholarship (£60,000) - main PhD funding, 2005-08
Professor Diana Stirbu
Professor of Public Policy and Governance
School of Social Professions,
London Metropolitan University