Prof Mark Harwood is Director of the Institute for European Studies and Associate Professor in European Comparative Politics. He has been an academic at the University of Malta since 2003, having previously worked for the European Commission. After completing his BA Hons in International Relations at the University of Malta, he won an EU-funded scholarship to study for the Masters in Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. In 2009 he completed his Doctoral thesis in Public Management with a study on the Europeanization of the Maltese Public Administration, published in 2014 by Ashgate as 'Malta in the European Union'. Prof Harwood teaches courses in comparative politics, EU policy, lobbying and Europeanization and is currently supervising 2 doctoral students in the areas of European Parliament political groups and their role in European integration as well as the Coordination of EU Affairs in small states. In addition to being Director of the Institute for European Studies, Dr Harwood sits on various editorial boards in Malta and abroad.