Dr Gaby Umbach
Professional Title: Other (please specify)
Other: GlobalStat Director
Primary domain: global governance, indicator processes, data science, data repositories
Organization name: European University Institute
Organization type: Academia/Research
City / Country: Florence - Italy
Gaby UMBACH is Visiting Fellow and Director of GlobalStat at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, which she joined in 2010 as a Jean Monnet Fellow working on “Global policy crises and institutional responses of the early 21st century” before becoming RSC Research Fellow in 2011. At the EUI, she also collaborates with the institute’s School of Transnational Governance (STG), where she leads the new STG InnoHub, analysing Public Policy Innovation and Outcomes and contributing to executive training on evidence-based policy-making (EBPM). She is Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Cologne and Innsbruck and member of the Strategy and Coordination Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service in Brussels responsible for research methodologies and strategic academic outreach. Since 2015, she serves as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) and in October 2015 she became member of the EUI’s Ethics Committee for one academic year. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne, where she was Senior Research Associate of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and the Seminar for Social Policy from 2000 to 2014. In both positions she analysed and taught European integration issues with a focus on employment, social and environmental policies as well as on EU institutions. In 2009 her dissertation on the European Employment Strategy was awarded the Stiftung Demokratie Best PhD Thesis Award for outstanding research on democratic decision-making within within the EU’s supranational polity. Over the past 15 years, she has been engaged in numerous international research projects. Her fields of expertise include European integration studies and theories; Europeanisation; multi-level and new modes of governance; policy co-ordination; environmental, employment and socio-economic policies; EU constitutionalisation and institutionalisation; EU enlargement; and curriculum development in EU studies. Through her research at the GGP she extended her academic focus towards global governance questions. Her current research focuses on evidence-based policy-making, measuring as governance technique, global governance by indicators and sustainable development. Among her most recent publications is the ‘Palgrave Handbook on Indicators in Global Governance’ (co-edited with D.V. Malito and N. Bhuta; 2018).