I am Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway. My research examines the role of stakeholder consultations and interest groups in EU politics and policymaking, the design and reform of lobbying regulatory schemes and the dynamics of Better Regulation politics.

In 2018 I was awarded a 5 years European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant entitled "CONSULTATIONEFFECTS - Effects of stakeholder consultation on inputs, processes and outcomes of executive policymaking." The project aims to investigate stakeholder consultations as institutions of political participation and representation, and to systematically study their effects on policy inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes of executive policymaking in 29 political systems: all 28 EU Member States and the EU polity. 

Before joining Bergen, I was Lecturer in politics at the University of Southampton (UK), Marie Curie Research Fellow at University College London (2014-16), Max Weber Fellow at the EUI (2013-14) and Fulbright-Schuman  Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012-13).

I am a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (PhD 2012), Central European University (MA 2007) and University of Bucharest (BA 2006).

My recent articles are:
Raimondas Ibenskas and Adriana Bunea (2020) "Legislators, organizations and ties: understanding interest group recognition in the European Parliament." European Journal of Political Research. Online first:  https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12412

Adriana Bunea (2020) "Understanding the European Commission's use of politicisation in the negotiation of interinstitutional agreements: the role of consultations and issue framing." Journal of European Public Policy 27(3): 439-459. Part of a special issue on EU Actors Under Pressure: Politicisation and Depoliticisation as Strategic Responses. Guest Editors: Edoardo Bressanelli, Christel Koop, and Christine Reh
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2020.1712461


Adriana Bunea and Vlad Gross (2019) "Regulating Lobbying Through Voluntary Transparency Clubs: the Connoiseurs' Assessment. Evidence from the European Union." Public Administration. 97(4): 797-813.

Adriana Bunea (2019) "Regulating European Union lobbying: in whose interest?" Journal of European Public Policy. 26(11): 1579-1599.

Adriana Bunea (2018) "Legitimacy through targeted transparency? Regulatory effectiveness and sustainability of lobbying regulation in the European Union." European Journal of Political Research. 57(2): 378-403.