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Paul Butcher
Policy Analyst
Paul Butcher is a Policy Analyst in the European Politics and Institutions Programme. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Master of Arts in Southeast European Studies from the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria. He joined the EPC in 2017 and contributes to the programme’s work on EU enlargement, citizens’ participation, and online disinformation. His primary research interests include European party politics, nationalism, and the impact of digital technology on democratic systems, with a particular focus on the Balkans.

Before joining the EPC, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz. He has previously completed traineeships at the European Parliament under Alyn Smith MEP and with SOS Children’s Villages in Vienna.


European Politics and Institutions


European Citizens' Consultations, Disinformation and 'fake news', EU enlargement to the Balkans, The citizens' participation toolkit in the EU

Areas of expertise

      Citizen participation, disinformation, democracy,
EU reform, Western Balkans, EU enlargement

Current positions

Policy Analyst


MA in Southeastern European Studies, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria
BA in Modern and Mediaeval Languages, University of Cambridge, UK


English, German, Italian, Bosnian (basic)



Democracy / POLICY BRIEF
Towards a European Code of Conduct for ethical campaigning
By Paul Butcher , Johannes Greubel - 05/11/2021
Disinformation / ISSUE PAPER
Fear and lying in the EU: Fighting disinformation on migration with alternative narratives
By Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Paul Butcher - 26/11/2020
Citizen participation / DISCUSSION PAPER
Citizens expect: Lessons from the European Citizens' Consultations
By Corina Stratulat , Paul Butcher - 21/05/2019


The European pathway of North Macedonia
Paul Butcher moderated a panel presenting the report The European pathway of the Republic of North Macedonia: Achieving faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth at the UNDP offices in Brussels, with Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, UNDP Representative Narine Sahakyan, Lead Expert Fatmir Besimi, and David Cullen from DG NEAR, European Commission.

28 January 2020 - Brussels , Belgique/Belgie
UNDP and Government of the Republic of North Macedonia
Western Balkans / SPEECH
Friends of North Macedonia in the European Parliament
Paul Butcher spoke at the inaugural meeting of the Friends of North Macedonia group in the European Parliament, hosted by Irena Joveva MEP.

05 November 2019 - European Parliament, Brussels , Belgique/Belgie
European Parliament
Future of Europe / SPEECH
The EU Today: Challenges and Opportunities
Paul Butcher delivered a lecture on “The EU Today: Challenges and Opportunities” to the Irish College in Leuven.

24 June 2019 - Irish College Leuven, Belgique/Belgie
Irish College Leuven

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