About the METRO project

About the project

The ‘International Organisations and the Rise of a Global Metrological Field’, METRO for short, is an ERC-funded project (grant number 715125), which focuses on the rise of quantification as a key tool in the production of knowledge for transnational governance.


Although much literature on the field of the social production of metrics has examined the measurement tools themselves, we know less about the actors and institutions that construct and use these tools.


Therefore, our objective is to undertake a research programme that goes beyond the role of International Organisations (IOs) in ‘governing by numbers’. Instead, METRO brings together multiple bodies of knowledge in order to cast light on the role metrics play in re-shaping the relationships and interdependences between IOs themselves. 


Our team

Dr Sotiria Grek

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Sotiria is a Principal Investigator of the METRO project. She works on education policy, transnational policy learning, the politics of quantification, knowledge and governance. She has co-authored (with Martin Lawn) ‘Europeanising education: governing a new policy space’ (2012, Symposium) and co-edited (with Joakim Lindgren) ‘Governing by Inspection’ (2015, Routledge). 

She is currently writing a monograph on ‘Educating Europe: EU Government, Knowledge and Legitimation’ to be published by Routledge in 2019. 

Justyna Bandola
Dr Justyna Bandola-Gill

METRO Post-doctoral fellow

 Justyna is an interdisciplinary researcher, working at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and Public Policy. In her research, she explores interactions between science and policy, in particular ways in which knowledge is organised, governed and mobilised across different settings in order to achieve political goals. 


Her previous research explored this interplay across different contexts, for example within the so-called research impact agenda in the UK or in various public health policies. 

Matteo Ronzani
Dr Matteo Ronzani

METRO Post-doctoral fellow

Matteo’s background is in philosophy and business studies. His research focuses on the intersection between organization theory and interdisciplinary accounting, focusing on the role of visual and material artefacts (e.g., dashboards, metrics, and data visualizations) in processes of organizing. 


He has conducted research in various settings such as the delivery of infrastructure megaprojects, the managerial practices in large-scale humanitarian crises, and on digital innovation in the public sector.


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 715125.

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