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Dr Emmy Eklundh

Dr Emmy Eklundh

Lecturer in Politics

Email
eklundhe@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
0.11, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I joined Cardiff University in January 2020. Prior to this appointment, I was a Lecturer in Spanish and International Politics at King’s College London.

I hold a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester (2015), an MA in International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory from the University of Bremen, Germany (2011), and two BAs in Political Science and Latin from Lund University, Sweden (2009).

My research is located in the interface between European Politics and political and social theory. I’m particularly interested in social movements and political parties on the left, and especially cases of left-wing populism in Southern Europe. I use radical democratic frameworks to further our understanding of democracy in Europe, the challenges to our current liberal order, but also the possibilities for democratic reform.

Current research projects include left-wing populist responses to nationalism, and resistance to European integration from the left. I also have a strong interest in the role of social media for political action, and how emotions and affect influence the way we think about political identities.

I regularly contribute to media outlets on discussions on Spanish politics and populism (including the BBC, CNN, Sky News, CNBC, Swedish national radio, Newsweek)

Biography

Publications

2020

2019

2017

2016

2015

2014

Teaching

I teach introductory politics modules, research methods, and a module on populism in Europe. I'm a Fellow of Advance HE and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice at King's College London in 2017. 

Introduction to Political Science (1st year)

The Politics of Populism in Europe (3rd year)

Research Methods (postgraduate)

Research interests and projects

My research is located in the interface between European Politics and political and social theory. I’m particularly interested in social movements and political parties on the left, and especially cases of left-wing populism in Southern Europe. I use radical democratic frameworks to further our understanding of democracy in Europe, the challenges to our current liberal order, but also the possibilities for democratic reform.

My research broadly has three main components. First, I have researched and published on social movements and protest, particularly in Spain. Second, I now work on left-populist movements in Southern Europe, their development and internal organisation, and how social media influences the work of political parties. Third, I work on democratic theory, and new conceptions of political subjectivity. I have a longstanding interest in how emotions and affect figure in democratic theory.

My current research projects include left-wing populist responses to nationalism, and resistance to European integration from the left. I study how Podemos and Labour are using nationalist narratives, and how populism is strongly intertwined with references to the European nation-state. 

Research networks

I'm the co-convener of the Populism Specialist Group at the Political Studies Association; a project consultant for UNpacking POPulism: comparing emotion narratives effects on political behaviour (UNPOP), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology; a founding member of the European Network of Populism Research together with the Central Bank of Malta. 

Service

I have experience of reviewing for numerous journals, presses and funding bodies (such as Political Studies Review, Politics, Manchester University Press, the Leverhulme Trust, Bristol University Press).

Supervision

I welcome requests for supervision in any areas of research listed in my profile. I'm especially interested in projects on

  • Populism
  • Emotions and rationality in politics
  • Social movements and political parties of the left
  • The politics of Southern Europe
  • Social media and politics