Politics and International Studies


Populism Research Group

The Populism Research Group (PRG) at Loughborough University was established in 2018 and aspires to build a dynamic School-wide intellectual community for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and members of staff working on different aspects of the populist phenomenon.

The aims of the group are to:

  • establish an informal space for the discussion, critique and development of theoretical and empirical studies on populism;
  • support and link research on populism across scholarly disciplines in the University;
  • coordinate with other Universities and external networks to promote international collaborative research and outreach activities;
  • organise seminars and reading groups for postgraduate researchers working on populism as well as high-profile guest lectures that can appeal to broader audiences
  • facilitate innovative research that can feed into teaching and learning activities;
  • seek external funding for collaborative research projects on populist politics.

The group aligns with the Social, Political and Cultural Theory current of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University but also fosters interdisciplinary research with colleagues grouped in the Political Communication and Nations, Migrations and Citizenship themes. It is linked internationally with the POPULISMUS network (based at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), the Populism Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association and collaborates with DESIRE (Centre for the Study of Democracy, Signification and Resistance in Brussels).

Group convener: Giorgos Katsambekis.

For additional information or inquiries, contact us at: G.Katsambekis@lboro.ac.uk and L.Karavasilis@lboro.ac.uk.

Our activities (guest lectures, presentations, reading group sessions, etc.) are free and open to all. Our schedule for the academic year 2018-2019 can be found below.

Events / Seminars in 2018-19
Date / time Name of speaker/presenter Theme Format Room Information
10 October (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00 Giorgos Katsambekis (Loughborough University)  ‘Developments in populist studies. Mapping a booming field, setting an agenda’  Presentation of the research group. Discussion on scope, activities, collaborations  K109 Manzoni Building  
24 October (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00 Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) ‘Populism, anti-populism and crisis: challenges for democracy in post-Brexit Europe’ Guest lecture in the context of the CRCC seminar series U122 Brockington Extension building Abstract & presenter bio
7 November (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00 Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University)  ‘Radicalism – Situating contemporary movement practices’ Internal speaker K109 Manzoni building  
21 November (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00 Emmy Eklundh  (King’s College London)  ‘Why populists aren’t mad: The role of emotions in contemporary politics’ Guest lecture K109 Manzoni building Abstract & presenter bio 
5 December (Wednesday) 13:00 – 14:00 Lazaros Karavasilis  (Loughborough University)  ‘Comparing right- and left-wing populism in Greece and Germany’ PGR presentation K109 Manzoni building  
27 February (Wednesday) 13:00 - 15:00 Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Athina Karatzogianni (University of Leicester)
‘Horizontality, Verticality and Progressive Populism: Challenges for theory and practice’ Seminar SCH.1.05 
Schofield building
20 March (Wednesday) 14:00 - 16:00 Jonas Staal ‘Performing the people: populism in political science and in artistic performance’ Discussion with Arts & Politics PGRs. In collaboration with the Politicized Practice Research Group. Re-imagining Citizenship and Nation theme  K109 Manzoni building  



Marco Antonsich (Geography)

Lazaros Karavasilis (Politics and International Studies)

Stavros Kartsonas (Politics and International Studies)

Giorgos Katsambekis (Politics and International Studies)

Ruth Kinna (Politics and International Studies)

Caglar Ozturk (Politics and International Studies)

Panos Panayotou (Politics and International Studies)

Giulia Piccolino (Politics and International Studies)

James Stanyer (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

Václav Štětka (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

Thomas Swann (Politics and International Studies)

Maria Tsiko (Politics and International Studies)

External associates

Benjamin De Cleen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Emmy Eklundh (King’s College London)

Simona Guerra (University of Leicester)

Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath)

Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia)

Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)