Lazaros Karavasilis

  • Postgraduate Researcher

Lazaros joined Loughborough University as a Postgraduate Researcher in October 2017. In his PhD, Lazaros compares left and right wing populism through cases in Greece and Germany. The project examines the discourses of “Alternative for Deutschland”, “Die Linke” “SYRIZA” and “Independent Greeks” in order to see how populism is articulated with other topics, such as nationalism and socialism.

2017-: Postgraduate Researcher in Comparative Politics, Loughborough University
2016: Member of POPULISMUS Observatory
2015: Master’s Degree in Political Analysis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
2012: Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Lazaros' main areas of research interest include populism, radical left and right parties and discourse analysis. During his Master Thesis, Lazaros conducted research on the formulation of the ideological and political identity of the conservative Greek party “New Democracy” during the period 2009-2013. Since then, he has also examined how anti-populism is signified and its relationship with populism in Greek political and media discourse.

Conference Papers


Comparing Populism in Opposition and in Power: Lessons from Greece and Germany. Paper presented at the 69th PSA Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 15-17th April


From Historiography to Anarcho-populism: the theoretical evolution of populism. Paper presented at the 68th PSA Annual International Conference, Cardiff City Hall, 26 – 28th March


The Construction of the National-Populist Subject: the formation of the ‘people’ in national-populist discourse and its characteristics. Presented at the “Populism as Movement and Rhetoric” Conference, Jyväskylä, 19 March.


The National-Populism of New Democracy: the case of May 6th Elections 2012. Presented at the “Populism and Democracy” POPULISMUS International Conference Thessaloniki, 28 June.

Journal Articles


‘Perceptions of “Populism” and “Anti-populism” in Greek Public Discourse during the Crisis: the case of the website “Anti-news”’, Politik Special Issue on Populism: Critical Reflections of a Global Phenomenon. (2017, vol. 20, Issue 4, pp.58-70)

Book Reviews


Hans Vorländer- Maik Herold- Steven Schäller (eds), PEGIDA and New Right-Wing Populism, Basingstoke: Palgrave.