The Team

Filipe Carreira da Silva

Principal investigator

Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). He is also Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He received his MPhil degree from ICS-UL in 2002. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Cambridge (2003). He was awarded the Habilitation in Sociology in 2016 (ICS-UL). He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Chicago, Harvard, Yale and Jerusalem. He has published dozens of articles and several books on social and political theory, including the award-winning Mead and Modernity (Rowan and Littlefield, 2008). His current research interests revolve around sociological theory, urban political sociology, and citizenship studies.

Mónica Brito Vieira

University of York

Professor of Politics, University of York, United Kingdom. She received her MA (2001) and PhD (2005) degrees in the history of political thought from the University of Cambridge. Between 2005 and 2008 she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, where she now holds a permanent Visiting Fellowship. Before moving to York, in 2012, she served as a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). Her overlapping areas of interest are the history of political thought, contemporary political theory and intellectual history. In recent years, her research has focused on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and on the history and theory of political representation.

Catherine Moury

New University of Lisbon

Assistant Professor, New University of Lisbon. Born in Belgium, obtained the PhD in Italy (Siena University, 2005). Her research and publications focus on subjects as diverse as: the recent bail out in Portugal, Parliamentary Opposition, Institutional Change in the European Union and Coalition Governments. She is the author of  Coalition Government and Party Mandate: How coalition agreements constrain ministerial action (Routledge, 2012) and Changing rules of delegation: A contest of Power for comitology (with A. Héritier, C. Bisschoff e C-F. Bergström, Oxford University Press, 2012).

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Luca Manucci

Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon

Assistant Researcher, POPULUS project, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Zurich (2017). He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Santiago de Chile (Diego Portales University) and Budapest (Central European University). He has published in international journals and authored a book on populism and collective memory (Routledge, forthcoming). His current research interests include comparative politics, populism, political communication, and political parties. He has a blog on populism: populismobserver.com.

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David Larraz

Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon

David Veloso Larraz is a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and member of POPULUS project. Between 2015 and 2019 he has been a policy advisor of the Podemos party. He graduated in Sociology from the University of Granada and Anthropology from Complutense University of Madrid. He completed a master’s degree on Public Policy, Urban Management and Participatory Research Methods. His main research interests include democracy, populism and left-wing political parties, particularly within the Latin America and Southern Europe context. He is currently doing a PhD in comparative politics about why there is no populism in Portugal and Uruguay.

Pedro Mendonça

Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon

Pedro Mendonça, researcher and member of the POPULUS project. Is a PhD in Political Studies from the Instituto de Ciências Sociais, with the thesis “Democracy, Populism and Economic Globalization – An extension of the selectorate theory”. He was a visiting scholar at the Universities of Salamanca and Swansea. Current research interests are stratification and inferiority through the approaches of Cultural Political Economy and Critical Discourse Analysis.

Erik Fritzsch

Research intern

Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn

Erik Fritzsch is a graduate student at Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn in Germany and research-intern at ICS, University of Lisbon. He contributes to POPULUS project by writing his master thesis on potentiality (and resilience) of right-wing populist voting behaviours in relation to the Portuguese electorate. He holds a B.A. in Sociology with focus on Science & Technology Studies at Technical University of Berlin and currently finalizes his M.A. degree in ‘Societies, Globalization and Development’ at the University of Bonn. His research interests include cultural sociology, stratification theory and inequality studies with regard to political attitudes and behaviours.

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). He is also Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He received his MPhil degree from ICS-UL in 2002. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Cambridge (2003). He was awarded the Habilitation in Sociology in 2016 (ICS-UL). He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Chicago, Harvard, Yale and Jerusalem. He has published dozens of articles and several books on social and political theory, including the award-winning Mead and Modernity (Rowan and Littlefield, 2008). His current research interests revolve around sociological theory, urban political sociology, and citizenship studies.

Professor of Politics, University of York, United Kingdom. She received her MA (2001) and PhD (2005) degrees in the history of political thought from the University of Cambridge. Between 2005 and 2008 she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, where she now holds a permanent Visiting Fellowship. Before moving to York, in 2012, she served as a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). Her overlapping areas of interest are the history of political thought, contemporary political theory and intellectual history. In recent years, her research has focused on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and on the history and theory of political representation.

Assistant Professor, New University of Lisbon. Born in Belgium, obtained the PhD in Italy (Siena University, 2005). Her research and publications focus on subjects as diverse as: the recent bail out in Portugal, Parliamentary Opposition, Institutional Change in the European Union and Coalition Governments. She is the author of  Coalition Government and Party Mandate: How coalition agreements constrain ministerial action (Routledge, 2012) and Changing rules of delegation: A contest of Power for comitology (with A. Héritier, C. Bisschoff e C-F. Bergström, Oxford University Press, 2012).

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Assistant Researcher, POPULUS project, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Zurich (2017). He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Santiago de Chile (Diego Portales University) and Budapest (Central European University). He has published in international journals and authored a book on populism and collective memory (Routledge, forthcoming). His current research interests include comparative politics, populism, political communication, and political parties. He has a blog on populism: populismobserver.com.

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David Veloso Larraz is a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and member of POPULUS project. Between 2015 and 2019 he has been a policy advisor of the Podemos party. He graduated in Sociology from the University of Granada and Anthropology from Complutense University of Madrid. He completed a master’s degree on Public Policy, Urban Management and Participatory Research Methods. His main research interests include democracy, populism and left-wing political parties, particularly within the Latin America and Southern Europe context. He is currently doing a PhD in comparative politics about why there is no populism in Portugal and Uruguay.

Pedro Mendonça, researcher and member of the POPULUS project. Is a PhD in Political Studies from the Instituto de Ciências Sociais, with the thesis “Democracy, Populism and Economic Globalization – An extension of the selectorate theory”. He was a visiting scholar at the Universities of Salamanca and Swansea. Current research interests are stratification and inferiority through the approaches of Cultural Political Economy and Critical Discourse Analysis.

Erik Fritzsch is a graduate student at Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn in Germany and research-intern at ICS, University of Lisbon. He contributes to POPULUS project by writing his master thesis on potentiality (and resilience) of right-wing populist voting behaviours in relation to the Portuguese electorate. He holds a B.A. in Sociology with focus on Science & Technology Studies at Technical University of Berlin and currently finalizes his M.A. degree in ‘Societies, Globalization and Development’ at the University of Bonn. His research interests include cultural sociology, stratification theory and inequality studies with regard to political attitudes and behaviours.