The PI


Sofia Vasilopoulou

Sofia Vasilopoulou  Principal Investigator

Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. She holds a PhD in Politics from the London School of Economics.

Her work examines the theme of political dissatisfaction with democracy and democratic institutions across Europe. Her research interests include European Union Politics, Comparative European Politics, Political Behaviour, Party Politics, Euroscepticism, far right and far left politics. The findings of her research feed into debates about democratic legitimacy, accountability and representation in Europe and the European Union.

Her work appears in the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Government and Opposition, Nations and Nationalism, South European Society and Politics, among others. She has authored Far Right Parties and Euroscepticism: Patterns of Opposition (ECPR Press and Rowman & Littlefield) and co-authored The Golden Dawn’s Nationalist Solution: Explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (Palgrave Macmillan 2015 with Daphne Halikiopoulou), also published in Greek by Epikdro. For a complete list of her publications, click here.

She is the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research and the convenor of the ECPR Standing group on Political Parties.

Team Member

Liisa Talving

Dr Liisa Talving, Associate Lecturer in Politics at the University of York.

Liisa holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Tartu, Estonia. Her research interests are determinants of citizens’ political behavior and political attitudes, cross-country comparative research with a regional focus on Europe, and quantitative research methods. Her existing work focuses on EU attitudes and economic voting. For more information, click here.