European Political Sociology

Section of the European Sociological Association
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The board of the political sociology network was elected at the general conference of the European Sociological Association in September 2009. In August 2011 the board was renewed. Carlo Ruzza stepped down, and Hans-Joerg Trenz and Virginie Guiraudon were elected as the new board co-chairs. The board was expanded to include Maarten Vink. In 2013, an extended board was elected (until 2015), to include various new members. Hans-Joerg Trenz was confirmed as co-chair and Virginie Van Ingelgom elected as the new co-chair.
Virginie Guiraudon (Convenor) University of Lille
Interests: European integration, immigration and multicultural politics, transnational collective action, citizenship, comparative approaches
Carlo Ruzza  University of Leicester UK
Interests: Public Interest Associations at EU level; Populism and the Right; Social movements and political representation; Active citizenship; Political ideologies.

(Social and Political Studies Department, University of Milan )
Interests: Elections and Voting, Political Participation, Public Opinion, Media and Democracy, Research Methods, Comparative Politics 


Dietmar Loch (Sociology Dept, University of Grenoble)
Interests: populism and radical right-wing parties, immigration and ethnic relations, urban segregation and integration, sociological theory, comparative approaches

Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen, Centre for Modern European Studies)
Interests: political communication, media, public sphere, civil society, collective identity, political theory, democracy
Collaborative Research Projects: Reconstituting Democracy in Europe

Maarten Peter Vink
Department of Political Science
Maastricht University
The Netherlands
Interests: European integration, immigration, citizenship and comparative methodology.

(Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki)
(Student representative)
Interests: radical right populist parties and leadership; immigration and ethnic relations; political communication; discourse and conceptual metaphors; identity and gender issues; critical studies on men and masculinities; citizenship and queer issues; comparative approaches.

Department of Sociology
University Milan-Bicocca

Interests: Europe/Europes - European integrations in polycentric perspective; new wars and contemporary conflicts, crimes of war and genocide studies; democratic transition of post-totalitarian regimes and new forms of totalitarianism; higher education structural and institutional transformation.



David Paternotte
Institut de Sociologie 
Université libre de Bruxelles
Interests: gender, sexuality

Fabio de Nardis
Associate professor of Political Sociology
Department of History, Society and Human Studies
University of Salento (South Italy)

Editor of  The Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies “Partecipazione e conflitto” (Participation and conflict)

Interests: Comparative Sociology, Democratization, Globalization, International Politics, Italian Political System, Social Movements, Political Cultures, Political Parties, Political Violence, Social and Political Theory.


 Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE)
Université catholique de Louvain 
Interests: citizenship, sociology of European integration, legitimacy, elections.


Alison E. Woodward
Vrije Universiteit, Bruxelles)

Interests: comparative European Union public policy and organization, especially in the areas of civil society transnational mobilization, gender, migration, and equality.


Riikka Perälä
University of Helsinki

Interests: vulnerable groups, part of the political sociology group at HY/HU; theoretical approaches.


Paul Blokker
University of Trento
Department of Sociology and Social Research
Principal Investigator
CoPolis project

Interests: constitutionalism(-s), constitutional discourses, constitutional design and politics, participation and civic engagement, dissent and critique, Central and Eastern European, political sociology of European integration, political, social and legal theory.