This group exists to promote the study of populist discourses, movements and parties at a local, national, European and international level. It aims at encouraging a rigorous theoretical and conceptual grounding of populism research as well as the strengthening of its analytical scope through comparative, quantitative and qualitative methods.

The Populism Specialist Group purports to facilitate a critical dialogue about contemporary democratic politics, and populism’s complex role within that. It particularly invites the participation and contribution of international scholars from countries and regions where populism has marked political culture shaping political frontiers and stimulating antithetical discursive articulations.

The group’s Co-Convenors are Emmy Eklundh (Cardiff University), Giorgos Katsambekis (University of Loughborough), and Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia). Our Treasurer is Andy Knott (University of Brighton). We also have two Social Media and Communications Officers, Giorgos Venizelos (Scuala Normale Superiore) and Alen Toplišek (King's College London). Please get in touch if you would like further information or have any suggestions for the group.


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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Marina Prentoulis

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: University of East Anglia


Emmy Eklundh

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: Cardiff University


Giorgos Katsambekis

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: Loughborough University


Andy Knott

Role: Treasurer
Institution: University of Brighton


Giorgos Venizelos

Role: Social Media and Communications Officer
Institution: Scuola Normale Superiore


Alen Toplišek

Role: Social Media and Communications Officer
Institution: King's College London

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28 September 2020