Political sociology

My research at IAS deals with the emergence and spread of anti-immigration politics in Sweden.

In particular, I am interested in the link between increasing diversity and the emergence of anti-immigration politics. For this I analyse information about electoral candidates running for political offices in municipal assemblies, county councils, Riksdag and European Parliament between 1990 and 2014. I also collaborate with colleagues in IAS on three projects which are related to measuring and visualizing residential segregation in Sweden, attitudes to immigrants and discrimination in the labor market.

My main focus is in the area of political sociology and factors associated with mobilization for extremist politics and the link between contextual factors (i.e. whether people who get involved with extremist politics have a first-hand experience of diversity) and attitudes. I am also interested in data visualization, spatial analysis and mapping.

Previous work

In my doctoral thesis I used British National Party membership list (which became public after it was published by a former members of the party) and mapped BNP members to small neighborhoods in Britain. I found that the incidence of membership among white British was particularly high in areas which were relative white but located in direct proximity of large, diverse cities. A similar effect had been later reported in Sweden by Rydgren and Ruth who called it the “halo effect”. 

In another project together with Michael Biggs (Oxford University) I use police arrest records from the London riot of 2011.  The results challenge the orthodoxy that rioting is not explained by deprivation or social disorganization, additionally there is also evidence which highlights the importance of relations with the police. 
In a research collaboration with Anna Gromada (Polish Academy of Sciences) I seek to explain a gender gap at visual art academies in Poland, where women constitute 77% of students but only 22% of professors. The survey conducted for the purpose of this project allows analyzing students’ aspirations and experiences.


  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2+2 studentship
  •  Marie Curie fellowship awarded by Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare (FORTE). “Demographic change and reactions to diversity”

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