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Daphne Halikiopoulou

Daphne Halikiopoulou
  • Module Convenor of PO2CGP and PO3FAR
  • Politics and International Relations UoA REF Lead
  • Politics and International Relations Impact Lead

Areas of interest

Comparative European politics, voting behaviour and party politics, nationalism and extremism, far right parties, far left parties, comparative methods.

Impact and Outreach

Daphne frequently appears in the media. She has been interviewed by the BBC World Service, Channel 4 News, France24, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, and the New York Times among others.  Daphne has written numerous blog posts and opinion pieces for LSE EUROPP, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Conversation, Open Democracy, the Financial Times, El Pais, Social Europe, the Washington Post and the Independent.

Postgraduate supervision

Daphne is interested in supervising students in the following topic areas:

  • the rise of far-right parties
  • Brexit
  • voting patterns in Europe
  • nationalism and political mobilisation
  • extremism.

Research projects

2021/2022: Understanding right-wing populism and what to do about it- in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and Tim Vlandas (University of Oxford).  How can we understand the rise of right-wing populism and what can we do about it? This report examines the electoral success of right-wing populist parties (RWPPs) in 17 European countries and makes recommendations for how progressives should respond. Specifically, we study the three Ps:

People: Why do individual people vote for RWPPs?

Policy: What is the role of policy?

Parties: What makes certain RWPPs more successful than others?

The structure of the Three Ps provides a framework to address crucial questions many progressive decision-makers, strategists and citizens have:

Is it cultural or economic concerns that drive support for RWPPs?

Can economic & social policies prevent the success of RWPPs?

Can populism alone explain the success of RWPPs?

What should progressives do to address voters of RWPPs?

The report will provide comprehensive answers to those and many more questions and include hands-on visualizations, policy recommendations as well as an in-depth insight into country-specific and regional peculiarities and distinctions. It will be published in early 2022. 

2019: Daphne is part of the PopuList team. The PopuList is a peer-reviewed list of populist, far right, far left and Eurosceptic parties that obtained at least 2% of the vote in at least one national parliamentary election since 1998. The PopuList is supported by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, The Guardian, and the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy (Citation: Rooduijn, M., Van Kessel, S., Froio, C., Pirro, A., De Lange, S., Halikiopoulou, D., Lewis, P., Mudde, C. & Taggart, P. (2019). The PopuList: An Overview of Populist, Far Right, Far Left and Eurosceptic Parties in Europe).

2019: University of Reading Research Fellowship: the aim of this project is to examine far right populism on a global scale. Specifically, it aims at identifying different patterns of nationalist narratives and how they appeal to different social groups in different countries. It does so by comparing far right populist parties with varied success in Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Brazil.

2015: Hellenic Observatory/ National Bank of Greece funded project entitled: 'Radicalising the Mainstream? The Rise of the Golden Dawn and its Impact on Greek Party Politics' (with Kyriaki Nanou, University of Nottingham, and Sofia Vasilopoulou, University of York). The project, which is part of the broader Comparative Agendas Project (CAP), examines the extreme right Golden Dawn and its impact on the dynamics of party competition in Greece.


Daphne is a professor of comparative politics and has written extensively on nationalism and the cultural and economic determinants of far-right party support.

She is the author of The Golden Dawn's 'Nationalist Solution': explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (with Sofia Vasilopoulou) and numerous articles on European far-right parties.

Her research appears in the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Government and Opposition, European Political Science Review, and Nations and Nationalism among others.

In 2016, Daphne was the recipient of an American Political Science Association (APSA) European Politics and Society Section Best Paper Award for my co-authored article 'Risks, Costs and Labour Markets: Explaining Cross-National Patterns of Far-Right Party Success in European Parliament Elections' (with Tim Vlandas).

She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nations and Nationalism (with John Breuilly, John Hutchinson and Eric Kaufmann) and co-editor (with Daniel Stockemer) of the Springer book series in Electoral Politics.


Academic qualifications

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow (2013)
  • PhD European Studies, London School of Economics (2007)
  • MSc Comparative Politics, London School of Economics (2001)
  • BA Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University (2000)

Awards and honours

2020: Daphne is working with Daniel Stockemer (University of Ottawa) on a survey funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Canada office). The survey, which will be fielded in the US, Canada and Germany, examines – and seeks to disentangle – the cultural, economic and security-related dimensions of anti-immigration attitudes.

2016: American Political Science Association (APSA) European Politics and Society Section Best Paper Award for 'Risks, Costs and Labour Markets: Explaining cross-national patterns of far right party success in European Parliament Elections' (with Tim Vlandas).

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Vice President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
  • Joint Editor-in-Chief of Nations and Nationalism (Wiley)
  • Visiting Fellow, Sciences Po CEVIPOF (2015)

Selected publications

Blog posts and newspaper articles: