Dr Licia Cianetti

Personal profile

I joined RHUL's Department of Politics and International Relations in September 2016 as Teaching Fellow in Politics and I am now Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (since September 2018). I obtained a PhD at University College London in June 2015 and, before joining Royal Holloway, was Lecturer in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Research interests

I am interested in how democracy works in ethno-culturally divided societies. My book on this topic (The Quality of Divided Democracies. Minority Inclusion, Exclusion and Representation in the New Europe) will come out with University of Michigan Press in February 2019. My area specialism is in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly the Baltics, but I am interested in comparisons beyond the region.

I have recently started a new research project on "What happened to the multicultural city? Effects of nativism and austerity", funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. I'm looking at the effects of resurgent nativism and austerity-driven budget cuts over the ideas and policies of the “multicultural city”. To do this, I am comparing four European cities (Birmingham, Turin, Lisbon and Riga), using a multimethod approach that combines process-tracing, discourse analysis, and ethnography-inspired collaborations with local artists.



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