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Research

Research interests

  • Green politics, including related ideology, sociology, public controversies, public policies, parties and elections.
  • Political communication, including agendas, story-telling, framing, media effects, and media sociology.
  • Political sociology, especially political careers, socialisation, elections, parties and trade unions.
  • Methods for the social and political sciences, especially multivariate statistics (correspondence analysis, clustering, factorial analysis, visualisation), longitudinal methods (esp. sequence analysis), interviewing, survey design, and content analysis.
  • Methodology, sociology and epistemology of the social and political sciences, in particular through the empirical analysis of scientific texts.

Current projects

  • European transnational economic elites. This project intends to combine sequence and network analyses, using web- and archive-collected data on members of board of main transnational companies in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In collaboration with François-X. Dudouet (University Paris 9, France), A. Vion (Mediterranean University, France) and E. Grémont (OpesC, France).
  • Comprehensively mapping political science methods. A Survey was passed in 2013 among the instructors of the ECPR Methods School, asking them how they conceive of their specialty in methodological, technical and epistemological respects. We plan to enlarge the survey to any political scientist teaching a given method or making skilled use of it in research. In collaboration with Benoît Rihoux and Priscilla Alamos-Concha (University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
  • Sequence analysis for the social and political sciences. Series of talks, courses, book, book chapters and articles to promote sequence analysis (SA), which is more and more of standard use in sociology and other social sciences, in political science. Personal specific developments are the following: the descriptive purpose of SA, which can be independent and complementary with causal purposes; the multi-channel version of SA, for example combining professional and political trajectories within the same analysis; the history and epistemology of the development of SA in the social sciences; applications to gendered careers in Swiss trade unions, biographical consequences of activism among 1970s French feminists, and unemployment-vulnerable trajectories among tertiary graduates in Singapore.

Supervisory interests

Prospective graduate students can contact me if they have projects combining green politics, political communication, media and politics, or political sociology, with an innovative or challenging methodological design.

I am currently (co-)supervising four PhD research about: the political attitudes and engagement of the Chinese middle class; online policy communication in South Korea; resistance to Western media hegemony in Chinese and Russian international broadcasting; and preference switches in Indonesian electoral campaigns under the influence of social media.