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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, regression modelling, 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).
  • 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, including 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; and the history and epistemology of the development of SA in the social sciences. Personal applications: academic careers in France, Germany and the UK; gendered careers in Swiss trade unions; biographical consequences of activism among 1970s French feminists; and employment vulnerability among tertiary graduates in Singapore.
  • Other methods for multivariate data analysis, including using correspondence analysis to map discourses of diaspora leaders.

Reviewing

Journals: American Sociological Review; Ethnographiques; European Political Science Review; Federal Governance; International Journal of Social Research Methodology; Journal of Peace Research; Mobilization; Political Science Research and Methods; Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée; Social Forces; Socio-Economic Review.

Other: European Research Council; Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong; Sage Research Methods book series; SESAME Ile-de-France; Springer edited book; Springer Major Reference Work Series; International Fellowships of the Warwick Institute for Advanced Studies

Supervisory interests

Prospective graduate students can contact me if they have projects combining green politics, political communication, media and politics, or political sociology (or, better, a combination of two or more of the above), with an innovative or challenging methodological design (such as articulating classical media and social media data, or multi-method designs).

I am currently (co-)supervising or have supervised three PhD research, about: the political attitudes and engagement of the Chinese middle class; online political communication and democracy in South Korea; and resistance to Western media hegemony in Chinese and Russian international broadcasting.