Part 1: Parallel session 1

How can research help safeguard democracy?

Parallel session 1: 14:15 – 16:45

Room: Lisbon


Session programme

Session programme

Chair: Stefan Geiss, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU

Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes, Professor and Pro-Rector for Innovation, NTNU
Opening remarks: How can research help safeguard democracy? (pdf)

Georgios Papanagnou, Dr. and Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
How can research and innovation in the social sciences respond to the challenges threatening inclusive and secure societies? (pdf)

Toril Aalberg, Professor and Head of Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU
Populist political communication in Europe: Research insights and advice to politicians, media and citizens (pdf)

Stefaan Walgrave, Professor of Political Science, University of Antwerp
Unequal representation (pdf)

Gijs Schumacher, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam
Hot Politics: The Role of Emotions in Politics and its Implications (pdf)

Panel discussion:
Perspectives from research, politics, media and citizens

Moderator: Pieter de Wilde, Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies, NTNU


Stephen Boucher, Managing Director, Fondation EURACTIV

Bjørn K. Myskja, Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Humanities, NTNU

Georgios Papanagnou, Dr. and Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, social activist and member of the National Executive of Partia Razem

Closing remarks
Toril Aalberg, Professor and Head of Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU

16:45 Refreshments and transfer to plenary (Ballroom)

About our Keynotes and Contributors

Conference Programme

Photos from the Conference (Flickr)

About the session

About the session

European social scientists provide key insight into how elections, values and political communication can improve, but also challenge European societies.

Conflict-loaded political communication, both during and outside election campaigns, in an increasing multitude of channels, has spurred discussions of disinformation campaigns, «alternative facts» and the rise of anti-democratic values. These discussions will influence the conditions for the new generation of research.

In this session, we will focus on how we can steer research agendas and design toward a more interactive, systematic, and comparative approach to understand and solve current and future problems related to issues such as populist political communication and problems of disconnection between elites and citizens.