9am - 4:45pm GMT

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Summer School: Populism, Gender and Political Identities

Our summer school features contributions from members of our Centre and high profile speakers, including Prof Gianfranco Baldini (University of Bologna, CBE research associate) and Prof Paolo Graziano (University of Padua). The Summer school is free to attend. We are particularly keen to welcome undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD researchers, from our Surrey community and other universities. 


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You must book a place to attend the Summer School. 

Travel grants are also available. To apply for one, please read the information below: 

Travel grants

 Award criteria

The travel grants (up to a maximum of £100 each) are intended to support attendance at the Summer School for self-funded students in doctoral training (PhD students) currently based in the UK and whose research interests are directly related to the content of the Summer School. Successful applicants will be notified by email.


Please forward an updated academic CV and a brief note from your supervisor, confirming your self-funded status, at the following email address: politics@surrey.ac.uk


  • Prof Gianfranco Baldini
  • Prof Paolo Graziano
  • Donatella Bonansinga

09.00:  Welcome (Alia Middleton, CBE Co-Director)

09.15-10.15: Gianfranco Baldini (Bologna). Opening presentation. “Female populist leadership: the Case of Giorgia Meloni”. 

10.45-11.45: Roundtable: Populism, Gender and Political Identities. Chair: Amelia Hadfield (Head of Politics). Panellists: Gianfranco Baldini (Bologna), Paolo Graziano (CBE), Roula Nezi (CBE)

11.45-12.45: Paolo Graziano. Second presentation. “Crisis, Leadership and (Neo)populism” 

13.00-14.00: Break

14.00-15.00: Simona Guerra (CBE). Third presentation. “Highly-educated and diligently cohesive? An analysis of Italian women MPs in the current legislature” 

15.00-15.30: Break

15.30-16.30: Daniele Albertazzi and Donatella Bonansinga. Fourth presentation + Q and A. “Happy-Go-Lucky or Dancing with Wolves? Marine Le Pen on TikTok”

Q & A.

16.30: Amelia Hadfield (Head of Politics). Closing remarks.

4.45+ Drinks