Daniele Albertazzi is Professor of Politics in the Politics Department of the University of Surrey. Before moving here in September 2021, he was Reader in Politics at the University of Birmingham.
Daniele has been the principal investigator of several research projects focusing on right wing populism, Italian politics, political communication and party organisation. These have been funded by major British research organisations, such as the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The British Academy. At present, Daniele is leading “The survival of the mass party: Evaluating activism and participation among populist radical right parties (PRRPs) in Europe”. This is a large comparative project funded by the ESRC (Ref: ES/R011540/1) which pioneers the systematic comparative study of European populism thanks to unprecedented access to four populist radical right parties in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Finland.
Daniele has published widely on European politics in international journals such as West European Politics, Party Politics and Government & Opposition, and on Italian politics in Contemporary Italian Politics, Modern Italy and the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of several volumes, special issues of journals and monographs.
Daniele is regularly called upon as a key-note speaker, external supervisor, and media pundit on areas such as populism and democracy, the European radical right and contemporary Italian politics.
He has convened or co-convened the Italian Politics Specialist group of the Political Studies Association between 2008 and 2018.
The major strands of Daniele’s research have been about populism in Western Europe, party organisation, Italian politics, Swiss politics, and the communication strategies and mass media use of political parties.
Daniele is an experienced programme leader and teacher, having devised, set up and led two interdisciplinary programmes in the past. Throughout the years, he has taught comparative and party politics, contemporary history, political communication and media studies.
During his first year at Surrey, Daniele will contribute sessions to a variety of modules at all levels of the curriculum, focusing on Europe-related matters, populism, the crisis of democracy and political ideologies.