Dr Mette Wiggen

Dr Mette Wiggen


I am a lecturer in Teaching and Scholarship.  I  teach and research on the extreme right, with special emphasis on Scandinavia and welfare chauvinism. I also teach introduction to politics on the social science foundation year.

My background is in practical politics and campaigning. I volunteer with the refugee sector in Leeds - which links with my academic research interests and I work with the Educational Engagement Team at the university as an Outreach Officer for the Social Science Cluster.  I arrange events and recruit students from a widening participation background with the Social Science Cluster.

Research interests

My research interests are the new racism; extreme right wing parties and their impact on main stream politics and public opinion in relation to immigration and welfare. I am especially interested in the reasons why the ‘left’ in European government coalitions have failed to promote alternatives to a neo-liberal economic and social policy agenda and where concern about the influence in Europe ‘other cultures’ are an important aspect.  It concerns me why there seems to be a consensus around increasingly restrictive immigration policies, means testing and different grades of citizenship relating to immigration status, and yet  another round of  discussions about women’s clothing. I am interested in  how neo-liberalism affects welfare and development in terms of increased levels of poverty and restrictions of movement.    My main point of reference is political development in Scandinavia; previously seen as exceptional in terms of welfare and tolerance, but where neo-liberalism and the far right has taken a strong foothold. This is particularly interesting in Norway, the richest country in Europe where a new right wing government coalition could dramatically change the status quo.  

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Student education

I teach a module on the politics of the extreme right, I co-convene the dissertation module and teach an introductory module to politics on the Social Science Foundation Programme. The foundation module can be seen as a 'taster' of different programmes and modules POLIS offers. I also convene skills workshops for MA students and I work with the Educational Engagement Team on recruitment and outreach to students from lower socio economic backgrounds.