Dr Christos Vrakopoulos
- Position: Teaching Fellow in Political Science
- Areas of expertise: far-right parties; party politics; voting behaviour; comparative politics; party competition; political behaviour; political sociology; climate change; climate change policies
- Email: C.Vrakopoulos@leeds.ac.uk
- Website: Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
I joined the University of Leeds as a Teaching Fellow in Political Science in POLIS in September 2021. Prior to this, I worked as Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Bath, and as a Teaching Fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Reading.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science, and more specifically on the electoral support for extreme-right parties in Europe, from the University of Reading in 2019.
My research primarily focuses on the electoral support for extreme-right parties in Europe, as well as topics related to voting behaviour, party competition, the effect of actual, and attitudes towards, quality of government affect voting and political behaviour, and environmental politics.
More specifically, I am currently working on research projects which aim to explain variation in the electoral support of extreme-right parties across European countries. A single-authored article which explains cross-national variation in the electoral support for extreme-right parties in Europe is forthcoming at European Political Science Review.
I am also working on projects related to attitudes towards concrete policies on climate change. I have recently published an article in Environmental Politics, with Christoph Arndt and Daphne Halikiopoulou, in which we show what drives attitudes towards specific climate change policies and who is willing to pay more to protect the environment. Lastly, I am currently exploring the effect of urban vs rural divide on political and social trust.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD in Political Science
- MSc in Political Research
- BA in Politics and Economics
I currently teach on quantitative research methods, and comparative politics.