Maple Spring School 2022

Overall objectives

The objective of this School is to showcase recent themes, methods and techniques which are currently employed to study European politics. It approaches the topic of how Europe, the politicisation of Europe, and the recent Crises have an impact on domestic politics, namely voters, parties, institutions and the media. This School has three main goals: firstly, we aim to present a state of the art on the major themes of research within European politics, which serve as a contextualisation to present the work developed within both MAPLE and RESTEP. Secondly, we wish to share the know-how of different methods and techniques best adapted to study these topics. In this School, experimental methods, mass attitudes survey analysis, qualitative content analysis, as well as research with focus groups will be explained and presented in the context of recent research about European politics. Thirdly, we hope to help students theoretically place their own subject of research, to discuss their own methods of research and techniques of analysing data. All students who participate in the course will be encouraged to present their own work and receive feedback on it from the lecturers involved in the Course. Such feedback will be important to improve the theoretical contextualisation, their methods and techniques employed for their own purposes.


You can download the full program here: Portuguese / English

Day 1 - Morning

Studying Political Europe, Current Themes on Politicisation of Europe


Marina Costa Lobo (ICS-UL)

Day 1 - Afternoon

Studying the Politicisation of Europe in the Media, Internet Research, Big Data, Qualitative Analysis


Tiago Silva, Susana Nina, Yani Kartalis (ICS-UL)

Day 2

Experimental Research and Mass Attitudes in European Politics


Roberto Pannico and Lea Heyne (ICS-UL)

Day 3

Austerity in Bailout Europe


Catherine Moury (FCSH - UNL)

Day 4

Qualitative Content Analysis and Studying the Origins of Populism in European Politics


Luca Manucci (ICS-UL)

Day 5

Round-table on Challenges to European Politics


To apply please send your cv with a brief motivation letter to