Marina Costa Lobo

principal investigator
Marina Costa Lobo (PhD in Politics, Oxford University) is Principal Investigator at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa), and a member of the Board of IPP – Instituto Políticas Públicas.
Her research interests include the role of leaders in electoral behaviour, political parties and institutions.

Susana Rogeiro Nina

doctoral researcher
Susana is a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics at ICS-ULisboa. She holds a Master of Research in Political Science from ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, and completed her BA in Political Science at the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã. 
​Her research interests include political behaviour, media effects, public opinion and applications of experimental methods in political science.

Roberto Pannico

post-doctoral researcher
Roberto holds a PhD in Political Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. ​
His research interests include Euroscepticism, party cues, information processing, experiments and research methods.

Efstratios-Ioannis Kartalis

doctoral researcher
Yani is a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics at ICS-ULisboa. He earned his MRes in Political Science at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
His research interests lie in the fields of political parties, political sociology and psychology, and automated data collection approaches for the social sciences.

Tiago Silva

post-doctoral researcher

Tiago holds a PhD in political and social sciences from the European University Institute. In the past years, he has been involved in several projects analysing European elections, particularly the news media coverage and the political parties’ campaigns.

His main research interests are political communication, online campaigning and European integration. 

Nelson Santos

doctoral researcher

Nelson is a PhD student in Comparative Politics at ICS-Ulisboa. He holds a Master in Economics and Public Policies from ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, and completed his BA in Political Science at the Nova University, Lisbon. His research interests include European integration and politics, political parties and media effects.


Lea Heyne

post-doctoral researcher

Lea holds a PhD in Democracy Studies from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her research interests include European politics, political attitudes and behaviour, public opinion, and democratic quality.



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Ian McManus

Ian holds a PhD in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston.
​His primary research is on comparative politics and international political economy. ​His work explores political polarisation in Europe in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and the effects of increased politicisation on social and economic policies.

Ian was Post-doctoral researcher for MAPLE between February and August 2017. 

Johannes Karremans

Johannes (Jan) Karremans holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI).
During his doctoral studies, he specialised in the comparative content analysis of party discourse, focusing in particular on how party/governments justify their policies to their voters.

Jan was MAPLE Post-doctoral research fellow between June 2017 and March 2018 

Virginia Ros

Virginia holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester.
She has worked in several European projects looking at the politicization of immigration in the European Union and the political participation of migrants in several European cities.
Her interests include Public Opinion in Europe, Migration and Survey Methodology. 

Pellegrino Cammino

Rino is PhD candidate in Comparative and European Politics at CIRCaP – University of Siena. ​
He has a Master’s degree in International Studies and an experience in the management of EU projects, with a focus on science communication and RRI.​

Rino was project manager for MAPLE between March and November 2017; he is currently Research and Development officer at ICS-ULisboa.



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