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  The role of far-right narratives in mobilising support for violent political action

   School of Social Sciences

   Sunday, June 30, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The project aims to examine how different types of narratives might energise the supporters of the far-right movement and drive them to engage in political violence. As such, in a first stage, the project will focus on analysing the language produced by far-right groups and their supporters online with the aim of building an evidence-driven typology of the far-right narratives. In a second stage, the project will use the typology developed in the first stage to test the relationships between type of narratives and different forms of behaviours of group members, sympathisers and allies, including support for political violence. Overall, the project will identify some of the strategies used by far-right groups to mobilise support for their causes and built an evidence-driven platform for predicting such support and its materialisation as political violence against minorities and other target groups.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc ()

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Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Bliuc, formal applications can be made via our direct application system.

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Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-       Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-       Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Communication & Media Studies (7) Politics & Government (30) Psychology (31) Sociology (32)

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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