- Dr Pontus Odmalm
- Senior Lecturer in Politics
- 3.20 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 3926
- Pontus.Odmalm (at) ed.ac.uk
- Research Interests
- Comparative European Politics, Politics of immigration, Citizenship, Political parties
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Compressed Week (Tuesday - Friday); UG and PG Supervision (Wednesdays 10-11 am): Guidance and Feedback Hour (Thursdays 1 – 3 pm).
Pontus Odmalm is Senior Lecturer in Politics.
Edinburgh Research Explorer listing can be accessed here.
- MA (Lund University, Sweden) (1999)
- D.Phil (University of Sussex) (2004)
His research focuses on the social and political impact of migration using a comparative European perspective. Particular research interests include citizenship (national and European), political mobilisation and party competition.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
Articles and Chapters
- ‘EU Politics, Populism and Democracy’ (2019) in (ed.) Hughes, K. The Future of Europe: Disruption, Continuity and Change (Scottish Centre on European Relations) (strategy report).
- 'Coding and Using Party Manifestos: Pros, Cons, and Pitfalls', (2019) SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2.
- ‘The Party Politics of Migration and Mobility’ (2018) in Weinar, A., Bonjour, S. and Zhyznomirska, L. (eds.) Routledge Handbook on the Politics of Migration in Europe (Routledge).
- ‘Comparing and reconceptualising the (populist) radical right’, (2018) European Political Science (Online First) (w/ Jens Rydgren).
- 'The European Mainstream, the Populist Radical Right, and the (alleged) lack of a restrictive alternative' (2017) in Odmalm, P and Hepburn, E. (eds.) The European Mainstream and the Populist Radical Right (Routledge) (w/ Eve Hepburn).
- 'Immigration into the mainstream: conflicting ideological streams, strategic reasoning and party competition’, (2015) Acta Politica 50(4): 365-378 (special issue introduction w/ Tim Bale).
- 'Mainstream parties and immigration' in Hartley, C. (ed.), Western Europe 2015 (Routledge).
- 'Getting the balance right? Party competition on immigration and conflicting ideological ‘pulls'' (2014) Scandinavian Political Studies 37(3):301-322 (w/ Betsy Super).
- 'If the issue fits, stay put: cleavage stability, issue compatibility and drastic changes on the immigration ‘issue'' (2014) Comparative European Politics 12(6):663-679 (w/ Betsy Super).
- 'Party competition and positions on immigration: strategic advantages and spatial locations' (2012) Comparative European Politics 10(1):1-22.
- 'Political parties and 'the immigration issue': issue ownership in Swedish parliamentary elections 1991-2010' (2011) West European Politics 34(5):1070-1092.
- 'Turkish organisations in Europe: how national contexts provide different avenues for participation' (2009) Turkish Studies 10(2):149-165.
- ‘One size fits all? European citizenship, national citizenship policies and integration requirements’ (2007) Representation 43(1):19-34.
- The European Mainstream and the Populist Radical Right (2017) (co-edited w/ Eve Hepburn), Routledge. (referenced in the Economist, here and here. Reviewed in Political Studies Review).
- The Party Politics of the EU and Immigration (2014), Palgrave.
- Migration Policies and Political Participation: Inclusion or Intrusion in Western Europe? (2005), Palgrave.
Current Teaching and Research
Pontus is responsible for the following courses:
Sem 2: Europe and International Migration (UG)
Pontus has membership in the following PIR Research Groups: Migration and Citizenship and Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.
Topics interested in supervising
Comparative projects with a focus on the following areas: politics of immigration/integration; citizenship; and party competition.
If you are interested in being supervised by Pontus Odmalm, please see the links below for more information: