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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Francesco Bertoldi

Francesco Bertoldi
Francesco Bertoldi
Edinburgh Scotland
Research Interests
Territorial politics, Nationalism and Devolution, Elections, Ethnic conflict, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Power-sharing agreements, Electoral Systems in Divided Societies, Identity Politics, Social Identity Theory, Discourse Analysis, Ethnicity and Identity


Dr Wilfried Swenden, University of Edinburgh
Professor Ailsa Henderson, University of Edinburgh

PhD Project Summary

Threatened Communities and Ethnic Guardians. Radical Voting and Political Campaigning in Northern Ireland


Since 2016 - ESRC +2 Studentship - Politics and International Relations  

2013 - "Celso Ghini" National Award for the best thesis on electoral issues in the academic year 2011/2012. Award granted by the Italian Society for Electoral Studies (SISE).


Bertoldi F. (2016) Change beneath the surface: the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election, Regional and Federal Studies,  26:4, 569-584

Conference presentations

2017 - Segregated Narratives: Communal Separation and Political Campaigning in Northern Ireland, Presentation at the PSA 67th Annual International Conference "Politics in Interesting Times", University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Teaching & Research Experience

2016 - Visiting Research Associate at Queen's University Belfast, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

2016 - Postgraduate Assistant to the PIR Postgraduate Advisor

2016 - Teaching Assistant, Scotland and Wales Vote 2016: Understanding the Devolved Elections (MOOC), University of Edinburgh

2015 - Research Assistant, Elitist Scotland, UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission & David Hume Institute, Edinburgh. The study looked at the educational background of people holding positions of power and influence in Scotland.

2015 - Teaching Assistant, Understanding the UK's 2015 General Election (MOOC), University of Edinburgh


A.Y. 2010/2012 MA (Distinction), Political Science - University of Florence, Italy
A.Y. 2005/2008 BA (Distinction), Communication and Journalism - University of Trieste, Italy

Relevant Work Experience

  • May 2016 - Present: Policy Officer in the Scottish Government's European Relations Team.
  • May 2014 to Dec 2015: Elections and Events Officer at the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh, serving Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Memberships and Other Activities

Member of the Territorial Politics Research Group, University of Edinburgh
Member of European Consortium for Political Research
Member of the Conflict Research Society
Member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland