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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Francesco Bertoldi

Francesco Bertoldi
Francesco Bertoldi
Edinburgh Scotland
Research Interests
Territorial politics, Elections, Ethnic conflict, Northern 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

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


ESRC +2 Studentship - Politics and International Relations  (2016-2018)

"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

2018 -  Presentation at ASN European Conference, University of Graz, Austria

2018 - "Catch-us" if you Can. Electoral Ground Games in an Ethnically Segregated Arena, Presentation at the 28th ASEN Annual Conference, LSE, London

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

Teaching & Research Experience

2019 - Lecture on power-sharing in divided societies, SSPS, University of Edinburgh.

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

Relevant Work Experience

  • Feb 2018 - Present: Assistant Editor of Regional & Federal Studies
  • May 2016 - Present: Senior Policy Officer in the Scottish Government's Department for External Affairs.
  • 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 Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism