Scholar interviews


NORFACE Governance presenting Interview Series

In this video series we feature PIs of our 14 NORFACE Governance research projects. PIs will present their current work and answer on some important questions regarding their areas of research.

POPBACK Interview

NORFACE Governance started video series with POPBACK principal investigator prof. dr. Gerhard Schnyder. We talked about political populism as a mainstream phenomenon, the distinction between neoliberalism, illiberalism, and non-liberalism, and how populism and different types of liberalism correlate with the real economic problems people face in Europe.



Our second video features EUINACTION’s Prof. Dr. Nikoleta Yordanova, Prof. Dr. Zachary Greene, and Fabian David Schmidt. In their interview, they speak about the politicization of the EU, the problem of transferring national competencies at the EU level, and innovative tools for automated analysis of multilingual political and legal texts.


ExId Interview

Our third video features ExId’s Prof. Dr. Stephane Baele. In the interview, he speaks about the far-right online ecosystem, the use of language and visuals by far-right extremists, and the evolving politics of threat.



Our fourth video features THREATPIE’s Prof. Dr. Agnieszka Stępińska. In the interview, she speaks about the concept of ‘the political information environment (PIE), innovatively designed studies, and ‘media diet.”



ReConnect Interview

Our fifth video features ReConnect’s (Reconnecting citizens to the administrative state?) PI Prof. Dr. Martin Lodge. In the interview, he speaks about the relevance of the administrative state for democratic governance, the primary sources of citizen disconnection with the public state administration, and some promising ways to reconnect citizens with institutions of the administrative state.


QUEST Interview

Our sixth video features QUEST’s PI, Dr. Ajmal Hussain. In the interview, he speaks about understanding the problem of politics of threat, how it affects Muslims, the ethnographic data collection, and what it means to ‘be Muslim’ in the context of a polarized Europe.


TECHNO Interview

Our seventh video features TECHNO’s PI, Prof. Dr. Henning Finseraas. In the interview, he speaks about the contribution of technological change to ongoing political transformations, how government officials and policymakers try to control the influence of technological change in society, and the effect of policies aimed at addressing technological change on economic inequality.


DEEPEN Interview

Our eighth video features DEEPEN’s PI, Prof. Dr. Karen Anderson. In the interview, she speaks about the relevance of capital-funded pension schemes for democracies, the impact of volatility on it, and how inequalities in capital-funded pension schemes are reflected in different European countries.


UNDPOLAR Interview

Our ninth video features UNDPOLAR’s PI, Dr. Toon Kuppens. In the interview, he speaks about the project’s contribution to understanding interconnected societal challenges and their impact on democratic governance and the evolving authority of institutions amid growing populist support, as well as the recommendations to policymakers and institutions grappling with the evolving landscape of democratic governance and legitimacy.

CrimScapes Interview

Our tenth video features CrimScape’s PI, Prof. Dr. Beate Binder. In the interview, she speaks about the primary focus areas within the project, an example illustrating the complex issues CrimScapes explores and the project’s contribution to understanding how threats shape individual and societal behavior.

SepaRope Interview

Our eleventh video features SepaRope’s PI, Prof. Dr. Christina Eckes. In the interview, she speaks about the ‘grey areas’ of decision-making in the EU’s policy fields like Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), migration, and trade, innovative and practical suggestions that SepaRope is aiming to provide to strengthen decision-making structures within the EU, as well as insights that SepaRope uncovered about how the authority of EU institutions is changing, particularly in the fields of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), migration, and trade.