Professor Laura Morales

BA (UCM), MSc with Distinction (LSE), MA (Juan March Institute), PhD (UAM)Prof Laura Morales

Contact Details

Research Interests

I joined the Department in May 2011. Previously I have held teaching and research positions in the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), the University of Murcia (UM) and the University of Manchester. I have held visiting scholar positions at the Amsterdam School for Social Research, Columbia University, Harvard University and Sciences Po Grenoble.

My interests lie, especially, in the areas of political behaviour, political parties, public opinion, the politics of immigration, and comparative politics. I am currently engaged in several projects on governmental responsiveness, the politics of immigration, and on civic and political participation in established democracies.

I am particularly interested in the following areas:
• Political behaviour and political organisations.
• Associational involvement and political participation.
• Social movements.
• Political parties.
• The gender gap in political behaviour.
• Political institutions, governmental responsiveness and public opinion.
• Local policies on migration/ethnic issues.
• Local democracy and political participation of migrant/ethnic minorities.
• Organisational networks and social capital of migrant/ethnic minorities.

Current Research

I am currently conducting work on the following research projects:

• European Research Council Starting Grant on the project "Democratic Responsiveness in Comparative Perspective: How do Democratic Governments Respond to Different Expressions of Public Opinion? (RESPONSIVEGOV), funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC. I am the PI of this project that will run for five years until 2016. Grant €1.4 million.  Project website.

• "Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies", funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council under the Open Research Area scheme, jointly with the Dutch NWO, French ANR, and German DFG. I am the PI of the British team, and the overall international coordinator is Prof. Thomas Saalfeld (University of Bamberg). I co-ordinate a team of 3 Research Assistants and 6 other co-Investigators in the British team. Grant for the British team: £681,639. 1st May 2014 – 30th April 2017. Project website.

Further to this, I am working on the publications resulting from other recently completed projects:

• Project Support and Opposition to Migration. A cross national comparison of the politicization of migration, funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC. I was the PI of the University of Leicester partner team (overall consortium coordinated by the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland). € 205,594  Project website.

• Project Immigrant Citizens Survey, funded by the EC Integration Fund for Third Country Nationals, and led by the King Baudouin Foundation and the Migration Policy Group, both based in Brussels. Project website.

• Project Immigration, Diversity and Civic Culture in Spain: A Longitudinal Analysis (2000-2008), funded by the Spanish Centre for Sociological Research (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas). 2009-2010. Grant: €12,000.

• Grassroots activism, social capital and democracy. A comparative study of Germany, Spain and Switzerland, funded by the British Academy. 2008-2010. Grant: £ 6,950.

Other Recent Research Activity

Between 2006 and 2009 I was the co-ordinator of the Localmultidem project, funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission, which studied the civic and political inclusion of migrant-background citizens in several European cities. This project has resulted in a number of recent publications, and I am still working on my own and with international collaborators on further disseminating the main results of this project.

I have also been actively involved in the organisation of a Seminar Series on “The Political Representation of Ethnic Minorities in the UK in Comparative Perspective”, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK. PI: Prof. Edward Fieldhouse, Co-Investigators: Prof. Rachel Gibson, Dr. Matthew Goodwin, Dr. Robert Ford, Dr. Laura Morales, Dr. Maria Sobolewska. Grant: £ 17,914. Awarded to the University of Manchester. 2010-2012 (24 months).

Teaching and PhD Supervision

I am available to supervise students in any of my areas of research and expertise, and I am particularly interested in supervising students wishing to work on governmental responsiveness to different forms of public opinion in the areas of the politics of immigration, especially in connection to how it affects issues of political representation, political behaviour and social capital and making use of the data generated with the various projects I have worked on about this (LOCALMULTIDEM, SOM and ICS).

I have supervised three students at Manchester (Alfonso Echazarra, Jennifer Buckley, and Meng Chen) and two at Leicester (Luca Bernardi and Daniel Bischof) to successful completion. I currently supervise three PhD students at Leicester: Zakaria Sajir is undertaking a dissertation in Sociology (I am his co-supervisor in Politics) on the role of contextual factors in explaining the levels of political integration of Moroccan-origin migrants in several European cities; Verena Wisthaler works on how immigration affects the identity politics of ethno-national minorities in five European regions (the Basque Country, Corsica, Scotland, South Tyrol and Wales); and Foteini Panagiotopoulou studies how the social network patterns and structures of migrant associations affect their political and social action. I also continue to supervise another student at the University of Manchester, Virginia Ros, who is doing her dissertation on attitudes towards immigration and immigrants in Spain before and after the recession.

Learn more and apply for research degrees in Politics and International Relations.

I will not be engaged in undergraduate teaching until 2017 to concentrate on the research grants awarded.

Main Publications in English

Books

Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe Laura Morales, Marco Giugni. ed. Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Migration, Minorities and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011.

Political Discussion in Modern Democracies Michael Wolf, Laura Morales, Ken'ichi Ikeda. ed. Political Discussion in Modern Democracies in a Comparative Perspective. Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science. London: Routledge, 2010.

Joining Politics Organisations Morales, L. Joining Political Organisations. Colchester: ECPR Press, 2009.

Articles

K. Pilati & L. Morales, ‘Ethnic and immigrant politics vs mainstream politics: the role of ethnic organizations in shaping the political participation of immigrant-origin individuals in Europe’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, advance online publication, June 2016; http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/01419870.2016.1181270

R. Gómez, L. Morales & L. Ramiro, 'Varieties of Radicalism. Examining the Diversity of Radical Left Parties and Voters in Western Europe', West European Politics, advance online publication, 7 August 2015; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2015.1064245

L. Morales, J-B. Pilet & D. Ruedin, 'The Gap between Public Preferences and Policies on Immigration: A Comparative Examination of the Effect of Politicisation on Policy Congruence', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 41 (9), 1495-1516, 2015; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1021598

L. Morales, S. Pardos-Prado & V. Ros, ‘Issue emergence and the dynamics of electoral competition around immigration in Spain’, Acta Politica, vol. 50 (4), 461-485, 2015; http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ap.2014.33

L. Ramiro & L. Morales, “Examining the 'demand' side of the market for political activism. Party and civil society grassroots activists in Spain”, Party Politics, vol. 20(4), 506-520, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068811436057.

L. Morales & K. Pilati, ‘The political transnationalism of Ecuadorians in Barcelona, Madrid and Milan: The role of individual resources, organizational engagement, and the mobilization context.’ Global Networks, vol. 14(1), 80-102, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12018.

L. Morales & A. Echazarra, ‘Will we all hunker down? The impact of immigration and diversity on local communities in Spain’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, vol. 23(3), 343-366, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2013.808642 [Article included in a special issue on “Assessing the Effects of Immigration and Diversity in Europe”, of which I am the guest-editor]

L. Morales, ‘Assessing the Effects of Immigration and Diversity in Europe. Introduction to the Special Issue’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, vol. 23(3), 241-254, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2013.809351

A. González & L. Morales, ‘Do citizenship regimes shape political incorporation? Evidence from four European cities’. Article accepted for publication, journal European Political Science (EPS), special issue (Symposium) on Immigrant Incorporation in Urban Politics [edited by K. Schönwälder (Max Planck Institute) and Irene Bloemraad (UC Berkeley)], vol. 12, 455-466, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/eps.2013.15.

L. Morales & L. Ramiro. "Gaining Political Capital through Social Capital. Inclusion in Policy Making and Network Embeddedness of Immigrants’ Associations in Spain." Mobilization 16( 2), 2011. http://www.mobilization.sdsu.edu/articleabstracts/162MoralesRamiro.html

Book Chapters and Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

V. Ros & L. Morales, ‘The politicization of immigration in Spain’ in W. van der Broug, G. D’Amato, J. Berkhout and D. Ruedin, The politicisation of immigration, London: Routledge, 2015. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138852792/

S. Pérez-Nievas, D. Vintila, M. Paradés & L. Morales, La representación política de los inmigrantes en elecciones municipales. Un análisis empírico, (The political representation of immigrants in local elections. An empirical analysis), Madrid: CIS, 2014. [Available at: http://libreria.cis.es/libros/la-representacion-politica-de-los-inmigrantes-en-elecciones-municipales/9788474766363/]

L. Morales & V. Ros, ‘Comparing the response rates of autochthonous and migrant populations in nominal sampling surveys: the LOCALMULTIDEM study in Madrid’ in J. Font and M. Méndez, Surveying ethnic minorities and immigrant populations: methodological challenges and research strategies, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press/IMISCOE series, 2013. http://en.aup.nl/books/9789089645432-surveying-ethnic-minorities-and-immigrant-populations.html

L. Morales & M. Giugni. "Political Opportunities, Social Capital, and the Political Inclusion of Immigrants in European Cities" in Laura Morales, Marco Giugni. ed. Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Migration, Minorities and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011. http://leicester.academia.edu/LauraMorales

L. Morales "Conceptualising and Measuring Migrants' Political Inclusion" in Laura Morales, Marco Giugni. ed. Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Migration, Minorities and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011. http://leicester.academia.edu/LauraMorales

L. Morales & K. Pilati. "The Role of Social Capital in Migrants' Engagement in Local Politics in European Cities" in Laura Morales, Marco Giugni. ed. Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Migration, Minorities and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011.

L. Morales & M. Morariu  "Is 'Home' a Distraction? The Role of Migrants' Transnational Practices in Their Political Integration into Receiving-Country Politics" in Laura Morales, Marco Giugni. ed. Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Migration, Minorities and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011. http://leicester.academia.edu/LauraMorales

M. Giugni & L. Morales "Conclusions. Towards an Integrated Approach to the Political Inclusion of Migrants" in Laura Morales, Marco Giugni. ed. Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Migration, Minorities and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011. http://leicester.academia.edu/LauraMorales

L. Morales & L. Jorba, ‘The Transnational Practices of Immigrants’ Associations in Spain’, in R. Baubock & T. Faist (eds.) Diaspora and Transnationalism: Concepts, Theories and Methods, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 2010.

L. Morales & L. Ramiro ‘Spanish Parties and Democracy: Weak Party-Society Linkage and Intense Party-State Symbiosis’ in K. Lawson (ed.) Political Parties and Democracy [Five Volumes], Westport: Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group. 2011.

L. Morales & P. Geurts. "Associational Involvement." In Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis, ed. J.W. van Deth, J.R. Montero, and A. Westholm, 135-157. Routledge, 2007.

S. Baglioni, B. Denters, L. Morales, & A. Vetter. "City Size and the Nature of Associational Ecologies." In Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis, ed. W. A. Maloney and S Rossteutscher, 224-243. Routledge, 2007.

L. Ramiro & L. Morales. "European Integration and Spanish Parties: Elite Empowerment amidst Limited Adaptation." In The Europeanization of National Political Parties: Power and Organizational Adaptation, ed. Thomas Poguntke, Nicholas Aylott, Elisabeth Carter, Robert Ladrech & Richard Luther, 134-161. Routledge, 2007.

N. Aylott, L. Morales & L. Ramiro. "Some Things Change, a Lot Stays the Same: Comparing the Country Studies." In The Europeanization of National Political Parties: Power and Organizational Adaptation, ed. T. Poguntke, N. Aylott, E. Carter, R. Ladrech and R. Luther, 190-210. Routledge, 2007.

H. Kriesi, L. Morales & M. Walters. "The Political and cultural context of associational life." In Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis, ed. William A. Maloney & S Roßteutscher. Routledge, 2007.

C. Valiente, L. Ramiro & L. Morales. "Spain." In Sharing Power, ed. Yvonne Galligan & Manon Tremblay, 189-204. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.

L. Morales & L. Ramiro "Latecomers but 'Early-Adapters'. The Adaptation and Response of Spanish Parties to Social Changes." In How Parties Respond to Voters. Interest Aggregation Revisited, ed. Kay Lawson & Thomas Poguntke, 198-226. London: Routledge, 2004.

L. Morales. "Associational Membership and Social Capital in Comparative Perspective: a Note on the Problems of Measurement." Politics and Society 30(3)(2002) : 497-523.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0032329202030003005

L. Morales. "Political Participation: Exploring the Gender Gap in Spain." South European Society & Politics Special Issue on “Understanding Gender Inequalities in Southern Europe” 4 (1)(2000) : 223-247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13608740408539577

Share this page:

Search our site
SoundCloud
Contact Details

Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702
Fax : +44 (0)116 252 5082
Email: politics@le.ac.uk