Berta Barbet Porta

Politics and International Relations PhD Student, University of Leicester

BA (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), MA (Universitat Autónoma, Barcelona), MA (Essex)

Berta started her PhD at the University of Leicester in 2012. Previously she studied a degree in political sciences and public administration and two masters: the first one in Political Strategy and Communication, the second in Political Behaviour and Public Opinion.

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Research Interests

Berta has a shared scholarship with the Department of Economics and helps in the organization of the interdisciplinary workshop organized by the Parties, Participation and Public Opinion research cluster.

Berta’s main field of interest is in the interrelations between:

  • Political information and communication
  • Public opinion and mood
  • Political behaviour

Especially in the study of the ways in which parties and other political actors can affect citizens’ perceptions and behaviours.

Current Research

Berta is currently working on her PhD Research Project:

Title: 'Exploring heresthetics: issues, parties’ strategies and voters’ electoral behaviour'

Supervisors: Dr. Rick Whitaker (Department of Politics & IR) and Dr. James Rockey (Department of Economics).

The project attempts to develop a theory about heresthetics moves in electoral contexts. Concretely, which circumstances facilitate them, how citizens’ perceive those moves and whether or not they have electoral consequences.

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