Maria Grasso

Dr Maria Teresa Grasso

Senior Lecturer in Politics & Quantitative Methods

Contact Details
Email: m.grasso@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1702
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 1717
Room: G.52 Elmfield


Profile

Dr Maria Grasso is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Quantitative Methods. She joined the Department in September 2011 and holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MSc in Sociology with Distinction from the University of Oxford. She received her doctorate from the University of Oxford in June 2011 (Nuffield College). Her doctoral research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and she was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford between 2008-2011. Dr Grasso's research focuses on political behaviour, social change, political generations, and the shift from traditional means of political participation relating to parties, electoral politics and left-right conflict, to more diffuse and irregular forms of involvement such as demonstrations, issue campaigns and consumer boycotts. Her academic work deals primarily with quantitative research and statistical analysis of cross-national surveys on political attitudes and behaviour.

Dr Grasso is Deputy European Editor of Mobilization. She is the author of Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe (Routledge, 2016) and co-editor (with Marco Giugni) of Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis (Routledge, 2015). She has published her work in the British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Work, Employment, and Society, Mobilization, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change and other journals.  She has been awarded over £800,000 in research funding to date and is currently leading two research teams as Principal Investigator/work-package leader on collaborative EU projects funded by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 scheme (1) EURYKA, 2017-2020, on young people's participation and inequalities (website / Twitter) (2) TransSOL, 2015-2018, on transnational solidarity in times of crisis (website / Twitter). She is Co-I on the Max Batley-funded project "Protest as democratic practice: peace movements in southern Europe, 1975-1990". Previously, she was PI on the 7th Framework Programme project Living with Hard Times 2013-2016, on social resilience in times of crisis (website / Twitter) and Research Fellow, 2009-2011,on the European Science Foundation collaborative European survey project Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation.

Dr Grasso's research has appeared in The TimesThe Financial Times, The Economist, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph among others and she has advised the British Correspondent for The Economist on debates surrounding protest politics. She has authored commissioned reports for The Government Office for Science (2013) and the Committee on Standards in Public Life (2011) and has been invited to write comment pieces for the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog (2015) and the Democratic Audit (2014).

Professional Recognition and Activities

  • Deputy European Editor, Mobilization
  • Associate Fellow, SPERI
  • Official Representative, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • Advisory Board, INTERSECTION (Intergenerational Justice, Consumption and Sustainability) Project
  • Juror of the Demography Prize for Young Researchers 2016/17 “Measuring Intergenerational Justice” of the Intergenerational Justice Foundation
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Media, Movements & Politics (M2P) Research Group, University of Antwerp (2011)
  • Co-ordinator of Governance and Participation Research Group, Department of Politics University of Sheffield (2011-2014)
  • Research Proposal Reviewer: British Academy, Polish National Science Centre
  • Book Proposal Evaluator: Sage, Edinburgh University Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge
  • Reviewer for American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, European Political Science Review, Comparative European Politics, European Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Movement Studies, and others.
Teaching

Dr Grasso’s research interests in political sociology, social movements, political participation, social change and empirical political research inform her teaching at both Undergraduate and Masters level. She sat on the Curriculum Review Committee set up to restructure teaching provision in the Department. Dr Grasso designed four new modules for the Department of Politics, including the core module for the MSc in Politics with Research Methods. She has been the Module Leader on seven modules, including the core module for all Level 2 students in Politics:

  • The Level 2 module POL229 Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis. This is the core module for all Level 2 students in Politics. This core module provides an introduction to research design and methods for analysing political phenomena. It encourages students to reflect on how they conceptualise, design and analyse the political world as well as introducing them to quantitative data analysis with SPSS.
  • The Level 3 module POL3127 Protest, Participation and Social Change. This module focuses on the changing political values and political participation patterns of the citizens of advanced industrial democracies. We will examine competing theories of political behaviour and social change, including the rise of protest movements.
  • The Level 3 module POL3128 Protest, Participation and Social Change Project. This module involves supervised research on a topic from POL3127 Protest, Participation and Social Change Students attend an introductory workshop and individual supervision meetings and undertake individual research to be assessed on the basis of a 7,000 word extended essay.
  • The Level 3 module POL3104 Dissertation in Political Analysis (Quantitative Methods). Students attend quantitative methods group workshops and individual supervision meetings and are assessed on the basis of a 10,000 word dissertation applying quantitative methods. Each year, the best quantitative methods dissertation is awarded the YouGov Prize
  • The MA module POL6255 Research Methods. This is the core module for all students on the MSc in Politics with Research Methods. It introduces students to research methods, research design and quantitative data analysis with STATA up to logistic regression and predicted probabilities.
  • The MA module POL6160 Research Methods in Politics and International Relations. This module introduces students to research methods, research design and quantitative data analysis with STATA.
  • The MA module POL6015 Researching Socio-Political Change. This module focused substantively on the changing social attitudes and participation patterns of democratic citizens and introduced students to quantitative data analysis with STATA.

She also contributed to teaching:

  • The Level 1 module POL113 Introduction to Political Analysis.
  • The Level 3 module POL3008 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict Project
  • The Level 3 module POL3017 Dissertation in Politics. This module involves supervised research on an agreed topic in politics. Students will meet their tutor individually, undertake individual research and be assessed on the basis of a 12,000 word maximum dissertation. Each year, the best dissertation is awarded the Bernard Crick Memorial Prize.
PhD Supervision

Dr Grasso is currently supervising the following PhD projects:

First Supervisor:

  • Why is the Phenomenon of Revolutionary Groups Resilient in Greece? A Comparative Analysis of the Trajectories of Revolutionary Groups in Greece and Italy (1975-2015), Sotirios Karampampas (since Sept 2012).
  • Social Capital in the South Caucasus: A comparative analysis of Azerbaijani and Georgian societies, Adila Aliyeva (since Sept 2013).
  • Politics and Dissent Online: Gender and Civic Engagement in the Middle East, Sabina Amidi (since Sept 2013)
  • Second Image Reversed: The Influence of National Security Level on Internal Regime Characteristics, Barbara Buraczynska (since Sept 2013).
  • The Dynamics of Youth Political Participation in Southeast Asia: The Case of Malaysia, Norhafiza Mohd Hed (since Sept 2014).
  • Far Right Groups in the UK: Investigating the Concept of Cumulative Extremism, Andreas Dafnos (since September 2015)
  • A crisis in democratic participation? The impact of inequality on the political (dis)engagement of young peopleKatherine Smith (since February 2017)

Second Supervisor:

  • The Animal Protection Movement in Malaysia, Suzianah Ismail (since June 2013, with Alasdair Cochrane).

Previous PhD supervision:

  • Conceptualising Party Political Ideology: An Exploration of Party Modernisation in Britain, Dr Katharine Dommett, Awarded 2012 (Second Supervisor since Sept 2011, with Colin Hay).
  • The generational and social class bases of pro-democratic culture in Turkey: a quantitative analysis with WVS data, Dr Murat Inan, Awarded 2016 (First Supervisor).

Dr Grasso would be interested in supervising ambitious and motivated research students in the following areas:

  • Advanced quantitative methods and survey research
  • Political behaviour
  • Political sociology of industrial democracies
  • Social/political attitudes and value change
  • Cross-national comparative research
  • Social cleavages and democracy
  • Political participation and political disengagement
  • Political socialisation and political generations
  • Young people's political participation
  • Radicalism, social movements and protest
Research

Key Projects

Dr Grasso is Principal Investigator for the cross-national panel survey work-package on a new Horizon 2020 collaborative project on youth political participation and inequalities:

Awarding Body: European Commission Horizon 2020 Call H2020-SC6-REV-INEQUAL-2016-2017
People Involved: Maria Grasso, Katherine Smith and partners from other European institutions in a consortium led by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva)
Title of Research: Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities (EURYKA)
Amount: €621,870 Dr Grasso (€2,595,720 for the whole consortium)
Duration: 36 months from 1 February 2017

Website / Twitter / FacebookFurther Details

Since May 2015 Dr Grasso is Principal Investigator for the cross national survey work-package on a new Horizon 2020 collaborative project on transnatonal solidarity in time of crisis:

Awarding Body: European Commission Horizon 2020 Call H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2014
People Involved: Maria Grasso, Sotirios Karampampas and partners from other European institutions in a consortium led by Christian Lahusen (University of Siegen)
Title of Research: European paths to transnational solidarity at times of crisis: Conditions, forms, role-models and policy responses (TransSOL)
Amount: €134,980 Dr Grasso (€2,483, 805 for the whole consortium)
Duration: 36 months from 1 June, 2015.

Website / Twitter / Further Details

Dr Grasso was the scientific responsible for the UK and work-package leader of a EU FP7 collaborative project:

Awarding Body: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) on Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis
People Involved: Maria Grasso, Luke Temple (Research Associate), Barbara Buraczynska, Sotirios Karampampas, Patrick English and partners from other European institutions in a consortium led by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva)
Title of Research: Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences (LIVEWHAT)
Amount: €220,700 Dr. Grasso (€2,499,366 for the whole consortium)
Duration: 36 months from 1 December, 2013.

Website / Twitter / Further Details

Dr Grasso is Co-Investigator with Dr Eirini Karamouzi (Principal Investigator) and Professor Benjamin Ziemann (Co-Investigator) on the Max Batley Fellowship Award 'Protest as democratic practice: peace movements in southern Europe, 1975-1990’ (c. £90k).

Awarding Body: Max Batley Fellowship Award
People Involved: Dr Maria Grasso (Co-Investigator) with Dr Eirini Karamouzi (PI), Professor Benjamin Ziemann (Co-Investigator) and Dr Giulia Quaggio (Research Associate) 
Title of Research: Protest as democratic practice: peace movements in southern Europe, 1975-1990
Amount: c. £90,000
Duration: 2 years 

Website / Further Details

Dr Grasso is an Associate Investigator, since May 2013, on the Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualising Contestation research project www.protestsurvey.eu on which she was previously a Research Fellow.

Awarding Body: European Science Foundation (ESF) and for the UK the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
People Involved: Maria Grasso (Associate Investigator, prev. Research Fellow 2009-2011), Clare Saunders (University of Exeter, prev. University of Southampton) and partners from other European institutions in a consortium led by Bert Klandermans (VU-Amsterdam)
Title of Research: Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualising Contestation
Duration: ongoing - the surveys of demonstrations/database are still in progress

Website / Further Details

Publications

Key Publications

- Books

- Edited Books

- Journal Articles

- Book Chapters

  • Grasso, M. T. (2016) "Political Participation." In Heffernan, R., Cowley, P. & Hay, C. (eds) Developments in British Politics 10. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Giugni, M. and Grasso, M.T. (2016) "The Biographical Impact of Participation in Social Movement Activities: Beyond Highly Committed New Left Activism?" in Bosi, L., Giugni, M. and K. Uba (eds) The Consequences of Social Movements. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Giugni, M. and Grasso, M.T.  (2015) “Austerity and Protest: Debates and Challenges ” in M. Giugni, and M.T. Grasso (eds) Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis. London: Routledge.
  • Grasso, M.T. and Giugni, M. (2015) "Are Anti-Austerity Movements ‘Old’ or ‘New’?" in M. Giugni, and M.T. Grasso (eds) Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis. London: Routledge.
  • Giugni, M. and Grasso, M.T.   (2015) “Austerity and Protest: Lessons and Future Research” in M. Giugni, and M.T. Grasso (eds) (forthcoming) Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis. London: Routledge.
  • Dunn, A., Grasso, M. T. and Saunders, C.  (2014) "Who agrees that "having almost any job is better than being unemployed"?" in A. Dunn, Rethinking Unemployment and the Work Ethic, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

- Research Reports

  • Grasso, M. T. (2013) What are the distinguishing generational, life course, and historical drivers of changing identities? Future Identities: Changing identities in the UK – the next 10 years. Foresight: The Future of Identity in the UK. London, The Government Office for Science. Download (PDF, 0.3 MB)
  • Grasso, M. T. (2011) [with the assistance of J. Rose and the Committee’s Research Advisory Board] Survey of Public Attitudes Towards Conduct in Public Life 2010. Surveys of Public Attitudes Towards Conduct in Public Life. London,Committee on Standards in Public Life. Download (PDF, 1.3 MB)

- Invited Comment

  • Grasso, M.T. (2015) "Recent demonstrations across the UK are not a sign of rising political participation amongst the young" (LSE British Politics and Policy Blog). Link.
  • Grasso, M.T. (2014) "Young people are less engaged in both traditional and non-traditional forms of politics than older generations" (Democratic Audit). Link.

- Selected Invited Talks and Conference Participation

  • Invited workshop participant/presenter, Symposium on political emotions, International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, July 26-29, 2017
  • One single-authored paper, EPSA 2017, Milan, 22-24 June, 2017
  • Invited seminar speaker, CMIST Seminars, University of Manchester Research Seminar, 20 June, 2017
  • Invited workshop participant/presenter, "Austerity and Civil Society” Workshop, Centre for the Study of Social & Political Movements, University of Kent, 10 March 2017
  • Invited seminar speaker, Politics and International Relations Seminar Series, Monash University, Melbourne, 15 December 2016
  • Invited Visiting Scholar Seminar, Deakin University, Melbourne, 14 December 2016
  • Invited panellist, REDI discussion Panel on quantitative research, Deakin University, Melbourne, 14 December 2016
  • Presentation of final project results, LIVEWHAT Final Conference, Brussels, 23 November, 2016
  • One co-authored paper, EPOP 2016 Conference, University of Kent, 9-11 September, 2016
  • Invited presenter, launch event of the Political Methodology Specialist Group of the PSA, British Academy, London, 25 November, 2015
  • Invited seminar speaker, Nuffield Politics Seminars, University of Oxford, 29 October, 2015
  • Two co-authored papers, Annual Conference of the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) Specialist Group of the PSA, Cardiff University 11-13 September, 2015
  • One co-authored paper, 5th Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association (EPSA), Schloss Schonbrunn Vienna, 25-27 June, 2015
  • One single-authored paper, American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Washington D.C., 28-21 August, 2014 (accepted)
  • One single-authored paper, 4TH ANNUAL EPSA CONFERENCE, Edinburgh, June 19-21, 2014
    Panel chair and presenter, XXVII Meeting of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP), University of Florence, 12-14 September, 2013
  • Invited workshop participant/presenter, New Forms of Citizenship for Democracy, CEVIPOF, SciencesPo, Paris, 27 June, 2013
  • Invited seminar speaker, School of Politics and International Relations Research Seminar (SPIRRS), University of Kent, 29 May 2013
  • Invited workshop participant/presenter, Comparative Protest Politics Workshop, University of Oxford, 27-28 May, 2013
  • Invited seminar speaker, Nuffield Politics Seminars, University of Oxford, January 29, 2013
  • Invited workshop participant/presenter, MOVEOUT- Network for the Study of Social Movement Outcomes Workshop, University of Uppsala, 6-8 September, 2012
  • Invited workshop participant/presenter. Beyond Political Socialization: New Approaches in Age, Period, Cohort Analysis, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, 16-17 March, 2012
  • Invited presenter, European Science Foundation (ESF) HumVIB Final Conference: Understanding European Diversity: Cross-National Analysis of Human Values, Attitudes and Behaviour, Berlin, 8-10 September, 2011
  • Invited workshop participant/presenter, International Sociological Association (ISA) PhD Lab, The Possibility of Sociology in the Era of Globalization, Shonan Kokusai Village, Hayama, Japan, October 2009
  •  full list of publications

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