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 Times, The 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
- 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.
- Edited Books
- Journal Articles
- Grasso, M.T., Farrall, S., Gray, E., Hay, C., and W. Jennings (2017) "Thatcher's Children, Blair's Babies, political socialisation and trickle-down value-change: An age, period and cohort analysis" British Journal of Political Science (Open Access). https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123416000375
- Inan, M. & M.T. Grasso (2017) A participatory generation? The generational and social class bases of political activism in Turkey Turkish Studies 18(1):10-31 http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/aCWJSKgUdqF8rXqfXEHu/full
- Grasso, M.T. and M. Giugni (2016) "Protest participation and economic crisis: The conditioning role of political opportunities" European Journal of Political Research. (Open Access). https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12153
- Grasso, M.T. and M. Giugni (2016) "Do Issues Matter? Anti-Austerity Protests’ Composition, Values, and Action Repertoires Compared" Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 39: 31-58. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S0163-786X20160000039002
- Giugni, M. and M.T. Grasso (2016) "How Civil Society Actors Responded to the Economic Crisis: The Interaction of Material Deprivation and Perceptions of Political Opportunity Structures" Politics & Policy 44(3): 447–472. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/polp.12157/abstract
- Temple, L., Grasso, M.T., Buraczynska, B., Karampampas, S., and P. English (2016) "Neoliberal Narrative in Times of Economic Crisis: A Political Claims Analysis of the UK Press, 2007-2014" Politics & Policy 44(3): 553–576. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/polp.12161/abstract
- English, P., Grasso, M.T., Buraczynska, B., Karampampas, S. and L. Temple (2016) "Convergence on Crisis? Comparing Labour and Conservative Party Framing of the Economic Crisis in Britain, 2008-2014" Politics & Policy 44(3): 577–603. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/polp.12160/abstract
- Giugni, M. and M.T. Grasso (2015) "Environmental Movements: Heterogeneity, Transformation, and Institutionalization." Annual Review of Environment and Resources 40. dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102014-021327
- Dunn, A., Grasso, M.T., and Saunders, C. (2014) “Unemployment and Attitudes to Work: asking the ‘right’ question.” Work, Employment, and Society 28(6): 904-925. http://wes.sagepub.com/content/28/6/904
- Grasso, M.T. (2014) “Age, Period and Cohort Analysis in a Comparative Context: Political Generations and Political Participation Repertoires in Western Europe." Electoral Studies 33: 63-76. 10.1016/j.electstud.2013.06.003
- Grasso, M.T. (2013) "The Differential Impact of Education on Young People’s Political Activism: Comparing Italy and the United Kingdom." Comparative Sociology 12: 1-30. 10.1163/15691330-12341252
- Saunders, C., Grasso, M.T., et al. (2012) "Explaining Differential Protest Participation: Novices, Returners, Repeaters and Stalwarts." Mobilization 17(3): 263-280. mobilizationjournal.org/doi/pdf/10.17813/maiq.17.3.bqm553573058t478
- 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