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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Adrian Favero

Adrian Favero
Adrian Favero
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
European Union, Urban Governance, Return / transnational migration, Europeanisation and Globalisation, Central Eastern Europe

PhD Title

The Role of Polish Cities in Shaping Attitudes of Urban, Educated Youth towards European Integration

PhD Research

My interest focuses on Polish cities and the urban citizens’ attitudes towards the European Union (EU). Specifically, I investigate the differential role of urban governance in shaping the opinion of the young, well-educated population on the EU. For this purpose, I compare five large Polish cities: Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, Wroclaw and Gdansk.

My research determines the extent to which political, economic, and cultural opportunities in cities influence the perception of EU integration. This, in turn, is then used to account for and explain citizens’ attitudes towards the EU. In addition, my research also evaluates how the combined urban and EU setting shapes individuals’ behaviour, specifically as it pertains to their future prospects and migration behaviour.

To unpack and explain these issues, I divided my study into quantitative and qualitative parts, while applying a sequential mixed methods approach.


Professor Laura Cram, University of Edinburgh

Professor Andrew Thompson, University of Edinburgh


MA European Studies, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland, 2014

BA Political Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2012

BA Primary Education, Teachers College, Rorschach, Switzerland, 2003


2016: Llewellyn, Clare, Cram, Laura and Favero, Adrian (2016): Avoiding the Drunkard's Search: Investigating Collection Strategies for Building a Twitter Dataset. Proceedings of the  16th ACM/IEEE-CS on Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. 205-206, doi>10.1145/2910896.2925433.

Favero A. and Goodman C. (2014): Kongruenz und politische Partizipation in Metropolregionen. Working Paper No 77. National Centre of Competence in Research: Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century. ( [Status 2014]).


2018: The Fran Trust Conference Award

2017: EURA 2017 Conference, Young Scholar Award for best paper

2016: The University of Edinburgh, Principal’s Go Abroad Fund, Santander Award

2015: Regional Studies Association (RSA), Conference Bursary

Reserarch Experience

2016 - 2018:  Research Assistance, Neuropolitics Research, The University of Edinburgh.  Responsibilities:  Analysing the Brexit debate on twitter with a focus on Russian trolls;  Editorial assistant for a leading comparative politics journal, Government and Opposition

2017: Research Assistance, Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial  Management, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. Responsibilities:   Conducting a survey about the use of location-based services

2015: Three months of fieldwork for my PhD Thesis. Responsibilities: Conducting a survey and interviews in five cities in Poland

Teaching Experience


2018: Guest Lecturer, Institutions and Policies of the EU, MSc course, University of Edinburgh.

2018: Course Organiser, Debating International Relations, Summer School, University of Edinburgh.

2015 - 2018: Teaching Fellow, Introduction to Internatonal Relations, IFP Programme, University of Edinburgh.


2018: Tutor, Introduction to Politics and International Relations, undergraduate course, University of Edinburgh.

2018: Tutor, International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond, undergraduate course, University of Edinburgh.

2015 - 2017: Tutor, Comparative Politics in a Globalized World, undergraduate course, University of Edinburgh.


2018: ‘The Influence of Gender on Support for EU Integration among the Urban Polish Youth’. Urban Affairs Association (UUA), Conference, Toronto, 4 - 7 April.

2017 :  ‘Attitudes in the City: Assessing the Influence of Local Conditions on Support for the     European Union in Poland’. The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), Conference, Krakow, Poland, 4 – 6 Sept.

2017: ‘Political Attitudes Among the Urban Polish Youth: Assessing the Role of the City on Support for the European Union’. European Urban Research Association (EURA), Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 21 – 24 June.

2016 : ‘The Swiss "Sonderfall": Identifying Neutrality and its Influence on Cooperation with    the European Union’. The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), Conferenc, London, UK, 5 – 7 Sept.

2016: ‘Poznań’s Interurban Competition: A Case of Transnational and Local Governance in a  Globalizing World’. International Political Science Association (IPSA), Conference, Poznan, Poland, 23 – 28 July.

2016: ‘City Competitiveness in Poland: Innovative strategies and local governance in a globalized world – The case of Poznań. Regional Studies Association (RSA), Conference, Graz, Austria, 3 – 6 April.

Member of Organisation Committee, Challenging Eastern Limits Confernce 2013, Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow


Edinburgh Europa Research Group

International Political Science Association

University Association for Contemporary European Studies

Regional Studies Association