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Pontus Odmalm

Pontus Odmalm
Dr Pontus Odmalm
Senior Lecturer in Politics
3.20 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 3926
Research Interests
Comparative European Politics, Politics of immigration, Citizenship, Political parties

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Tuesday: 12 - 1 pm (UG and PG Dissertation Supervision) Thursday: 12-2 pm (Guidance and Feedback Hour)

Pontus Odmalm is Senior Lecturer in Politics.

Edinburgh Research Explorer listing can be accessed here.



  • MA (Lund University, Sweden) (1999)
  • D.Phil (University of Sussex) (2004)

Research Interests

His research focuses on the social and political impact of migration using a comparative European perspective. Particular research interests include citizenship (national and European), political mobilisation and party competition.

His ESRC-funded project 'Old Politics, New issues and Institutional Constraints: How to Explain Parties' Positions on EU Membership and Immigration' finished in June 2011 and a monograph based on the project's findings was published by Palgrave (October 2014).

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Articles and Chapters


Current Teaching and Research

Pontus is responsible for the following courses:

Sem 1: Europe and International Migration (UG)

Sem  2: Approaches to Politics and IR (UG)

Pontus has membership in the following PIR Research Groups: Migration and Citizenship and Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.

Topics interested in supervising

Comparative projects that focus on the following areas: politics of immigration/integration; citizenship; and party competition.

If you are interested in being supervised by Pontus Odmalm, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics