- Dr Pontus Odmalm
- Senior Lecturer in Politics
- 3.20 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 3926
- Pontus.Odmalm (at) ed.ac.uk
- Research Interests
- Comparative European Politics, Politics of immigration, Citizenship, Political parties
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Wednesday: 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)
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
- 'The European Mainstream, the Populist Radical Right, and the (alleged) lack of a restrictive alternative' in Odmalm, P and Hepburn, E. (eds.) The European Mainstream and the Populist Radical Right (Routledge, 2017) (w/ Eve Hepburn)
'Immigration into the mainstream: conflicting ideological streams, strategic reasoning and party competition’, Acta Politica 50(4): 365-378, 2015, (special issue introduction w/ Tim Bale).
'Mainstream parties and immigration' in Hartley, C. (ed.), Western Europe 2015 (Routledge).
'Getting the balance right? Party competition on immigration and conflicting ideological ‘pulls’', Scandinavian Political Studies 37(3):301-322, 2014, (w/ Betsy Super).
'If the issue fits, stay put: cleavage stability, issue compatibility and drastic changes on the immigration ‘issue’', Comparative European Politics 12(6):663-679, 2014, (w/ Betsy Super),
'Party competition and positions on immigration: strategic advantages and spatial locations', Comparative European Politics 10(1):1-22, 2012.
'Political parties and 'the immigration issue': issue ownership in Swedish parliamentary elections 1991-2010', West European Politics 34(5):1070-1092, 2011.
'Turkish organisations in Europe: how national contexts provide different avenues for participation', Turkish Studies 10(2):149-165, 2009.
'Going different ways? Right-wing parties and the immigrant issue in Denmark and Sweden', Journal of European Public Policy 15(3):367-382, 2008 (w/ Christoffer Green-Pedersen).
‘One size fits all? European citizenship, national citizenship policies and integration requirements’, Representation 43(1):19-34, 2007.
- The European Mainstream and the Populist Radical Right (co-edited w/ Eve Hepburn) (Routledge, 2017)
The Party Politics of the EU and Immigration (Palgrave, 2014)
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: