School of Social and Political Science

Dr Christos Vrakopoulos

Job Title

Lecturer (Politics with Quantitative Methods)

Research interests

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on the electoral support for extreme-right parties in Europe, as well as topics related to voting behaviour, party competition, the effect of actual, and attitudes towards, quality of government affect voting and political behaviour, and environmental politics.

More specifically, I am currently working on research projects which aim to explain variation in the electoral support of extreme-right parties across European countries. A single-authored article which explains cross-national variation in the electoral support for extreme-right parties in Europe is forthcoming at European Political Science Review. 

I am also working on projects related to attitudes towards concrete policies on climate change. I have recently published an article in Environmental Politics, with Christoph Arndt and Daphne Halikiopoulou, in which we show what drives attitudes towards specific climate change policies and who is willing to pay more to protect the environment. Lastly, I am currently exploring the effect of urban vs rural divide on political and social trust.


I joined the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Politics (with Quantitative Methods) in May 2023. Prior to this, I worked as at the Universities of Leeds, Bath and Reading. 

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science, and more specifically on the electoral support for extreme-right parties in Europe, from the University of Reading in 2019.

Publications by user content

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Arndt C, Halikiopoulou D, Vrakopoulos C. The centre-periphery divide and attitudes towards climate change measures among Western Europeans. Environmental Politics. 2023;32(3):381-406. Epub 2022 May 26. doi: 10.1080/09644016.2022.2075155
Vrakopoulos C. Political and ideological normalization: Quality of government, mainstream-right ideological positions and extreme-right support. European Political Science Review. 2022 Feb 1;14(1):56-73. Epub 2021 Oct 21. doi: 10.1017/S1755773921000308
Vrakopoulos C, Halikiopoulou D. Vigilantism in Greece: The case of the Golden Dawn. In Bjørgo T, Mareš M, editors, Vigilantism against Migrants and Minorities. 1st ed. Routledge. 2019. p. 183-198 doi: 10.4324/9780429485619-11