• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

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Lone Sorensen joined the University of Huddersfield in 2018. She completed her PhD on a communication approach to populism at the University of Leeds in 2018 on a University Research Scholarship. She teaches the module 'Writing for the Media and Storytelling'.

Previous to her academic career, she worked in publishing and online communication as a content manager, web editor and writer and owned and managed an eco-hotel and associated development projects in the Malawian rainforest.

During her PhD research she participated in the COST Action on Populist Political Communication in Europe and has worked on the EU-funded Media, Conflict and Democratisation (MeCoDEM) project, http://www.mecodem.eu/. She also taught political communication and media and communication theory.

She is a member of the Political Performance Network with Sarah Weston and Stephen Coleman at the University of Leeds. She has authored a number of journal articles, book chapters and handbook entries. Her first book, Populism and the Media: A Communication Approach for Established and Transitional Democracies, is coming out in early 2020.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Populist politics from a communication perspective
  • Political performance
  • Political representation, especially aesthetic perspectives
  • Comparative study of political communication
  • Democratic listening
  • Democratisation and the media
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to 'big data' and social media

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Political communication
  • Populism
  • Mediation
  • Political performance
  • Democratisation and the media
  • Politics and social media
  • Political representation

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Research Output 2016 2019

Populism in Communications Perspective: Concepts, Issues, Evidence

Sorensen, L., 1 Aug 2017, Political Populism: A Handbook. Heinisch, R. C., Holtz-Bacha, C. & Mazzoleni, O. (eds.). Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH und Co, p. 137-56 (International Studies on Populism; vol. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The United Kingdom: Hybrid Populisms, Mixed Fortunes, and Unstable Support

Stanyer, J., Archetti, C. & Sorensen, L., 1 Jun 2016, Populist Political Communication in Europe. Aalberg, T., Esser, F., Reinemann, C., Stromback, J. & de Vreese, C. H. (eds.). New York & Abingdon, UK: Routledge, p. 165-80 (Routledge Research in Communication Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Populist Communication in the New Media Environment: a Cross-Regional Comparative Perspective

Sorensen, L., 24 Apr 2018, In : Palgrave Communications. 4, 12 p., 48.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
new media
Open Access
public communications

Dialogue of the Deaf: Listening on Twitter and Democratic Responsiveness during the 2015 South African State of the Nation Address

Sorensen, L., Ford, H., Al-Saqaf, W. & Bosch, T., 6 Sep 2019, Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions. Voltmer, K., Christensen, C., Stremlau, N., Neverla, I., Thomass, B., Vladisavljevic, N. & Wasserman, H. (eds.). 1 ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 229-254 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social media

Activities 2017 2019

  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 3 Publication Peer-review

Political Communication (Journal)

Lone Sorensen (Reviewer)
Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

European Politics and Society (Journal)

Lone Sorensen (Reviewer)
21 Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Performing populist ideology: A typology of populist disruptive performance

Lone Sorensen (Speaker)
12 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Mediatisation as a resource: Inequality and contentious politics in the Global South

Lone Sorensen (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
2 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee

Lone Sorensen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment