• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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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


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

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Research Output 2016 2018

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

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

Activities 2018 2019

  • 4 Oral presentation

Performing populist ideology: A typology of populist disruptive performance

Lone Sorensen (Speaker)
12 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The performance of left-wing populism in transitional democracy: the case of the disrupted South African State of the Nation Address

Lone Sorensen (Speaker)
17 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The struggle over aesthetic representation: The case of the disrupted South African State of the Nation Address

Lone Sorensen (Speaker)
1 Nov 2018

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