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Gwenaëlle Bauvois (PhD, Sociology).

  Gwenaëlle Bauvois currently works in the Horizon research consortium 'Analysis and Responses to Extremist Narratives' (ARENAS). This four-year project aims to characterise, measure, and understand the role of extremist narratives that have an impact on the political and social spheres. The project is based at the Aleksanteri Institute (Finnish Centre for Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies), University of Helsinki.

  She is also affiliated at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN) based at the Swedish School of Social Sciences (Soc&kom, 2015 →). She's an active member at the Helsinki Research Hub on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation HEPP.

She has been a visiting researcher at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Science (2023).

  Her research topics include right-wing populism and far right; conspiracies; countermedia; post-truth politics; anti immigration and conspirational movements.

  She has been working in several national and EU research projects:

⏵The Vaccine Fighters. Mediatisation of the anti-vaxx movement in Swedish-speaking Finland (2022 → 2023)

Post-Truth Politics, Nationalism and the (De)Legitimation of European Integration (2019 → 2023)

⏵The Yellowsphere: Glocalisation of the Yellow Vests in Finland (2019 → 2022)

Border Crises in Two Languages - Mediatized Politics and Solidarity Activism in the Wake of the 2015 Asylum Migration (2019 → 2022)

The Power of Narratives: Media and Democracy in Political Turmoil (2018 → 2019)

⏵Mobilizing 'the Disenfranchised' in Finland, France and the United states. Post-truth public stories in the transnational hybrid media space (2016 → 2019)

  She has been actively teaching at the university level since 2009 and at the university of Helsinki since 2016, mostly on Master's level. She holds an International Professional Teacher Education Degree (2016) in addition to University Pedagogy studies at the University of Helsinki. Among other teacher positions, she worked as a University lecturer in ethnic relations at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki (20152019, Master programme in Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration).

Courses since 2015 include: Diversity? Narrating Migration in Populist Mobilization; Current research in ethnic relations; Introduction to Migration and Ethnic Relations; Glocal Challenges for Social Policy; and Populism, polarization and the Media. She has been guest lecturing in diverse faculties and universities in courses such as: Political Communication; Methods in social sciences and Current Trends in European Politics. She also has experience in conducting Master thesis seminars and in supervising on the Master and Doctoral level.

  She is holding several positions of trust in diverse associations:

⏵Board member, The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) (2017→2024). Vice-chairperson (2017→2018) secretary (2018→2019).

⏵Member of the editorial team of Likkeessä ylirajojen (ETMU blog), (2019→2024).

⏵Full Board member, Helsinki University Researchers and Teachers Association, HUART (Helsingin yliopiston tieteentekijät – Forskarföreningen vid Helsingfors universitet ry), (2022→2024).

⏵Deputy Board member, Helsinki University Researchers and Teachers Association, HUART (Helsingin yliopiston tieteentekijät – Forskarföreningen vid Helsingfors universitet ry), (2018→2022).

⏵Expert, Migration Research Hub, IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe), (2018 →).

⏵Member, Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), European Commission, Migration and Home affairs (2017→).

⏵Member, NordEthics, Nordic Network for Media and communication Ethics (2021→).

⏵Board member IWWOF (International Working Women of Finland Association), (2020→2021). Academic Liaison (20212023)

⏵Board member, European Sociological Association Research Network 15 - Global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology (2019-2020)

  She holds several research affiliations:

CEREN - The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, Swedish Scool of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki (2015→).

INEQ - Helsinki Inequality Initiative, University of Helsinki (2020→).

HEPP - Helsinki Research Hub on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation (2020→)

Education information

PhD in social sciences (sociology), University of Eastern Finland, 2007. Eximia Cum Laude Approbatur.

Licentiate of sociology, University of Eastern Finland, 2005.

Master of sociology, University of Lille 1, 2003.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • ethnic relations
  • populism
  • nationalism
  • social media

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.