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Dr Emmy Eklundh

Emmy EklundhLecturer in Spanish and International Politics


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Address Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
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Dr Emmy Eklundh completed her PhD in Politics at the University of Manchester. She also holds an MA in International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory from Jacobs University Bremen/University of Bremen, Germany. In addition, she holds two Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Latin from Lund University, Sweden. Prior to joining the Department of European and International Studies, she taught courses in International Politics at the University of Manchester and the University of Leicester.

Research interests
  • Spanish Politics
  • International Relations
  • Democratic Theory
  • Left-wing populism
  • Social Movements
  • Social Media

Emmy’s research is mainly centred around two main themes. First, Emmy has researched and published on the post-crisis eruptions of protest in Southern Europe and in particular the Indignados movement in Spain. She is especially interested in how this ties in with questions of democratic theory as well as social theory at large. Second, Emmy is working on the current expressions of left-wing populism in Europe, and its renewed focus on democratic and national sovereignty. Through both themes runs a general interest in the role of affect and emotions in social movements and political parties, and how social media affect political participation. 

Selected publications

Journal article

Eklundh, Emmy (2016), “El soberano fantasmático: Las implicaciones políticas de la apropriación de Laclau por parte de Podemos (The phantasmatic sovereign: The political implications of Podemos appropriation of Laclau)”, Relaciones Internacionales, 31, pp. 111-136.

Eklundh, Emmy (2014), “Who is speaking? The Indignados as political subjects”, Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 4 (2-3), pp. 223-235.

Edited volume

Eklundh, Emmy, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and Andreja Zevnik (eds.) (2017), Politics of Anxiety, London: Rowman and Littlefield International.

Chapter in edited volume

Eklundh, Emmy (forthcoming 2017), “Populism, hegemony and the phantasmatic sovereign: The ties between nationalism and left-wing populism”, in: Óscar García Agustín and Marco Briziarelli, Podemos and the New Political Cycle. Left Populism and Anti-Establishment Politics, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Eklundh, Emmy and Nick Turnbull (2015), “Political Sociology”, in: Rhodes, R. A. W. and Mark Bevir (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science. London: Routledge. 


Emmy teaches modules in Spanish and International Politics, such as:

6AAOB306 Contemporary Spanish Politics: Institutions and Actors

6AAOB322 Contemporary Spanish Politics: Issues and Public Policy

4AASA025 Spain in the Twentieth Century

5AASB073 Spain in the World

6AAOB308 The EU in the International System

4AAOB109 The Making of Modern Europe

Expertise and public engagement

Emmy has commented on Spanish politics and populism for several media outlets, such as Newsweek (see here), the Guardian (link), CNBC Squawk box (link), and Radio France International (link). She is happy to talk to media about populism, social media and new political parties and movements. 

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