The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Sebastian Popa

Senior Lecturer


I  am a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics. My current research focuses on how political elites shape public opinion, with a specific focus on how they use social media in this regard.


  • PhD in Political Science, Central European University (Budapest)
  • MA in Political Science, Central European University (Budapest)
  • BA in Political Science, Babeș-Bolyai University

Previous positions

  • Research Fellow, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim


Research Interests

My research interests include political behaviour in a comparative perspective; public opinion; political knowledge;  political communication, European Parliament elections; use of social media in electoral campaigns; and quantitative methods.

Current work and research projects

My current recent research agenda focuses on integrating tools provided by the analysis of social media data in the study of elite communication, public opinion, as well as in the elite-public interaction. In recent projects I shows how social media data can offer unique opportunities to study attitude formation and issue evolution, and how it offers political elites a new tool to inform the public in relation to new political developments

Additionally I am also a core member of the European Elections Studies team. As part of the team I have been involved in the planing, preparation and implementation of the different components of the EES 2014. Currently I am part of the core team who is responsible from preparing the 2019 EES project.


Undergraduate Teaching

Module leader POL2011: Democracy or Dictatorship?

Module leader POL2081: Research Methods in Politics

Lecturer POL1047: Power, Participation & Democracy: Comparative Perspectives 

Lecturer POL3045: Dissertation in Politics


Available as a dissertation supervisor for students interested in political behaviour, public opinion, elections, public opinion, and European Union politics.