Barbara works in the fields of comparative politics and international relations. She is particularly interested the effects of territorial conflict on autocratic regime survival and democratisation, as part of the reverse causality hypothesis in the democratic peace research project. Additionally, Barbara has conducted and published research in the areas of British politics, political sociology and political psychology, with special interest in psycho-political determinants of anti-immigrant prejudice and racism. Prior to taking up a position at the University of York, she was a research assistant on the LIVEWHAT project, a multi-national initiative aiming to uncover the effects of the 2008 financial crisis on civil societies across Europe. She has completed her BA and MA degrees at the University of Sheffield, and has recently defended her doctoral thesis there.
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