Dr Adrian Favero

Dr Adrian Favero

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Research Fellow

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
B15 2TT

Adrian Favero is a Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLSIS) in the University of Birmingham. He is currently working on an ESRC funded project 'The survival of the mass party: Evaluating activism and participation among populist radical right parties (PRRPs) in Europe' (aka “Populism In Action”) (ES/R011540/1). He received his PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh where he also worked as a Course Organiser and Teaching Fellow in International Relations. Adrian was also involved in the organisation of workshops on Scotland’s Future Relations with the UK and the EU. Previously, he obtained a BA in Political Science from the University of Zurich and an MA in European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Adrian's research was published in Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Journal of Common Market Studies (with C. Llewellyn, L. Cram, and R.L. Hill) and European Political Science Review. He received the European Urban Research Association (EURA) Young Scholar Award and a grant from the Fran Trust, Scotland. Since 2018, Adrian is also employed as a Government & Opposition fellow.


BA in Primary Education (Teachers College, Rorschach. Switzerland)

BA in Political Science (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

MA in European Studies (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

PhD in Politics (University of Edinburgh, UK)


Adrian's previous research explored aspects of European integration, local politics, and public opinion in post-communist settings, with a particular focus on the influence of local urban politics on migration incentives and EU attitudes. Further research projects included comparative assessments of governance in post-communist cities and gender-related attitudes towards the EU.

As a research assistant at the University of Edinburgh, Adrian analysed the influence of Russian Twitter accounts on the Brexit debate as part of an ESRC funded project. Prior to that, he was employed as a research assistant at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

In his current role as Research Fellow for “The survival of the mass party” research project, Adrian evaluates why the mass party is still a popular model from the perspective of both the party members and party elites. The aim is to build a more nuanced conceptual framework for assessing differential party development.

Research interests

  • Local (urban) politics
  • Party politics in comparative perspective
  • European integration
  • Public opinion
  • Migration
  • Mixed Methods research

Other activities

Professional memberships: IPSA, PSA, UACES


Favero, Adrian (2019): The Influence of Gender on Attitudes towards the EU and Migration: Evaluating the ‘Winners’ of European Integration (forthcoming in European Political Science Review).

Favero, Adrian (2019): Shall I Stay or Shall I Go? Assessing the Influence of Local Conditions in Polish cities on Transnational Mobility Strategies. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 27(3), 290-302.

Llewellyn, Clare, Cram, Laura, Favero, Adrian and Hill, Robin L. (2019): For Whom the Bell Trolls: Troll Behaviour in the Twitter Brexit Debate. Journal of Common Market Studies 57(5), 1148-1164.

Favero, Adrian and Goodman, Christopher (2014): Kongruenz und Politische Partizipation in Metropolregionen. National Centre of Competence in Research, University of Zurich Working Paper, Series 77, 15 – 36.