Thank you so much for the introduction @noemi !
I was born in Moscow. I was quite young when I first moved to another country for family reasons. I have dual citizenship (Russian and French). In some way, I do not feel myself attached to a specific place. I lived in many different societies (China, France, Portugal) before my family settled in the UK. I think it was a great experience for me. To adjust to a new country makes me see the world differently. I also suggest that it may have an impact on the personality. I realised the importance to be open minded and to accept the fact that people would have different perspectives. Perhaps, that is why I turned to the study of politics that is antagonistic, par excellence .
A little more specific on my work. I try to apply the knowledge that exists in psychology to an actual political situation (which is populism). Specifically, I am interested in the way how people are attracted by this kind of ideas. My research is transdisciplinary because the core ideas were developed within social sciences. Among the underpinnings of populism, I would emphasise the logic of intergroup relationships which is differentiation (I refer here to the division ‘the people’ and ‘the elites’/ ’foreign others’). Now, I am looking for the understanding of the ‘Manichean’ feature of populism which might be expressed through bias of social perception. Speaking about the factors of the spread of populism, it is probably advantageous to consider emotional dimension. For example, I would mention the emotion of ressentiment that has probably amplifying function within mass discontent. I think this emotion reflects the the imbalance between individuals’ expectations and the reality (I refer to Davies’ J-curve hypothesis) and triggers negative perception of ‘others’. I suggest this emotionalization in politics (and populism is an example) should be uncovered and explained, thus, it is essential to maintain exchange and discussion on the topic avoiding exclusionary discourses. Again, I was pleased to discover this platform