Project Team

Prof Åsa von Schoultz

Principal Investigator

Åsa von Schoultz holds the Swedish Chair in Political Science at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests are directed towards the political behavior of both citizens’ and political elites, with a specific interest in voting behavior, perceptions of democratic processes, intraparty competition, and political behavior of minorities. Åsa is the Director of the Finnish National Election Study (2021-2024) and the PI of the Finnish Parliamentary Candidates Survey (2011-), and besides MobilEU she currently leads the projects IntraComp, funded by the Academy of Finland and DemRek funded by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. Her work has been published in e.g. Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics and Political Geography and West European Politics.

Dr Johanna Peltoniemi

Johanna Peltoniemi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Helsinki, and a board member of the Finnish Political Science Association. She is an editor of a web journal Politiikasta, a member of the Finnish National Election Studies research
consortium and a migration fellow from the Finnish Institute of Migration. Her research interests focus on transnationalism, emigrant voting behaviour and cross-border political representation. Her previous works have been published e.g. in Political Behavior, Representation, Journal of
Contemporary European Studies, and Research on Finnish Society. Her Orchid ID is

Dr Theresa Reidy

Theresa Reidy is a senior lecturer and head of department at the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork. Her research interests lie in the areas of political institutions and electoral behaviour and her recent work has been published in Electoral Studies, Parliamentary Affairs and Politics. Theresa has received funding for her research on elections and referendums from the Irish Research Council, Irish Aid, the Royal Irish Academy and the European Commission. Theresa has given expert evidence to parliamentary committees in Ireland, and internationally. She is co-editor of the International Political Science Review since 2016, and will co-chair the World Congress of Political Science in Buenos Aires in 2023.

Prof Jean-Michel Lafleur

Jean-Michel Lafleur is Research Professor at the University of Liège, Associate Director of CEDEM and a Senior Research Associate at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). He also teaches different courses on migration at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Liège. Jean-Michel’s areas of expertise are the transnational dimension of contemporary migration, EU mobility, social protection and the political participation of immigrants. He is the P.I. of the European Research Council (ERC) project entitled “Migration and Transnational Social Protection in Post-crisis Europe”. During his career Jean-Michel has published extensively on the political participation of migrants in their home and host countries’ elections:

Dr Daniela Vintila

Daniela Vintila is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) of the University of Liège. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her interests lie, especially, in the areas of comparative politics, EU politics, citizenship, migration, electoral behaviour, political representation and social policies. She has focused a substantial part of her research on the political participation of mobile EU citizens and the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin across different EU Member States. Daniela is chair of the ECPR SG Migration and Ethnicity, co-convenor of the IMISCOE SC Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation and vice-chair of the IPSA RC03 European Unification.

Dr Staffan Himmelroos

Staffan Himmelroos (adjunct professor) is University Researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. His primary research interests include democratic innovations, deliberative democracy, and political behavior related to minority groups. He is currently project lead for “Political Behavior in the Finland-Swedish Diaspora”. A research project funded by the Swedish Literature Foundation in Finland. He is also recipient of the Meisel-Laponce Award (2020) for the best article in International Political Science Review 2016-2019.