I am a political scientist from Portugal, currently pursuing a PhD at the European University Institute (EUI), in Florence. I am interested in political behavior and political culture, with a geographical focus on Europe. The bulk of my research incorporates insights from social psychology and behavioral economics to answer questions such as the following:
How can a participatory, democratic culture be created?
What factors lead to the erosion of such culture?
How can states prevent that erosion from taking place?
I also have a keen interest in methodology—particularly causal inference.
My three-paper dissertation, which is being supervised by Prof. Elias Dinas, seeks to explain the erosion of social norms against extremist behavior. Please visit the page on Research to learn more about my working papers and current work in progress.
Apart from my work in political science, I am a jazz musician and I am actively engaged in supporting incoming refugees. Please visit the dedicated page to learn more about these activities.
I am on Twitter @ValentimVicente.
Please free to get in touch with me if you work on related topics—I would be very happy to hear from you!