Listen to our Director Fernando López-Alves on the Greening Urban Futures Podcast.

Our Director Fernando Lopez-Alves was interviewed by the Greening Urban Futures Forum. He spoke with them about his latest book: Populist Nationalism in Europe and the Americas and discussed polarisation phenomena in cities. Through the lens of the emerging nationalist and populist movements, Fernando explained how urbanisation and sprawl are directly affecting the future of cities, globalisation, and politics in America and presented his views on the challenges he sees emerging between increasingly polarised urban-rural societies.

Listen to Professor Fernando López-Alves HERE.

Conference by Pablo Pardo about “Media Power in post-truth America”, next 14 december at the Faculty of Law.

The Global and International Masters Program organizes a new conference about “Media Power in post-truth America”. The speaker, Pablo Pardo, is the US Bureau Chief of El Mundo.

Media and Power in post-truth America by Pablo Pardo, US Bureau Chief of El Mundo.

Journalism is crumbling under the “free for all” instituted by the internet. Politicians and companies can communicate directly to their audiences without intermediaries. What was initially seen as a tool for democracy and transparency has turned out to be a golden era of propaganda as shown by the United States under Donald Trump. Can democracy survive without media?

Date: Friday 14 December 2018.

Venue: Room 009, Faculty of Law.



Professor López-Alves, Director of the Global and International Studies Program, just published a new book: Populist Nationalism in Europe and the Americas.

Professor López-Alves, Director of the Global and International Studies Masters Program, just published a new book Populist Nationalism in Europe and the Americas.



Populist nationalism fuses beliefs that citizens are being exploited by a privileged elite with claims that the national culture and interests are under threat from enemies within or without. Ideologically fluid, populist nationalists decry “out-of-touch” institutions such as political parties and the mainstream press while extolling the virtues of the “people.” They claim that only populists can truly represent the nation and solve its problems, and often call for unorthodox solutions that appeal to the common people.

The recent spread of populist nationalism throughout the world has triggered a growing interest in the subject, led mainly by journalists. The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump in the US have provoked a flurry of media coverage in Europe and the Americas, along with parliamentary debates. Some social scientists have sought to explain the resurgence of nationalism and the spread of populism in recent decades, but important questions remain and most of the scholarship has not adequately addressed the fusion of nationalism and populism. It fails to examine the combination of populism and nationalism comparatively, especially the contrast between the more progressive and leftist versions such as those in Latin America, and the more traditional conservative varieties that are gaining strength in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This interdisciplinary collection by experts on Europe and the Americas fills this void. The volume examines various experiences with populist nationalism, and offers theoretical tools to assess its future. Some chapters are in-depth country case studies and others take a broader perspective, but all open the door for meaningful comparison.