Professor Aletta Norval
University of Essex
Professor Aletta Norval is Reader in Political Theory and Director of the PhD Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the processes that inform and sustain political identity formation, and she is a specialist in the analysis of political discourses. Her work is internationally recognised. She is frequently invited to teach abroad on her topics of research, most recently in Denmark and New Zealand. She is a regular contributor to the Essex Summer School in Data Analysis, and brings expertise in the analysis of political discourses through qualitative methods to the project. She has published widely and has been successful in obtaining external funding from the ESRC and the Leverhulme Foundation for her research.