João Cancela is concluding his PhD in Political Science at NOVA University of Lisbon (FCSH-UNL), where he works as a teaching assistant and researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI-NOVA). He also works as an invited lecturer in the School of Economics and Business of the University of Minho, where he has taught various courses in the field of political science.
Over recent years, he has participated in a wide range of research projects. Currently, he participates in the project “Varieties of Democracy” (University of Gothenburg and University of Notre Dame) and in its Regional Center for Southern Europe, established at FCSH-UNL and coordinated by Tiago Fernandes. He is also part of the team of the project “Crisis, Political Representation and Democratic Renewal: The Portuguese case in the Southern European contexto”, coordinated by Marco Lisi (FCSH-UNL), and André Freire and Emmanouil Tsatsanis (ISCTE-IUL). Between 2015 and 2016 he was a visiting doctoral researcher at the University of Siena, in Italy. Prior to that he worked in the research office of the Portuguese High Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue.
Among his most recent publications about political participation and related topics are:
João Cancela (2017). “Eleições: Quadros institucionais e dinâmicas de participação” In Tiago Fernandes (coord.), Variedades de Democracia na Europa do Sul, 1968-2016: uma Comparação entre Espanha, França, Grécia, Itália e Portugal, Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais. (link)
Marco Lisi and João Cancela (2017), “Types of party members and their implications: results from a survey of Portuguese party members”, Party Politics, (online first).
João Cancela, António Luís Dias and Marco Lisi (2017). “The impact of endorsements in intra-party elections: evidence from open primaries in a new Portuguese party”, Politics, Vol 37, Issue 2, pp. 167 – 183. (link)
João Cancela and Benny Geys (2016). “Explaining Voter Turnout: A Meta-Analysis of National and Subnational Elections”, Electoral Studies 42, 264–275. (link)
Tiago Fernandes, João Cancela, Michael Coppedge, Staffan I. Lindberg and Allen Hicken (2015). “Measuring Political Participation in Southern Europe: The Varieties of Democracy Approach”. Varieties of Democracy Institute: Working Paper No. 15. (link)