Virpi Salojärvi

Postdoctoral researcher

Researcher info


University of Helsinki


Media and communication studies

Contact information
+358 2941 20892

conflict diaspora media polarization political leaders populism venezuela

Research projects

  • Project date 1.9.2017
  • Head of research Virpi Salojärvi
  • Language n/a

Mainstreaming Populism in the 21st Century is a research consortium funded by the Academy of Finland. It is based on collaboration between media and communication studies, as well as political science and political theory researchers at the universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Turku. The research consortium explores different forms of mainstreaming of populism in Europe and the Americas in the 21st century. The project will analyse how populist parties have become part of the mainstream, how other parties have coloured their policies increasingly with a populist streak and how different mainstreaming forms of populism have transformed public debate, the media and democracy in various polities. One of the country case studies in the project focuses on Venezuela. This sub project is conducted by Salojärvi.