Movements, Ethics, and Participation
Current research and teaching
My research is about understanding the possibilities for creating an inclusive, antiracist, and antipatriarchal society. I search for answers to this in several projects that each poses more specific questions: how can we understand the roles of emotions in far-right mobilization? How do institutions and policies affect the rise of the far right? What are the possibilities for an ethics of solidarity when public discourse is so much about individual success and individual responsibility?
Apart from these ongoing projects, I'm interested to work with others to understand the possibilities to mobilize broad-based antiracist movements. I'm looking to gather and assess different strategies based on research on movements and democratic institutions. I also gladly participate in collective discussions on masculinity, privilege, and men's roles in feminist movements.
In my previous research I have examined, among other things, discourses on riots, feminist and democratic activism in the Middle East, urban participatory democracy projects, the room for critical reflection in higher education, and environmental movements. I'm happy to discuss and collaborate in research on these themes.
I teach and supervise on topics such as democracy, public administration, social movements, political theory and qualitative methods.
Ph.D. Uppsala University 2014. I've previously been affiliated with the Department of Sociology at New York University, the Center for Social Movement Studies in Florence, the Institute for Urban Research at Malmö University, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Lund, and I've been a "Visiting Democracy Fellow" at Harvard Kennedy School 2017-2019. I joined the Department of Political Science at Lund University in 2021.
Gender and Politics, Global Political Thought, Environmental Politics Research Group, and Public Administration Theory
Areas of expertise:
Protests, inequality, antiracism, the far right, feminist ethics, segregation, urban politics, and contemporary political theory.
Displaying of publications. Sorted by year, then title.
Critical Reflection: John Dewey’s Relational View of Transformative LearningMarkus Holdo
(2023) Journal of Transformative Education, 21 p.9-25
Reflective Inclusion : Learning from Activists What Taking a Deliberative Stance MeansAndrea Felicetti, Markus Holdo
(2023) Political Studies
How can we trust a political leader? Ethics, institutions, and relational theoryMarkus Holdo
(2022) International Political Science Review, 43
Why Inequalities Persist in Public Deliberation: Five Mechanisms of MarginalizationMarkus Holdo, Lizzie Öhrn Sagrelius
(2020) Political Studies, 68 p.634-652
Violations of basic deliberative norms: The systemic turn and problems of inclusionMarkus Holdo
(2020) Politics, 40 p.348-362
Marginalization and Riots: A Rationalistic Explanation of Urban UnrestMarkus Holdo, Bo Bengtsson
(2020) Housing, Theory and Society, 37 p.162-179
Meta-deliberation: everyday acts of critical reflection in deliberative systemsMarkus Holdo
(2020) Politics, 40 p.106-119
A relational perspective on deliberative systems: combining interpretive and structural analysisMarkus Holdo
(2020) Critical Policy Studies, 14 p.21-37
Cooptation and non-cooptation: elite strategies in response to social protestMarkus Holdo
(2019) Social Movement Studies, 18 p.444-462
Sincerity as Strategy: Green Movements and the Problem of Reconciling Deliberative and Instrumental ActionMarkus Holdo
(2019) Environmental Politics, 28 p.595-614
The Virtuous, the Critical and the Trustworthy: Citizen Ideals and Forms of Democratic ParticipationMarkus Holdo
(2018) Scandinavian Political Studies, 41 p.1-21
Post-Islamism and fields of contention after the Arab Spring : feminism, Salafism and the revolutionary youthMarkus Holdo
(2017) Third World Quarterly, 38 p.1800-1815
Reasons of Power: Explaining Non-cooptation in Participatory BudgetingMarkus Holdo
(2016) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 p.378-394
Strategies of Deliberation: Bourdieu and Struggles over Legitimate PositionsMarkus Holdo
(2015) Political Studies, 63 p.1103-1119