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Esmeralda Bon

ESRC DTC PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences



Esmeralda Bon is a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, where she is affiliated with the Centre for British Politics and NICEP. She holds a liberal arts and sciences BA (hons) in the Humanities and Rhetoric & Argumentation from University College Roosevelt and a MARes and MScRes from the University of Amsterdam, in Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy and Communication Science respectively, with political argumentation and political communication as specializations. Her PhD is a collaborative studentship with the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) and mainly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the School of Politics and international Relations.

Research Summary

Current Status PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic Title Public Opinion on Standards in Public Life: Dynamics, Causes and Consequences (Project Title)

Research Interests

  • Political Communication (Practices & Means);
  • Civic Engagement;
  • Populism;
  • Rhetoric & Argumentation Theory;
  • Quantitative, Qualitative and Automated Research methods

Research Supervisors

Primary Funding Sources

Additional Research Experience

  • Former content Analyst for NCCR Democracy, for the University of Zurich, into populism in the European media
  • Former team leader of, and contact person for, students analyzing the (political) content of European TV news broadcasts, for the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
  • Affiliated researcher into (cognitive) literary reading for KAIROS Research Centre
  • Supporting author at the Dutch foundation for commercial communication research SWOCC

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