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Valentina is an economic sociologist who is interested in socio-political ideas of elites shaping the interpretative framework of the electorate regarding a country´s political economy. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Sociology Department of the University of Cambridge. Her thesis investigates the rise of economic nationalist ideas in political elite´s discourse. This entails analyzing policy proposals such as the advocacy of monetary nationalism and protectionist trade tariffs in Austria and the UK.

For this, she was awarded the Adam Smith Fellowship for research on political economy by the George Mason University, US.

Before coming to Cambridge, she undertook her undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. There she worked on sociological perspectives of the financial crash of 2008. In particular, she assessed different cultural and socio-political ideas underlying economic models, which ultimately led to the breakdown of the financial system.

This research interest led Valentina to undertake her first Master´s degree in Economic Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her Master´s thesis analyzed the impact of the euro-crisis on European identity. Pursuing the study of social and political underpinnings of European economic integration further, she moved to Cambridge to explore the 2013 centralization of banking supervision through the European Central Bank for her second Master´s thesis.

Based on her specialisation, she then taught seminars at the University of Innsbruck, before returning to Cambridge for her PhD in October 2016.

Research Interests

Economic sociology, international political economy, comparative political economy, economic history, institutionalist theory


Undergraduate Supervisor, Human, Social and Political Science • 2nd Year Students: Modern Societies II • Final Year Students: Advanced Social Theory, Global Capitalism, Modern Britain • Exchange Students: Pembroke College International Programmes

University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, AUT

Seminar Lecturer, Department of Sociology • 1st Year Students: Introduction to Social-Scientific Work • 2nd Year Students: Market, State and Social Institutions

University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK

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Key Publications - Book Chapters

Ausserladscheider, V. (forthcoming) Wirtschaftsnationalismus. In Sparsam, J., et al. (eds) Soziologie kapitalistischer Gesellschaften.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Ausserladscheider, V. (2019) Beyond Economic Insecurity and Cultural Backlash: Economic Nationalism and the Rise of the Far Right. Sociology Compass.

Gusenbauer, I., Bartel-Kratochvil, R., Markus, T., Hörtenhuber, S., Schmerer, M., Ausserladscheider, V., Lindenthal, T. (2018) How a region benefits from regionally labeled cheese products in Austria: a model-based empirical assessment along different value chains. Organic Agriculture.

Ausserladscheider, V. (2016) The ECB´s Stress Test: The Logic of Legitimization and the Locus of Power in the European Union. Innsbruck Journal of Political Science and Sociology, Vol. 3.

PhD Supervisor

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


Funds for Women Graduates, Foundations Grant UK Awarded for final year Doctoral Studies Sept. 2019 – Jun. 2020

Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust Funding, University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK Awarded for Doctoral Studies in Political Economy Jul. 2018 – Jun. 2020

Adam Smith Fellowship, George Mason University Arlington, US Awarded for Doctoral Studies in Political Economy Aug. 2017 – Aug. 2020

Top of Master of Science Class, London School of Economics and Political Science London, UK. Awarded for Top 5% in The Sociology of Markets and Economic Life Sept. 2014

Additional Information

Conference Organisation:

Research Network Economic Sociology Manchester, UK 14th European Sociological Association Conference – Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging Aug. 2019

Summer School Series on Methods for Computation Social Science Berlin, GER Methods for Analyzing Multimedia Data July 2019

Panel on Changing Political Economies Cambridge, UK 50th Anniversary Conference, Department of Sociology Nov. 2018

Crossing Boundaries: Economic Sociology and its Intersections Konstanz, GER ESA Economic Sociology Research Network Mid-term Conference Sept. 2018

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, Darwin College
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