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Sociology Research


Valentina is an economic sociologist who is interested in socio-political ideas of elites shaping the interpretative framework of citizens´ understanding of the economy. Currently, she is a post-doc at the Department of Economic Sociology at the University of Vienna. Her research investigates the legitimization discourse of political-economic change during times of crisis.
Prior to this, Valentina completed her PhD at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. Her thesis investigated the rise of economic nationalist ideas in political elite's discourse. For this, she was awarded the Adam Smith Fellowship for research on political economy by the George Mason University, US, funding from the Cambridge Political Economy Trust Fund, and a grant from Funds for Graduate Women.
Before coming to Cambridge, she undertook her undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, a Master´s degree in Economic Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a MPhil degree in Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Economic Sociology, International and Comparative Political Economy, Political Elites, Constructivism, Discourse Analysis

Research Projects

“COVID-19 and The Construction of the Coming Economic Crisis” (with James D.G. Wood and Matthew Sparkes), manuscript in progress.
“Trumpian Populism and the Constructed Crisis of Global Order” (with James D.G. Wood), manuscript in progress.


University of Vienna, AUT
MA course Economic Sociology Introduction, April 2021 - Present MA course Advanced Economic Sociology, April 2021 - Present BA course Quantitative Data Analysis, April 2021 - July 2021

University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK
Undergraduate Supervisor, Human, Social and Political Science Oct. 2016 – Present • 2nd Year Students: Modern Societies II • 3rd Year Students: Advanced Social Theory, Global Capitalism, Modern Britain • Exchange Students: Pembroke College International Programmes Undergraduate Lecturer, Human, Social and Political Science • 3rd Year Students: Global Capitalism Teaching Assistant, Human, Social and Political Science Oct. 2020 – Present • Supervision Coordination

University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, AUT
Seminar Lecturer, Department of Sociology Oct. 2015 – Present • 1st Year Students: Introduction to Social-Scientific Work • 2nd Year Students: Market, State and Social Institutions

Key Publications - Books

Ausserladscheider, V. (in progress) From Economic Neoliberalism to Economic Nationalism: Ideational Change in the Economic Programme of the Austrian Freedom Party 1956-2017, working title, manuscript in progress.

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Ausserladscheider, V. (2021) “The Haider Phenomenon and the Rise of Austrian Neoliberalism” In Culture, Sociality and Morality: New Applications of Mainline Political Economy (2021). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Ausserladscheider, V. (2021) "Economic nationalism in far-right discourse” In Handbook of Economic Nationalism (2021). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

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

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Ausserladscheider, V. (2020) “Populism, Brexit, and the Manufactured Crisis of British Neoliberalism” (with James D.G. Wood), Review of International Political Economy

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

Thomas Jeffrey Miley

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


Funds for Women Graduates, Foundations Grant UK
£4,000 awarded for final year Doctoral Studies Sept. 2019 – Jan. 2020

Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust Funding, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
£7,000 awarded for Doctoral Studies in Political Economy Jul. 2018 – Aug. 2020

Adam Smith Fellowship, George Mason University Arlington, US
$35,000 awarded for Doctoral Studies in Political Economy Aug. 2017 – Aug. 2021

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

Performance Scholarship, University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, AUT
€2,000 awarded for Grade Average above 1,4 Oct. 2011

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:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Affiliate, Darwin College
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