Dr Davide Vampa

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Head and shoulders photo of Dr Davide Vampa
Davide Vampa holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence. Before joining Aston University in 2017, he worked as a lecturer at De Montfort University and at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on multi-level party politics and public policy. In particular he is interested in the politics of welfare in countries, such as Italy, Spain and the UK, that have witnessed the gradual strengthening of regions and devolved administrations as arenas of social policy making. He is currently involved in two projects. The first one studies the adjustments of regional governments to austerity and their response to the fiscal constraint imposed by central governments in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The second one aims to assess the links between Brexit and territorial governance in the UK. Additionally, he has worked on the organisation and ideology of populist parties. He has also published articles on the transformation of local and regional representation in Western Europe. 
Email:  d.vampa@aston.ac.uk

Phone: 0121 204 4156

  • PhD in Political and Social Sciences, 2015, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • MRes in Political and Social Sciences, 2012, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • MPhil in European Politics and Society, 2011, University of Oxford, UK
  • MA in European Studies, 2009, King’s College, London
  • BA in History, 2007, University of Milan


  • LP1029 Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
  • LP2022 Introduction to Political Economy
  • LP3030 The Far Right in Europe
  • LPM039 Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis



Vampa, D. (2016) The Regional Politics of Welfare in Italy, Spain and Great Britain, Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

Drápalová, E. and D. Vampa (2018) ‘ The Decline of Traditional Partisanship in Spanish Municipalities: Corruption, Inequality and Territorial Mobilisation’, Representation, https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2018.1539029

Vampa, D. (2018) ‘Developing a New Measure of Party Dominance: Definition, Operationalization and Application to 54 European Regions’, Government and Opposition, https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2018.12

Vampa, D. (2017) ‘Matteo Salvini’s Northern League in 2016: between stasis and new opportunities’, Italian Politics, 32: 32–50.

Vampa, D. (2017) ‘From National to Sub-National? Exploring the Territorial Dimension of Social Assistance in Italy’, Journal of Social Policy, 46(2): 269–289.  

Vampa, D. (2016) ‘Declining partisan representation at the local level: assessing and explaining the strengthening of local lists in Italian municipalities (1995-2014)’, Local Government Studies, 44(2): 579–597. 

Vampa, D. (2015) ‘The 2015 regional election in Italy: fragmentation and crisis of sub-national democracy’, Regional & Federal Studies, 25(4): 365–378

Vampa, D. (2015) ‘Local representative democracy and protest politics: the case of the 5 Star Movement’, Contemporary Italian Politics, 7(3): 232–250.

Vampa, D. (2014) ‘The Sub-State Politics of Welfare in Italy: Assessing the Effect of Territorial Mobilization on the Development of Region-Specific Social Governance’, Regional & Federal Studies, 24(4): 473–491.

Vampa, D. (2011) ‘Post social democracy: political and organisational reforms on the Italian left’, Renewal, 19(1): 27–46.

Vampa, D. (2009) ‘The Death of Social Democracy. The case of the Italian Democratic Party’, Bulletin of Italian Politics (now Contemporary Italian Politics), 1(2): 347–70.

Book Chapters

Vampa, D. (2018) ‘Il centrodestra a guida leghista’, in M. Valbruzzi and R. Vignati (eds.), Il vicolo cieco, Bologna: Il Mulino.

Vampa, D. (2017) ‘La Lega Nord di Matteo Salvini nel 2016: tra stasi e nuove opportunità’, in A. Chiaramont and A. Wilson (eds.), Politica in Italia, Bologna: Il Mulino.

Vampa, D. (2017) ‘I partiti e le campagne del NO’, in A. Pritoni, M. Valbruzzi e R. Vignati (eds.), La prova del No: Il sistema politico italiano dopo il referendum costituzionale, Rubettino, 75-92.

McDonnell, D. and D. Vampa (2016) ‘The Lega Nord’, in R. Heinisch and O. Mazzoleni (eds.), Understanding Populist Party Organisation: A Comparative Analysis, Palgrave Macmillan, 105–129.

Vampa, D. (2016) ‘Il centrodestra: c’è ma non si vede’, in M. Valbruzzi and R. Vignati (eds.), Cambiamento o assestamento? Le elezioni amministrative del 2016, Bologna: Istituto Carlo Cattaneo, 297–308.

Hine, D. and D. Vampa (2011) ‘Another Divorce: the PDL in 2010’, in E. Gualmini & E. Pasotti (eds.), Italian Politics: Much Ado about Nothing?, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 69-91.

I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:

  • Multi-level politics and public policy, with particular focus on sub-national – regional and local – levels
  • Regionalist and Sub-state Nationalist Parties
  • Comparative Populism
  • Party Organisations
  • Social Democracy

Prospective research students who would like to work on the areas listed above are welcome to email me