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Dr Raimondas Ibenskas DPhil, BA, MA

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Erasmus/Exchange Coordinator

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Lecturer in Politics and International Relations


Raimondas joined the Division of Politics and International Relations in 2016. Prior to joining Southampton, he was a Marie Curie-Sklodowska research fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, funded by an individual research grant from the European Commission for the project “Unstable Party Supply in Established and New European Democracies”. He also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Gothenburg, in the Department of Political Science and the Center for European research (CERGU), funded by the Swedish Institute through its Visby programme. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2012) and an MA in Political Science awarded with Distinction by the Central European University (2007). He gained experience in applied public policy research by working for the Public Policy and Management Institute in Vilnius, Lithuania (2007-2008).

Raimondas’ research interests lie in the field of comparative politics with a specific focus on political parties and party systems. The main strand of his research examines key yet under-studied aspects of instability of political parties, such as party splits, mergers, and electoral coalitions, in both Western and Eastern Europe. His other research projects have examined party organisation, retrospective economic voting, and the application of quantitative text analysis in the research on EU lobbying.








Research interests


Party Politics

Electoral Politics

European Union Politics

Lobbying and Policymaking

Research Methodology



International Student Officer


PAIR2031/PAIR3039 Comparative Party Politics 
PAIR1002 Political Systems
PAIR 2004 Research Skills in Politics and International Relations



Dr Raimondas Ibenskas
Office hours: 11am-12pm Thu and 1pm-2pm Fri.

Room Number:58/3081

Telephone:(023) 8059 3846

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