After finishing my master´s degree at Åbo Akademi University in 2014 I continued straight away with working om my doctoral thesis at the same university. Fast forward to the autumn of 2019 and I finally finished my thesis, titled "Public Attitudes Towards the European Union: A study explaining the variations in public support towards the European Union within and between countries over time".
I am currently involved in The Center of Excellence ”The Future of Democracy” (FutuDem) at Åbo Akademi University, which sets out to study democracy with a comparative and multi-methodological approach.

Professional interests

I have previously focused on political attitudes towards European integration in general and towards the European Union specifically. Although my current research interest centers around democratic backsliding and autocratization tendencies in Eastern Europe.


Political Institutions in the European Union (advanced level)

Politikens teori och praxis (bachelor level)

Idéer och ideologier (bachelor level)

Research Areas


comparative politics, Democratic diffusion, European elections, European Union, Finland, European integration, Social Attitudes

Peer-reviewed publications

A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Luottamus Euroopan Unioniin (2019)
Thomas Karv, Tapio Raunio
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Party switching between the Parliamentary - and EP elections (2019)
Thomas Karv
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Whom do Finns trust? In-group and out-group trust in Finland (2019)
Thomas Karv, Maria Bäck

Other publications

D4 Published development or research report or study
Kommuninvånarenkäten i Närpes 2019: Resultatrapport (2019)
Thomas Karv, Kim Strandberg
D2 Article in a professional book
The European elections 2019 in Finland - not even a second-order election (2019)
Kim Strandberg, Thomas Karv

Last updated on 2020-10-01 at 11:09

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