Audrey Vandeleene

affiliated with the university, PhD

Research areas and keywords


  • political sociology, political participation, Qualitative research methods, Quantitative methods


  • Party politics, candidate selection, intra-party democracy
  • Electoral systems
  • Gender and politics

Current research

My research interests cover party politics and electoral systems, with a specific focus on the intraparty decision-making processes and the sociology of political elites. In my PhD dissertation (UCLouvain, Belgium, July 2016), I conducted a comprehensive analysis of the selection processes of 11 Belgian political parties at the occasion of the regional, federal and European elections of May 2014 in Belgium. I analysed the impact of the selection methods on the profile of the selected candidates. My current research project at Lund University is entitled “The unlucky winners: a comparative analysis of Swedish and Belgian non-elected popular candidates”. I investigate the intraparty competition pattern by - in a first phase - building a typology of electoral candidates according to both their electoral success and their popularity and in a second phase, by scrutinising the strategies of the ‘unlucky winners’ in the run-up to the next elections. For this project, I combine both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Recent research outputs

Legein, T., Audrey Vandeleene, Randour, F., Heyvaert, P., Perrez, J. & Reuchamps, M., 2018 Dec 12, In : Basic Income Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Audrey Vandeleene & De Winter, L., 2018 Apr, The Selection of Politicians in Times of Crisis. Coller, X., Cordero, G. & Jaime-Castillo, A. M. (eds.). Routledge, p. 49-65

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Audrey Vandeleene, De Winter, L. & Baudewyns, P., 2018, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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