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Clara Faulí Molas

PhD Candidate, Political Science


Twitter: @Clara_Molas



Doctoral Thesis Summary

My dissertation focuses on European elections and environmental issues. It aims at investigating whether European elections establish an electoral connection based on the environment, a key EU policy issue. I assess whether environmental concern leads parties to incorporate environmental issues in their campaign, and whether parties' environmental salience increases voting turnout and influences citizens' voting decision. I combine analysis at the individual and aggregate level. I obtain parties' environmental salience from manifestos (mainly from the Euromanifesto dataset) and tweets. I am collecting tweets from candidates to the European elections during the weeks preceding the election. Tweets that discuss environmental issues will be identified using a dictionary of environmental words.


I started my PhD at Trinity College Dublin in September 2019. Since then, I have been Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate modules Research Methods A, Comparative Politics B, Public Opinion, and Political Participation. In the Hilary Term 2022, I was co-instructor for the module Research Methods B.
Before starting the PhD, I worked as a researcher at Open Evidence S. L. (2015-2019). In this consulting company I conducted research in the areas of political participation, policy evaluation, behavioural economics, and health economics.
Previously, I did a traineeship at the European Commission (2014) and another one in Diputació de Barcelona (2013).
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administration Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2011) and a MSc in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Kent (2012).


Faulí, C., K. Stewart, F. Porcu, J. Taylor, A. Theben, B. Baruch, F. Folkvord, F. Nederveen, A. Devaux, and F.
Lupiáñez-Villanueva (2018). "Study on the benefits and drawbacks of remote voting." Brussels: European
Commission. Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers.

Anastasiadou D., Lupiañez-Villanueva F., Faulí C., Arcal Cunillera J., Serrano-Troncoso E. (2018). Cost-effectiveness of the mobile application TCApp combined with face-to-face CBT treatment compared to face-to-face CBT treatment alone for patients with an eating disorder: study protocol of a multi-centre
randomised controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, May 2;18(1):118.