Vicky Triga
eDC, Zrich
Research Coordinator
Telephone: +41 (0)62 836 9431

Vasiliki Triga holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. Since 2006 she works as a senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d) at the University of Zurich. Before, she has been a visiting fellow at the CNRS (Paris) and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Faculty of Psychology) where she worked on several research projects with prior focus on the methodology of social sciences. Her main research interests concern social science research methods, especially questionnaire design, focus groups and techniques of discourse analysis. She is especially interested in ICT/internet based applications of these social science research techniques and the emergence of new social movements and the use of new technologies.

She is one of the lead researchers in a number of projects:

1. Internet and institutions of representation: The project objective is to map the changing dynamics of Internet use by political parties and parliaments. It focuses on a comparative website analysis of legislatures and political parties in Southern European countries (including Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Portugal).

2. Voting advice applications (VAAs): This project covers the electoral contests in many countries around the world with the objective to aid voters in their electoral choice by matching a citizens' stated policy preferences with the positions of candidates or political parties. The project is run by a group of researchers in eDC and the Laboratory of Political Research at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The team has conducted thus far experiments on the UK general elections (UK Election Compass), the Brazilian presidential elections (Meuvoto 2010) and the present Greek regional elections (Helpmevote 2010).

3. Internet and new social movements: This project addresses the question how the internet is used by (new) social movements and the youth through the theories of collective action of social psychology. The focus is on the rhetoric and forms of argumentation employed by online communities. The first part of the empirical work is concentrated on the Greek context involving qualitative website analysis of blogs.