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Dr Javier Sajuria, Licentiate in Law - J.D. (PUC Chile), MSc (UCL), PhD (UCL)


Lecturer in Politics

Telephone: 020 7882 8591
Room Number: Arts One, 2.29
Office Hours: Monday 1.45-2.45pm & Thursday 11am-12pm.


I obtained my MSc and PhD from the Department of Political Science, University College London. Before that, I finished my law degree (J.D.) from PUC Chile. Prior to joining Queen Mary, I was a Lecturer in Politics at Newcastle University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde, working as part of the team behind the ESCR funded Representative Audit of Britain project, part of Parliamentary Candidates UK. During that time, I was also part of the Constitution Unit team as a research associate.

Twitter: @jsajuria



Undergraduate Teaching


Research Interests:

My research interests include political behaviour, comparative politics, social media and politics, and political methodology. My doctoral research aimed to provide a general theory of online social capital and its effects on political participation. My research now focuses on electoral politics, elite politics (candidates and legislators), techniques for latent variable estimation, and the study of false information.

Examples of research funding:

2017-2018 Chilean Candidate study, private donor (Principal Investigator) - £15,000

2017 ESRC Extension Grant, GE2017 Candidate survey (Associate researcher) - £50,000

2017 – 2019 ESRC Secondary Data Initiative (under revision, Co-Investigator) - £200,000

2014-2015 UCL School of Public Policy Networking Grant - £1,000

2012-2014 UCL Graduate School Conference Fund - £1,200 over three years

2013 UCL School of Public Policy Summer School scholarship - £1,100

2012 UCL Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy Departmental Bursary - £3,000

2010 Chevening Scholarship awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) - £24,000

2010 International Visitors Leadership Program awarded by the State Department (USA)


Journal articles

Theocharis, Y., Vitoratou, S., Sajuria, J. (forthcoming), “Civil Society in Times of Crisis: Understanding Collective Action Dynamics in Digitally-Enabled Volunteer Networks”. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication

Sajuria, J., vanHeerde-Hudson, J., Hudson, D., Dasandi, N., Theocharis, Y. (2015) “Tweeting Alone? An analysis of Bridging and Bonding Social Capital in Online Networks”, American Politics Research, vol. 43 no. 4 708-738

Fábrega, J., Sajuria, J. (2014) “The Emergence Of Political Discourse in Online Networks: The Case of the Occupy Movement”, Int. J. of Organisational Design and Engineering, Vol 3(3/4) pp. 210-222

Sajuria, J. (2013), “Is the Internet Changing Our Conception of Democracy?: An Analysis of the Internet Use During Protests and its Effect on the Perception of Democracy”. Rev. Politica, Vol. 50(1) pp. 9-29

Book chapters

Sajuria, J., “More Political, Less Voting: the Internet Paradox”, in “More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box” (eds. Rob Ford & Phil Cowley)

Sajuria, J., Fábrega, J. (2015), “Do We Need Pools? Why Twitter Will Not Replace Opinion Surveys But Can Complement Them” in Digital Methods for Social Sciences, edited by Helene Snee, Christine Hine, Yvette Morey, Steven Roberts and Hayley Watson, Palgrave

Sajuria, J. (2013). “Internet et conception de la démocratie aujourd’hui”. In Les réseauz sociaux sur Internet à l’heure des transitions democratiques, Siheem Najar (ed.), IMRC - Karthala, Paris

Sajuria, J. (2009), “Descentralización de Partidos Políticos: Una Propuesta de Financiamiento Público Permanente” Chapter in Pensando Chile desde las Regiones, CONAREDE; Santiago, Chile

PhD Supervision

Javier is interested in supervising doctoral theses in the following areas:

  • Political Behaviour (particularly electoral behaviour, political participation)
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Elites and political parties
  • Social Media, ICTs, and politics

Public Engagement

Invited talks


“Using Hybrid Data to Study Hybrid Events”, Warwick University Q-Step Centre


“Assessing Non-Response in Candidate Surveys”, Strathclyde University

“Brexit and its Consequences for Latin America”, LSE

“The Myth of the Local Candidate'', Escuela de Gobierno, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


“Bowling Alone: Social Capital in Online Networks”, Oxford Internet Institute.

“Workshop in Digital Activism”, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Lunch seminars, Instituto Asuntos Públicos Universidad de Chile


“Chile: 50 Reforms in the First 100 Days”, King’s College London


“X-Ray to Voluntary Voting: Chile”, LSE

“Internet, Protests and Democracy: A comparative analysis from the UK and Chile” , Research Institute of the Contemporary Mahgreb (IRMC), Tunisia.

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