Alberto Stefanelli

Alberto Stefanelli

PhD Candidate, Data Scientist, Consultant

KU Leuven, Institute for Social and Political Opinion Research (ISPO)


I am a quantitative social scientist, statistician, and R enthusiast. I am currently an FWO PhD Fellow at the Institute for Social and Political Opinion Research (ISPO), KU Leuven, Belgium. I finished my MA at the Central European University, Budapest. I have too many hobbies but what never gets me tired is cooking, crafting, and reading about how individuals make choices. Huge Linux fan boy.


My research interests are mostly within the field of public opinion, statistics, voting behaviour, and attitudes towards democracy. My PhD is on radical belief systems, conditionality of liberal values, and political polarisation. I am currently working on the questionnaire design, data collection and analysis of the Belgian National Electoral Study.

Methods wise, I am particularly interested in conjoint analysis, matching and standardization techniques, graphical causal models, machine learning, and big data.

I am a member of the survey and experimental teams of Team Populism, a research group that brings together renowned scholars from Europe and the Americas to study the causes and consequences of populism. Together with Luca and Amandine, I run the MethLab, an initiative to discuss and learn cool research methods.

Private Sector

I am an external consultant and analyst for ZK Analytics and for the European Consortium for Political Research (Methods Schools).

Download my resumé.

  • Voting behaviour
  • Public opinion
  • Populism
  • Radicalism
  • Democratic representation
  • Experimental designs
  • FWO PhD Fellow

    KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

  • MSc in Statistics

    KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

  • MA in Political Science, 2018

    Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

  • BA in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, 2015

    University of Padua, Padua, Italy

Teaching Experience

Instructor for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Conjoint Experiments (ECPR, 2020)

  • Propensity Matching and Standardisation techniques (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2019)

I have served as Teaching Assistant for the following courses:

  • Multilevel Structural Equation Modelling (Bruno Castanho Silva, ECPR, 2021)

  • Structural Equation Modelling (Bart Meuleman, ECPR, 2021)

  • Advance Multilevel Modelling (Levi Littvay, ECPR, 2020)

  • Logistic Regression and GLM (Michał Kotnarowski, 2019, ECPR)

  • Automated Collection of Web and Social Data (Theresa Gessler and Pablo Barbera, ECPR, 2018-2019)

  • R Basics (Akos Mate, ECPR, 2018)

  • Text Mining Boot Camp (ITI Project, Central European University, 2018)

  • Regression Refresher (Levi Littvay, ECPR, 2018)

  • Experimental Political Science (Levi Littvay, Central European University, 2018)

  • Text Analysis Across Discipline (ITI Project, Central European University, 2017)

Recent Publications

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(2018). Costi della politica e finanziamenti: Il livello locale. in Il Finanziamento Alla Politica in Italia, ser. Biblioteca di testi e studi (1189), D. R. Piccio, Ed., Carocci.


(2017). The Electoral Consolidation of the Five Star Movement. in Quaderni di Scienza Politica, vol. Il Movimento Cinque Stelle: Prospettive di Ricerca a Confronto, no. 3, M. Almagisti and P. R. Graziano, Eds., Dec. 2017.


(2016). Dove soffia il vento del Nord. in Cambiamento o Assestamento? Le Elezioni Amministrative Del 2016, Istituto Carlo Cattaneo, 2016, pp. 9–22.