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Carolin Zorell

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303000

Room: F2239

Carolin Zorell

About Carolin Zorell

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Political Science department and I am affiliated with the University’s interdisciplinary Food & Health program. In the research project within this program I investigate the preconditions and dynamics of political consumerism, with special reference to food consumption and sustainability.

In my research, I connect insights from Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Economics, to gain a better understanding of whether, when and in what ways people participate in politics. In particular, I am concerned with the inquiry of how context, self-perceptions and peer-group influences form political consumerism and sustainable behaviors. For this purpose, I use a combination of different methodological approaches, including quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, experiments and comparative methods.

Before starting at Örebro University, I studied International Business at the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (2006-2010), followed by a Master and Doctorate in Political Science at the University of Mannheim and Essex University (2010-2016). Afterwards, I worked as a researcher in various projects located at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Siegen (2016-2018) and as Lecturer in Political Sociology at the University of Mannheim (2018-2019). Furthermore, I have been Research Associate at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research since 2018.


Articles in journals |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Manuscripts | 

Articles in journals

Schnaudt, C. , van Deth, J. W. , Zorell, C. & Theocharis, Y. (2021). Revisiting norms of citizenship in times of democratic change. Politics.


Chapters in books

van Deth, J. W. & Zorell, C. (2019). Politischer Protest und Konsum. In: Thorsten Faas, Oscar W. Gabriel, and Jürgen Maier, Politikwissenschaftliche Einstellungs- und Verhaltensforschung: Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Studium. Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.

Conference papers

Zorell, C. (2020). Myths on Political Consumerism and the 'Real-World' - Shape of Sustainable Consumption. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference (Online, Virtual Event), August 24-28, 2020.
Zorell, C. (2020). Nudging or contagion? Theorizing on empirical observations regarding the pathways to (non‐)sustainable behaviour. Paper presented at SWEPSA Annual Conference (SWEPSA 2020), (Digital Conference), Sundsvall, Sweden, September 30 - October 2, 2020.