Irene Rapado

Assistant Professor of Media and Communications
Department of Communication and Behavioral Sciences , School of Education and Communication


Irene Rapado’s research interests are journalism, political communication and their interplay. She is particularly interested in the discourses of the leftist populist movement parties that emerged in Southern Europe following the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. In her PhD thesis, she studied the Spanish movement party Podemos as a case of performative democracy, i.e., as an organization that enacted democracy as part of undertaking political action and of building a political identity in its (online) discourse. From a critical analytic perspective, Rapado examined Podemos’ online discourses of performative democracy in the run-up to, and aftermath of, the Spanish December 2015 general election, that eventually brought the party into the parliament. Her research contributed to broadening the understanding of left-wing populist discourse in the field of Critical Discourse Studies.

Rapado has also presented her work at international and national scientific conferences and reviewed scientific articles for the Journal of Language and Politics. In spring 2022, Rapado become an external collaborator of the Research Group on Political Communication, Journalism, and Democracy at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). She is also part of the European research project Mediadelcom.

Outside media and communication, she has co-authored a journal article in the field of applied informatics whose aim was to conceptualize the components of the Consumer Direction theory in the context of digital technologies and people with dementia.


Irene Rapado is assistant professor in media and communication studies at Jönköping University. She received her PhD in media and communication from Örebro University in 2019. Originally from Spain, she moved to Sweden in 2012 and graduated with MA in media and communication studies (Örebro University) two years later. Before moving to Sweden, she graduated with BA in Audiovisual Communications from the Universitat de València in 2009.

Rapado has a solid teaching career in the fields of media, communication, and information science. Since autumn 2021, Rapado has been working at the media and communication undergraduate programme and the master in sustainable communication at Jönköping University. In addition, she has carried out teaching in free-standing courses offered by the School of Education and Communication.


Tsertsidis, A., Kolkowska, E., Rapado, I. (2021). Consumer direction in the field of digital technologies and people with dementia: a literature review. More information

Doctoral thesis

Rapado, I. (2019). Performing and Re/Defining Democracy in Post-austerity Spain: Political Communication and Discursive Practices of the 'Podemos' Party-Movement (Doctoral thesis, Örebro: Örebro University). More information

Conference paper

Berglez, P. Eberwein, T. Jansová, I. Krakovsky, C. Nord, L. Ots, M. , ... Waschková Císařová L. (2023). Media Change in Europe as a Structure-Agency Process: Results from a Comparative Study of Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Sweden. 14th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM 2023), Brno, Czech Republic, June 29-30, 2023. More information
Berglez, P., Nord, L., Ots, M., Rapado, I. (2023). Transformation of Swedish media landscape and conditions for deliberative democracy: Critical junctures, risks, and opportunities during 2000-2020. NordMedia Conference 2023, Bergen, Norway, 16-18 August 2023. More information
Rapado, I., Perales-García, C. (2022). Brecha de género en la comunicación política de Twitter: Presencia y cuestiones de género en las elecciones generalesespañolas de noviembre de 2019 [The gender gap in Twitter political communication in Spain: Gendered presence and issues in the 2019 Spanish general election]. XXVIII Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Periodística (SEP): Desinformación y desórdenes informativos. El periodismo ante la crisis de la mediación, Valencia, Spain, 10-11 juni 2022. More information
Rapado, I. (2016). Re/defining and Performing Democracy on Twitter: The Case of the Spanish Podemos Party. ESA RN-32 (European Sociology Association Research Network), (Dis)locating Europe: Conflicts, challenges and changes, Brussels, Belgium, 28-29 October 2016. More information


Ots, M. (2023). Sweden: Bibliographical database of Swedish journalism and media research related to risks and opportunities for deliberative communication (2000–2020). Tartu, Estonia More information