the emotions of
protective Policies

Impact & Innovation

From scientific publications to online booklets and thematic or policy briefs, the wide-ranging outcomes of the PROTEMO research on the emotional dynamics of protective policies are promised to have a far-reaching impact and foster innovation on various levels for different stakeholders: academia, policy advisors, public administrators, and local communities.


    • Advancement of knowledge regarding the emotional dimensions of decision-making at both individual and group levels pertaining to protective policies.
    • Enhanced understanding of which emotions hold significance for different demographic groups and how political elites perceive and interpret them.
    • Improved comprehension of the role that emotions play in political decision-making.
    • Expanded understanding of the processes involved in material-discursive-affective meaning-making concerning protective policies.
    • Insight into the establishment of emotional connections within the communication of protective policies.
    • Further development of the field of political communication at the intersection of traditional media and social media within the realms of political science and political psychology.

    • Improved recommendations based on high-quality open-source data regarding the emotional needs of individuals.
    • Insights for political actors to enhance the design, evaluation, and anticipated outcomes of protective policies.
    • Support for political stakeholders, such as migration and integration offices, in conceptualising social projects aimed at acknowledging the affective citizenship of their constituents.
    • Enhanced approaches to integrating emotional dynamics into the design and implementation of political projects, thereby reinforcing European democratic values such as trust, impartiality, inclusivity, and fairness.
    • Improved communication with citizens and non-citizens on an emotional level, facilitating the further development of emotional intelligence among political actors in future political discourse.
    • More informed political communication and bolstered capacity of political actors to intervene in ways that mitigate emotionally charged conflicts.

    • Increased resilience in emotional intelligence learning, leading to reduced conflicts among individuals and groups with differing views, preferences, and information on protection.
    • Improved social mobilisation and decision-making through more comprehensive information.
    • Enhanced dialogue among state, societal actors, and individuals.
    • Cultivated trust in democratic governance.
    • Reduced vulnerability of individuals and groups to emotional manipulation by entrepreneurs.
    • Strengthened social bonds within neighbourhoods and communities.
    • Mitigated polarisation among individuals and groups.