- Christine Huebner
- Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK
- Research Interests
- Citizenship, Political participation, Political identities and citizenship, Youth participation, Political Culture, Quantitative Methods, methodological innovations
Citizenship, Young People and Political Participation: Evidence from Scotland and the Netherlands
My research is focused on the relationship between citizens and their political community. I am particularly interested in questions of political participation, political belonging and legitimacy.
For my dissertation I investigate youth participation and conceptions of citizenship. In light of an ongoing debate about an allegedly politically apathetic youth, 'citizenship' has become a catchphrase that scholars and practitioners employ to avoid a looming crisis of political legitimacy. It remains unclear, however, what 'citizenship' means. In an effort to contribute to the debate on the puzzle of youth participation, I explore the norms of citizenship that today's young people build on when they decide whether and how to get involved in their political community.
I have a particular interest in innovative research methodology and applications of quantitative methods. I am an active member of the quantitative methods group of the School of Social and Political Science.
Other Research Projects
The view from the continent - What people in other member states think about the UK’s EU referendum:
ESRC-funded project with Jan Eichhorn and Daniel Kenealy to investigate attitudes in six EU countries towards the UK's EU membership referendum through a comparative social survey. The project was hosted by AQMeN and is part of the ESRC "UK in a Changing Europe" programme.
Young persons' attitudes on Scottish Independence - A survey analysis of 14-17 year olds:
ESRC-funded project with Jan Eichhorn, Lindsay Paterson, John MacInnes and Michael Rosie to conduct surveys investigating the political attitudes of first time voters in the context of a lowered voting age to 16 in the referendum on Scottish independence in September 2014.
- on 'Levels of measurement' and 'Statistical distributions' (SCIL 07001 Statistical Literacy, UG)
- SCIL07001 Statistical Literacy (UG, 2016-2018)
- SSPS08009 Mathematics for Social Science (UG, Q-Step, 2017)
- SCPL08011 Rethinking the Financial Crisis (UG, 2017)
- BA Integrated Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, 2009
- MSc Business Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2011
- 2015-2018 and 2007-2011: Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme of the Foundation of German Business
- 2015-2018: School of Social and Political Science Graduate School Studentship, University of Edinburgh
- 2010-2011: HSP Huygens Scholar
- 2009-2010: DAAD Postgraduate Fellow
Peer reviewed articles and book chapters
Hübner, Christine & Eichhorn, Jan (forthcoming). Votes at 16: Experiences from Scotland. In J. Bergh & J. Eichhorn (Eds.), Lowering the Voting Age to 16 - Learning from Real Experiences Worldwide. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Eichhorn, Jan, Hensing, Jakob & Hübner, Christine (2016). Economic crisis and political legitimacy. In Voicu, Malina, Ingvill C. Mochmann, and Hermann Dülmer (Eds). Values, economic crisis and democracy. Abingdon & New York: Routledge.
Hensing, Jakob, Hübner, Christine & Eichhorn, Jan (2013). Make it or break it: what is civil society’s role in European democracy after the financial crisis? Open Citizenship 4(1).
Briefings and reports
Hübner, Christine & Eichhorn, Jan (2019). Europa – brauchen wir das noch oder kann das weg? Wie junge Deutsche vor der Europawahl 2019 auf Europa und die EU schauen [Europe - can we get rid of it or do we still need it? How young Germans look at Europe and the EU ahead of the 2019 European elections]. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. [In German]
Hübner, Christine & Eichhorn, Jan (2018). Wie haben junge Deutsche in 2017 gewählt? Wahlverhalten junger Wähler_innen zur Bundestagswahl 2017 [How did young people vote in Germany in 2017?]. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. [In German]
Hübner, Christine & Eichhorn, Jan (2017). Mind the gap: understanding public opinion and elite interpretations of EU concerns in Germany. In Demos (Ed.). Nothing to Fear but Fear itself? London: Demos.
Eichhorn, Jan, Heyer, Anne & Hübner, Christine (2014). Who influences the formation of political attitudes and decisions in young people? Evidence from the referendum on Scottish independence. Berlin: d|part – Think Tank for political participation.
Heyer, Anne & Hübner, Christine (2013). "About social responsibility and such..." - Motivations and barriers to political participation among young people. Berlin: d|part – Think Tank for political participation. [In German]