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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Christine Huebner

Christine Huebner
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

PhD Title

Citizenship, young people and political engagement: How young people make sense of their role as citizens in Scotland and the Netherlands


Research Interests

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 young people's participation in democratic processes 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 is often defined as a practice, based on things that adults do. It remains unclear how young people understand citizenship and how they make sense of their role as citizens. In an effort to contribute to the debate on the puzzle of youth participation, I explore how young people ascribe meaning to the role of the citizen and how they decide whether and how to get involved in their political communities. 

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.  



  • SCIL 07001 Statistical Literacy (UG, 2016-19)
  • SSPS08009 Mathematics for Social Science (UG, 2017-19)
  • BIME10049 'Quantitative Methods' in Bioethics, Law and Society: Contemporary Issues  (UG, 2019)


  • SCIL07001 Statistical Literacy (UG, 2016-2019)
  • SSPS08009 Mathematics for Social Science  (UG, Q-Step, 2017-19)
  • SCPL08011 Rethinking the Financial Crisis (UG, 2017)
  • SSPS10030 Using pre-existing data for own research (UG, 2019)


  • 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 (2019). 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]

Hübner, Christine & Frommholz, Götz Harald (2013). Campaigning and the Internet - How candidates use the Internet. Berlin: d|part – Think Tank for political participation. [In German]