Hannah Werner started her PhD in September 2015 as a joint degree at the University of Amsterdam (AISSR) and the University of Leuven, BE (Center for Political Research). She holds a MSc from the Research Master Program in Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Communication Studies and Economics from the University of Mannheim, DE. Currently, she is a fellow of the Science Foundation Flanderen which entails a 4-year personal grant.
She is interested broadly in public opinion and political behavior and the development and decline of perceived democratic legitimacy. As such, she studies concepts like political trust, procedural fairness and democratic innovations. In her PhD project, Hannah studies the often-stated potential of democratic innovations, such as citizen forums or referendums, to reconnect citizens to political authorities and tackle an acclaimed legitimacy deficit with a specific focus on winners and losers of democratic decisions. Her PhD project is supervised by Wouter van der Brug (UvA) and Sofie Marien (KU Leuven).
Besides her PhD project, Hannah also studies the role of political fact-checking during election campaigns in shaping political trust. Methodologically she uses mainly experimental methods and comparative survey analysis.
Marien S., Werner H. (2018). Fair Treatment, Fair Play? The Relationship between Fair Treatment Perceptions, Political Trust and Compliant and Cooperative Attitudes Cross-nationally. European Journal of Political Research, forthcoming.