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Sofie Marien

Prof. dr. Sofie Marien Associate Professor, Centre for Political Science Research, University of Leuven

Sofie Marien is an Associate Professor in Comparative and Historical Political Science at the University of Leuven. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences (2011) from the University of Leuven. Before joining the political science faculty in Leuven, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the FWO Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium). She held visiting positions at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra (Australia) and Åbo Akademi University (Finland). She is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. Between 2015 and 2018, she chaired the Belgian Political Science Association VPW. 

Marien is the head of the Democratic Innovations & Legitimacy Research Group. Her research interests are focused on democratic innovations, political behavior, political psychology, political communication and comparative politics. She is interested in participatory and deliberative processes. She studies deliberation in likely places such as deliberative mini-publics but also in more unlikely places such as televised election debates. She is the PI of the EOS Inter-university Project “Represent” that aims to gain insight into political resentment (2018-2021). In 2018 she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant “Meeting Great Expectations Through Democratic Innovations” from the European Research Council. 

Her research has appeared in journals such as Political Behavior, European Journal of Political Research, European Sociological Review, Political Research Quarterly. Together with Hannah Werner, she was recently awarded the Best Paper of the Democratic Innovations Section at the 2016 General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research.