Dr Stefanie Reher

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

I joined the School of Government and Public Policy in 2017 as a Chancellor's Fellow and became a Senior Lecturer in 2019. Before moving to Glasgow, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen. I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford, Nuffield College. My research focuses on political representation, behaviour, and attitudes. I use quantitative methods to study how well public policy reflects the preferences and views of citizens, what explains differences in representation between different social groups and countries, and how it affects individuals' attitudes towards their political system. My current work focuses in particular on access to politics for disabled people; I hold an ESRC New Investigator grant to study how voters perceive disabled election candidates. You can find further information about my research on my website: http://mwpweb.eu/StefanieReher/.


(Inequality in) Interest group involvement and the legitimacy of policy making
Rasmussen Anne, Reher Stefanie
British Journal of Political Science (2022)
Do disabled candidates represent disabled citizens?
Reher Stefanie
British Journal of Political Science (2021)
How do voters perceive disabled candidates?
Reher Stefanie
Frontiers in Political Science Vol 2 (2021)
Disability and political representation : analysing the obstacles to elected office in the UK
Evans Elizabeth, Reher Stefanie
International Political Science Review (2020)
Mind this gap, too : political orientations of people with disabilities in Europe
Reher Stefanie
Political Behavior Vol 42, pp. 791-818 (2020)
Civil society engagement and policy representation in Europe
Rasmussen Anne, Reher Stefanie
Comparative Political Studies Vol 52, pp. 1648-1676 (2019)

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Professional activities

DRG Launch Workshop
How do voters perceive disabled politicians?
Electoral Studies (Journal)
Peer reviewer
How do voters perceive disabled politicians?
How do voters perceive disabled politicians? Evidence from a conjoint experiment
How do voters perceive disabled politicians?

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Investigating representation amongst evidence-givers in participatory decision-making for environmental solutions
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Reher, Stefanie (Co-investigator) Reggiani, Marco (Researcher) Salamon, Hannah (Researcher) Lightbody, Ruth (Co-investigator)
Applicants represent a mixture across career stages (PhD student/Research Assistant, Research Associate, Chancellor’s Fellow, Senior Lecturer) and disciplines (including politics, gender and sexuality studies, engineering, environmental science). The ‘rapid response’ DH activity will bring the team together in new collaborative research on equity and representation amongst evidence-givers in the recent wave of participatory decision-making approaches intended to inform environmental solutions and climate action, including Citizens’ Assemblies. Through DH we will share knowledge, approaches, and theories, and gather and analyse data to generate initial research insights which will form a working paper and pump-prime a research proposal intended for NERC-ESRC funding.
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
How do voters perceive disabled candidates (New Investigator)
Reher, Stefanie (Principal Investigator)
How do voters perceive disabled candidates
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Tender for a Reserch Project: Barriers to Political Representation: Disability and the Enable Fund Project Ref: GEO2018/03
Reher, Stefanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
The Role of Disability in Evaluations of Political Candidates
Reher, Stefanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019

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