Dr Stefanie Reher

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

I'm a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political Science at the School of Government & Public Policy, which I joined as a Chancellor's Fellow in 2017. 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 hold a DPhil from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College).

My research focuses on political representation, behaviour, and attitudes. I use quantitative methods, including survey data analysis and survey experiments, to study how well public policy reflects the preferences of citizens, what explains differences in representation between different social groups and countries, and how it affects individuals' attitudes towards the political system. I am currently working on several projects about the representation of disabled people in politics, including my ESRC New Investigator Project "How do voters perceive disabled polilticians?".

My research has been published in the British Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political StudiesEuropean Journal of Political Research, Political Behavior, European Political Science ReviewElectoral Studies, and Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, amongst others.

I teach Quantitative Methods at the postgraduate level.

You can find more info on my personal website.


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)
The opinion-policy nexus in Europe and the role of political institutions
Rasmussen Anne, Reher Stefanie, Toshkov Dimiter
European Journal of Political Research Vol 58, pp. 412-434 (2019)

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Professional activities

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?
Frontiers in Political Science (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


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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