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Institute of

LV Rural Studies

PD Dr. habil. Tuuli-Marja Kleiner

Tuuli-Marja Kleiner

Institute of Rural Studies

Bundesallee 64
38116 Braunschweig
+49 531 596 5263
+49 531 596 5599


Work and research focus

  • Political culture (esp. puplic opinion polarization, concepts of democracy, and political support)
  • Political and civic participation (esp. civic engagement and demonstration behaviour)
  • Social cohesion and social trust
  • Spatial cultural comparison
  • Political and collective identity

Publications at Thünen Institute

Additional informations

  • since 11/2018
    Senior Research Fellow at the Thünen-Institute of Rural Studies
  • 10/2014-06/2018
    Research Fellow at the Department for State & Governance, University of Hagen
  • 01/2012-09/2014
    Research Fellow at the Department for Methods and Democracy Research, Philipps University of Marburg
  • 04/2007-12/2011
    Research Assistant at the Department for Sociological Diagnosis of contemporary Societies, University of Hagen

Academic Qualification

  • 04/2020
    Habilitation (Dr. habil. rer. pol.) at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Main). Habilitation thesis on "Culture and the Support of Democracy. The Role of Cultural Values in citizen-state relations in Europe"
  • 04/2013
    Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Hamburg. Dissertation on "Trust in Nations through cultural Proximity? Analysis of a social Mechanism" (published by VS Springer)
  • Elected member of the Steering Group group of the Working Group on Civil Society Research of the National Network for Civic Engagement
  • Member of the advisory board for the BMBF-funded research project "SROI – Securing the Honorary Office for the Future in Rural Areas"
  • Jury member for the ECPR Jacqui Briggs Prize 2021
  • ZiviZ Expert Council in the Forum Civil Society Data (FZD), funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • Elected member of the steering group of the Standing Group Citizenship of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize 2020 for the best article in the journal European Political Science (EPS). Article: Does ideological polarisation mobilise citizens? In: Eur Polit Sci 19, 573-602
  • Nominations for the Fritz Thyssen Foundation Prize of essays in the social sciences. Article: Does Polarisation lead to political engagement? In: Swiss Political Science Review 22(3), S. 353-384. DOI: 10.1111/spsr.12215, 2015
  • FÖPS-Preis (Förderverein für Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Stuttgart e. V.) für die beste Arbeit im Magisterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft, 2007
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