Soetkin Verhaegen is Assistant Professor in European Politics at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, at Maastricht University. She is associated researcher at the Department of Political science at Stockholm University, and at ISPOLE at UC Louvain. Previously, Soetkin was Postdoctoral researcher at UC Louvain (2019-2020), Stockholm University (2017-2019), and KU Leuven (2016) where she also received her doctoral degree for her thesis on the development of European identity (2015).
Soetkin’s research inquires questions about citizens’ perceptions of (il)legitimacy of the EU in the context of multilevel governance. Focussing on attitudes about regional and international government and institutions, her work is situated at the crossroads of political sociology, comparative politics and international relations. Furthermore, Soetkin’s research interests include European identity, youth, socialization, political participation and elites. She is specialized in survey research and focus groups.
Soetkin is part of various projects in Belgium and Sweden: RepResent - Representation and Democratic Resentment, LegGov - Legitimacy in Global Governance, and a project on educational practices towards critical citizenship - Vem kan man lita på? Samhällskunskapsundervisning om tillit för ett aktivt och kritiskt medborgarskap.
Soetkin was visiting scholar at the LSE, Gothenburg University and the University of Münster, she was scientific advisor at Karel de Grote Hogeschool, and teacher for Europe House Ryckevelde. Soetkin has been teaching courses on European politics, quantitative research methods, comparative politics, political participation, political sociology, and has been supervising numerous thesis projects (BA, MA and doctoral level).