Elske van den Hoogen is a PhD candidate at the department of Public Administration & Sociology. She is currently involved in Prof. dr. Willem de Koster’s VIDI project 'Curious constellations of political attitudes'. Within this project, Elske aims at developing a better understanding of public attitudes on the European Union (EU) by analysing how citizens ascribe meaning to the institution. Using an innovative multi-method approach – combining qualitative in-depth interviews with survey research – she aims to uncover these meanings, and, thus, explain why seemingly opposing groups often share attitudes on the EU.
Besides public attitudes on the EU, Elske’s further research interests include political communication and populism.