Soetkin Verhaegen is Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. She is part of the LegGov – Legitimacy in Global Governance – research team. Additionally, she is affiliated to the Centre for Political Research at KU Leuven, where she obtained her PhD in 2015 for her dissertation on the development of European identity. Previously, Soetkin was visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she has been scientific advisor at Karel de Grote Hogeschool and she was a civic education teacher for Europe House Ryckevelde.

Soetkin’s research focusses on public opinion about international and regional organizations. Hence, her work is situated at the crossroads of political sociology and international relations. Currently, she studies sources of legitimacy of global governance institutions among both the general public and elites, and the role of European identity as an explanation for citizens’ political orientations and behavior towards the EU. Other research interests include youth, socialization and political participation.

At the Department of Political Science she teaches courses on European Politics and Comparative Politics.

Peer reviewed articles

Verhaegen, S., Boonen, J. (2018). The development of political knowledge in adolescence: The importance of information-rich socialization contexts. Politics, Culture and Socialization, (accepted).

Verhaegen, S. (2017). What to expect from European identity? Explaining support for solidarity in times of crisis. Comparative European Politics.

Verhaegen, S., Hooghe, M. & Quintelier, E. (2017). The effect of political trust and trust in European citizens on European identity. European Political Science Review, 9 (2), 161-181.

Kelbel, C., Van Ingelgom, V., Verhaegen, S. (2016). Looking for the European voter: Split-ticket voting in the Belgian regional and European elections of 2009 and 2014. Politics and Governance, 4 (1), 116-129.

Verhaegen, S., Hooghe, M. (2015). Does more knowledge about the European Union lead to a stronger European identity? A comparative analysis among adolescents in 21 European member states. Innovation. The European Journal of Social Science Research, 28 (2), 127-146.

Quintelier, E., Verhaegen, S., Hooghe, M. (2014). The Intergenerational Transmission of European Identity: The Role of Gender and Discussion within Families. Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (5), 1103-1119.

Verhaegen, S., Hooghe, M., Quintelier, E. (2014). European identity and support for European integration: A matter of perceived economic benefits? Kyklos: International Review for Social Sciences, 67 (2), 317-336.

Verhaegen, S., Hooghe, M., Meeusen, C. (2013). Opportunities to learn about Europe at school. A comparative analysis among adolescents in 21 European member states. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 45 (6), 838-864.

Verhaegen, S., Hooghe, M., Dejaeghere, Y. (2012). Leidt meer kennis over de Europese Unie tot een sterkere Europese identiteit? Een vergelijkend onderzoek bij adolescenten in 21 lidstaten. Res Publica: Tijdschrift voor Politologie, 54 (4), 465-491.

Book chapters

Verhaegen, S., Hoon, L., Kelbel, C. & Van Ingelgom, V. (2018) A three-level game: Citizens’ attitudes about the division of competences in a multilevel context. (pp. 133-160) In: K. Deschouwer (Ed.) Mind the gap: Political participation and representation in Belgium. ECPR Press.

Hooghe, M., Verhaegen, S. (2017). The democratic legitimacy of European institutions and support for social policy in Europe. In: Vandenbroucke F., Barnard C., De Baere G. (Eds.), A European Social Union After the Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Verhaegen, S., Udrea, G. (2017). The impact of social and cognitive learning experiences on European identity development among young Europeans. In: Bârgăoanu A., Buturoiu R., Radu L. (Eds.), Why Europe? Narratives and Counter-narratives of European integration Peter Lang.

Verhaegen, S., Kebel, C., Van Ingelgom, V. (2015). Op zoek naar de Europese kiezer: De plaats van de Europese verkiezingen bij de ‘moeder van alle verkiezingen’. In: Deschouwer K., Delwit P., Hooghe M., Baudewyns P., Walgrave S. (Eds.), De kiezer ontcijferd. Tielt: LannooCampus, 185-203.

Kelbel, C., Van Ingelgom, V., Verhaegen, S. (2015). A la recherche de l'électeur européen. In: Deschouwer K., Delwit P., Hooghe M., Baudewyns P., Walgrave S. (Eds.), Décrypter l'électeur. Le comportement électoral et les motivations de vote. Leuven: Lannoo Campus, 192-212.

Doctoral disseration

Verhaegen, S. (2015). The development of European identity. A study of the individual-level development processes., 290 pp. (Hooghe, M. (sup.), Quintelier, E. (co-sup.))


Parent-Child Socialization Study (PCSS) 2012 -2013.

Panel study by Hooghe, M., Quintelier, E., Verhaegen, S., Boonen, J., Meeusen, C., Leuven: Centre for Political Research.

Conference papers

Verhaegen, S. (2016). European identity as a cloak of charity during economic hardship? ECPR General Conference. Prague, 7-10 September 2016.

Verhaegen, S. (2015). European identity and the perceived importance of European Parliament elections in Belgium. Midwest Political Science Association General Conference. Chicago, IL, USA, 16-19 April 2015.

Verhaegen, S., Boonen, J. (2014). The development of political knowledge in adolescence: Which mediating institutions have the strongest influence? ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. Salamanca, Spain, 10-15 April 2014, 1-25.

Verhaegen, S. (2014). European identity as a social identity: the stability of European identity among different age groups. ECPR General Conference Glasgow. Glasgow, UK, 3-6 September 2014.

Verhaegen, S. (2014). Being a European citizen: The meaning of European identity. Midwest Political Science Association General Conference. Chicago, IL, USA, 3-6 April 2014.