Dr Maarja Luhiste
Lecturer in Politics of Gender
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I am Lecturer in the Politics of Gender and Editor of Representation. My central research interests lie primarily in the field of politics and gender. I am particularly interested in how different institutions - such as political parties, media (both traditional and new media), and electoral rules - either facilitate or hinder women’s representation across contexts and how citizens respond to that. I study these questions mostly in the context of European Parliament elections. Directly related to my research interests, I teach a third stage undergraduate module, 'Gender, Campaigns and Media' and co-teach another third stage module, 'UK Parliamentary Studies'.
I completed my BA in Government and Politics at University of Tartu, Estonia, in 2007, and worked briefly as a civil servant in the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs before continuing my studies in the Netherlands, where I completed my MA in Political Science at University of Leiden in 2009. The same year, I was awarded a Marie Curie Early Career Fellowship to study for a PhD at University of Exeter within the wider Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'ELECDEM' under the supervision of Susan Banducci, Jeffrey Karp, and Daniel Stevens. I completed my PhD on 'Candidate Gender and Electoral Success in PR List Electoral Systems' in 2013. I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the European Research Council funded 'ResponsiveGov' project at University of Leicester between 2012 and 2015. In 2015, I was appointed to a Lectureship in Politics of Gender at Newcastle University.
Current roles and responsibilities
School Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (2018 - present)
My research interests include gender and political representation, participation and engagement; political communication; electoral systems; European Parliament elections; and quantitative research methods. Currently, I am also working on a project examining how parenthood influences attitudes towards social spending.
Current externally funded research project(s):
I am currently a PI of a collaborative research project 'Gender, Campaign Coverage, and Mobilisation Effects' (funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant). This project seeks to examine gender differences in campaign activity, media coverage, electoral success and mass political engagement in four ways: (i) collect data on individual candidates' media exposure during the 2014 European Parliament elections; (ii) gather additional data on all the relevant MEP candidate characteristics; (iii) merge the newly collected data with existing data sources (e.g. the 2014 EES Social Media Study); and (iv) produce research outputs explaining the above mentioned gender differences.
Module leader POL3109: Gender, Campaigns and Media
Lecturer POL3111: UK Parliamentary Studies
Feedback, guidance & consultation hours
Thu 1-2pm and 3-4pm
- Greene Z, Lühiste M. Symbols of Priority? How the Media Selectively Report on Parties' Election Campaigns. European Journal of Political Research 2018, 57(3), 717-739.
- Bernardi L, Morales L, Lühiste M, Bischof D. The Effects of the Fukushima Disaster on Nuclear Energy Debates and Policies: A Two-Step Comparative Examination. Environmental Politics 2018, 27(1), 42-68.
- Lühiste M, Kenny M. Pathways to Power: Women's Representation in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. European Journal of Political Research 2016, 55(3), 626-641.
- Karp J, Luhiste M. Explaining Political Engagement with Online Panels: Comparing the British and American Election Studies. Public Opinion Quarterly 2016, 80(3), 666-693.
- Lühiste M, Banducci S. Invisible Women? Comparing Candidates' News Coverage in Europe. Politics & Gender 2016, 12(2), 223-253.
- Luhiste M. Party Gatekeepers' Support for Viable Female Candidacy in PR-List Systems. Politics & Gender 2015, 11(1), 89-116.
- Banducci S, deVreese CH, Semetko HA, Boomgarden HG, Luhiste M, Peter J, Schuck A, Xezonakis G. European Parliament Election Study, Longitudinal Media Study 1999, 2004, 2009. 2014. GESIS.
- Elstub S, Luhiste M. Editors’ Introduction. Representation 2017, 53(1), 1-4.