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Dr. Eline de Rooij

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Simon Fraser University

The goal of my project is to provide insights into how individuals come to feel part of a political community and how subsequent social interactions can help foster involvement in politics. My specific objectives are to: 1) explore, through semi-structured, in-depth interviews, how individuals transfer existing political attitudes (i.e. ideological and partisan preferences) and behaviours (e.g. voting, contacting politicians, demonstrating) to a new political context; 2) examine, through a large, online survey, the extent to which pre-migration political attitudes and behaviours impact on post-migration political attitudes and behaviours; 3) assess, by means of a field experiment,  the degree to which social networks foster individuals’ political attitudes and behaviours post-migration.