Professor Annika Werner

Head of School
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Citizenship 160602
  • Political Science Not Elsewhere Classified 160699

Research interests

Political parties; democratic values, attitudes and preferences; political representation; radical right; populism; European politics.


I am Head of School and Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University. Prior to joining ANU in July 2019, I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University. Before coming to Australia, I was a research fellow for the DFG-financed project MARPOR – Manifesto Research on Political Representation at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center (2009-2015). I received my PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-University Berlin in 2015.

Available student projects

I am happy to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students who are committed to the principles of political science and plan projects about political parties, public attitudes, representation or EU politics.

Current student projects

I am part of the supervisorial panel at ANU:

  • Illiberalism and democratic backsliding (Bermond Scoggins)

I supervised to successful graduation:

  • 2021: Fabian Habersack (University of Salzburg), Dissertation title: A Nativist Zeitgeist? Explaining Party Adaptation to the Success of the Populist Radical Right. Dr Habersack can now be found at the University of Innsbruck.

I supervise several Honours and Masters students at ANU.

Past student projects

I have successfully supervised the following Honours and Master theses:

  • Never Waste a Good Crisis: How Chinese State Media Promotes Nationalism in Times of Crisis
  • The Effect of Fear of Crime on Populist Voting: An Analysis of 19 Latin American Presidential Election
  • Division through Education: The role of educational inequality in populist success
  • Student Alienation in the Age of Employability: A study of student alienation and its relation to the legitimating narratives of the contemporary university 
  • Investigating the Relationship Between Climate Change Attitudes and Voting Behaviour 
  • Deepening Engagement with the Indo-Pacific Region: An Evaluation of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship’s Current Contribution 



Projects and Grants

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