Mercenier Heidi

photo HeidiHeidi Mercenier holds a MA in Political Science (EU studies) from the Université de Liège (Belgium). Since 2012, she is conducting a PhD research in political and social science at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (Belgium) under the supervision of Florence Delmotte (Qualified Researcher F.R.S/FNRS, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Belgium) and Virginie Van Ingelgom (Qualified Researcher F.R.S/FNRS, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium).

Her doctorate is part of the Belgian research project ARC “Why Regulate? Regulation, Deregulation and the Legitimacy of the European Union”. In March-September 2015, she was visiting scholar at ARENA Center for European Studies at the University of Oslo (Norway).

Contact :
Tel : +32 (0)2/792.36.19
Mail: heidi.mercenier@usaintlouis.be

Academic interests :
Heidi Mercenier’s main academic interest lies in the relationships between ordinary citizens and the EU and how citizens imagine the EU. She addresses these questions through the analysis of the citizens’ discourses underlying the legitimacy and political credibility of the EU. This project aims to add to the existing knowledge basis on how citizens think about the EU and how they deal with the complex multilevel governance. Drawing from both political sociology and EU studies, it proposes original theoretical and empirical considerations on the processes of legitimization of the EU from the citizens’ point of view. It is based on a series of collective interviews (focus groups) with young people (16-26 years) living in Brussels.

Peer-reviewed articles :

  1. (July 2016, forthcoming/under press) DAMAY, Ludivine & MERCENIER, Heidi, Free movement and EU citizenship: a virtuous circle?”, Journal of European Public Policy, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/173471.
  2. (Autumn 2016, forthcoming/under press) MAJASTRE, Christophe & MERCENIER, Heidi, Construire un espace français de recherches sociologiques sur l’Europe: Un tournant, trois versions?”, Politique européenne, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/166693.

Book chapters :

  1. (Autumn 2016, forthcoming/under press) DELMOTTE, Florence, MERCENIER & Heidi, VAN INGELGOM, Virginie, “Sentiment d’appartenance et indifférence à l’Europe. Quand des jeunes s’en mêlent (ou pas)”, in Adrien FAURE & Emmanuel NEGRIER (éd.), Les émotions en politique, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/165999.
  2. (2016) MERCENIER, Heidi. “La libre circulation des personnes et les justifications de l’UE, statut: C’est compliqué!”, in Florence DELMOTTE & Denis DUEZ (ed.), Les frontières et la communauté (politique), Bruxelles, Presses de l’Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, p. 87-120, https:// hdl.handle.net/2078.3/166683
  3. (2015) MERCENIER, Heidi, PERREZ, Julien & REUCHAMPS, Min, “Constructing Quebec and Wallonia: How Political Parties Speak 
about their Region”, in Min REUCHAMPS (), Minority Nations in Multinational Federations, London & New-York, Routhledge, p. 49-81, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/154218.
  4. (2012) Mercenier, Heidi, Jérémy Dodeigne, Julien Perrez & Min Reuchamps. Derrière les mots que reste-t-il ?” in PERREZ, Julien & Min REUCHAMPS (ed.), Les relations communautaires en Belgique: Approches politiques et linguistiques, Louvain-la-Neuve, Academia-L’Harmattan, 237-247.

Organised Conferences & Panels :

  1. (2016-forthcoming) Member of the organising committee, 4th midterm Conference of the Research Network 32 Political Sociology, European Sociology Association (ESA), Brussels, 28-29 October, https://www.esa-rn32.eu.
  2. (2016-forthcoming) Panel organisation (with Verena K. Brändle), Ordinary Citizens’ Perceptions of the EU: Investigating Processes of Political Opinion Formation”, 4th midterm Conference of the RN 32 Political sociology, European Sociology Association (ESA), Brussels, 28-29 October.
  3. (2016) Member of the organising committee,What’s wrong with free movement? Regulating and deregulating mobility in Europe”, ARC International Conference, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, 18-19 Februay, https://freemovement2016.wordpress.com.
  4. (2015) Member of the organising committee, Discours d’Europe, discours sur l’Europe. Quand polémiques et controverses s’en mêlent”, International conference, Brussels, 17-18 December.
  5. (2014) Panel organisation (with Christophe Majastre) Au-delà de l’hétéronomie ? Les politologues et l’Union européenne, entre expertise et critique, Société québécoise de Science politique, Sherbrooke (Canada), 21-23 May.
  6. (2013) Member of the organising committee, PhD conference of the Research Center for Political Research (CReSPO), Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, 3-4 October.

Selected Conferences, Workshop & Research Seminars Papers :

  1. (2016) with ARENS Nicolas, “Integrating the Problematic Citizens’ Political Involvement Regarding Postnationalism”, ECPR Joint Session, Workshop: Postnational challenges and tensions between citizenship and nation-state, Pisa, 24-28
  2. (2015) “The Concept of Proximity: Youth Talking about (EU) Politics in Brussels”, ConferenceLes liens entre les parlements et les citoyens en Europe”, Brussels, 18-19 November, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/166691.
  3. (2015) with NI CHAOIMH, Eadaoin, “A Legal and Socio-political Analysis of whether Free Movement Can still Legitimise the EU?”, 45th annual Conference of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), Bilbao, 7-9 September, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/166689.
  4. (2015) with DELMOTTE, Florence & VAN INGELGOM, Virginie, “Sentiment d’appartenance et indifférence à l’Europe. Quand des jeunes sʼen mêlent (ou pas)”, 13th Biennial Conference of the Association française de science politique, Aix-en-Provence, 22-24 June, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/169928.
  5. (2015) “Proximity, Legitimacy and the EU”, Research seminar at ARENA, University of Oslo, 17 May.
  6. (2015) with DAMAY, Ludivine, “Fixing the EU Democratic Deficit: an Instrumental View of Citizenship?”, 14th Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), Boston, 5-7 March, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/166688.
  7. (2014) “Do Citizens Perceive the EU as a Legitimate Level of Action? Views from Young People in Anderlecht (Brussels)”, 3rd Midterm Conference of the Political Sociology Research Network, ESA (European Sociological Association), Copenhague, 28-29 November, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/166690.
  8. (2014) with MAJASTRE, Christophe & MAIRA, Michaël, “La ‘sociologisation’ des études de l’intégration européenne dans l’espace académique français: quelles variantes et quelles stratégies d’internationalisation?”, 6th Conference of the Association belge francophone de Science Politique (ABSP), Liège, 10-11 April, https://hdl.handle.net/2078.3/150827.
  9. (2014) “How Young People in Brussels Imagine and Legitimize the EU: A Microscopic Approach in Different Neighborhoods”, 21st Annual international conference of Europeanists (CES), Washington D.C., 14-16 March.
  10. (2013) “How the Youth of Brussels Imagine and Legitimize the EU: a Qualitative Approach from Conceptualization to Empirical Framework”, 11th Annual Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Turin, 28-31 August.
  11. (2013)Légitimité de l’Union européenne: quels outils pour étudier les nouvelles pratiques régulatoires européennes du point de vue des citoyens?”, 12th Biennal Conference of the Association française de science politique (AFSP), Paris, 9-11 July.
  12. (2012) Conceptual Metaphors and Discourses of the Founding Fathers of the European Union, 9th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RAam), Lancaster, 4-7 July.

Communicating science :

  1. (2015) “Ma thèse en 180 secondes” (presentation of the thesis during 3 minuts), Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, 2 April (link to the presentation: video).
  2. (2013) with DELMOTTE Florence, “L’Europe vue d’en bas” (presentation of the research project by Florence DELMOTTE in 14 minuts) presented at the “Nuit du savoir sur Bruxelles” organised by the Brussels Studies Institute, Kaietheather, Brussels, 22 November (link to the presentation: video).

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