Ailsa Henderson

Public Opinion and Political Behaviour, Centre on Constitutional Change
University of Edinburgh

Biography

Ailsa Henderson is Professor of Political Science and Head of Politics & International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Originally from Windsor, Ontario, she has degrees from the Université d’Ottawa (BScSoc) and the University of Edinburgh (MSc, PhD) and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. She was an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto before returning to the University of Edinburgh in 2007. From 2006-2007 she was the Working Groups Chair for the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform and is currently a member of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.

Professor Henderson researches comparative political behaviour and political culture in sub-state regions as well as civic engagement. She has published four books and over 30 articles and book chapters, including Hierarchies of Belonging: National Identity and Political Culture in Scotland and Quebec (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2007) and Citizenship After the Nation State: Regionalism, Nationalism and Public Attitudes in Europe (Palgrave 2013). A more complete list of publications is available here: http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/people/academic_staff/henderson_ailsa

Professor Henderson is currently leading the political behaviour programme for the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, which includes the Risk and Constitutional Attitudes Survey, has been a co-investigator for all three rounds of the Future of England Survey and is principal investigator for the 2014 Scottish Referendum Survey.

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Canada

No passion please, we're Canadian: the 2019 federal election and a divided electorate

Justin Trudeau has lost his majority in the Canadian House of Commons, a relative rare occurrence. Ailsa Henderson explores the drop in support for Trudeau's Liberals and asks what next for this minority government, and their opponents.
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Polling Who Votes

As polling companies try out different methodologies in the light of recent reviews of their practices, Ailsa Henderson explains how they determine who is likely to vote.
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A Tale of Two Referendums

Whether GE2017 in Scotland is about Brexit or IndyRef rather depends on who you believe, says Ailsa Henderson.

Yes and No Have Questions to Answer

In the event of another independence campaign, says Ailsa Henderson, both sides will need to find some answers.
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from Montreal to Ottawa

Twenty years ago, Quebec came within a hair's breadth of seceding from the rest of Canada. Two decades on, Prof Ailsa Henderson examines what has happened to the independence movement.
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Scottish Referendum Study

The most recent results of the Scottish Referendum Study have been widely discussed in the press. The slides accompanying the report's launch are available here.