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Tim Henrichsen

Tim Henrichsen is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, working on the ESRC funded project FRAMENET. Before joining PAIS, Tim studied Social Sciences at the Ruhr University Bochum and Empirical Political and Social Research at the University of Stuttgart. He was awarded his PhD at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy. During his PhD, Tim has spent six months as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Research Interests

Tim’s research focuses on the public behaviour of actors in political debates, with special emphasis on European integration, party competition, public policy, and discourse network analysis.

Tim’s doctoral thesis examined Eurosceptic contagion effects in the Italian party spectrum under the lens of the network paradigm. By applying a methodologically novel discourse and inferential network analysis that accounts for the interdependent nature of party competition, Tim was able to offer a more nuanced understanding of the reciprocal interactions of parties in the political space that consolidate complex phenomena such as belief diffusion processes. His findings advance the theoretical understanding of interdependent party competition processes that help to explain how and why actors position themselves in public debates and how these positions are affected by the behaviour of others.


Leifeld, P., Henrichsen, T., Buckton, C., Fergie, G., & Hilton, S. (2021). Belief system alignment and cross-sectoral advocacy efforts in policy debates. Journal of European Public Policy, 1-24.

Hilton, S., Buckton, C. H., Henrichsen, T., Fergie, G., & Leifeld, P. (2020). Policy congruence and advocacy strategies in the discourse networks of minimum unit pricing for alcohol and the soft drinks industry levy. Addiction, 115(12), 2303-2314.

Zajak, S. and Henrichsen, T. (2019). Verantwortungszuschreibungen in transnationalen Feldern. Eine Diskurs-Netzwerkanalyse zu den Fabrikunglücken in Bangladesch. In Fuhse, J. and Krenn, K., editors, Netzwerke in gesellschaftlichen Feldern, pages 145–169. Springer VS, Wiesbaden.