Anna-Lena Högenauer studied European Studies with French at King's College London (BA), European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (MA) and holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2011). She has also spent a year abroad at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques Paris. After her studies, she worked as postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University with Prof. Christiansen and Prof. Neuhold. She has been a research scientist at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Luxembourg since 2014.

Her research includes questions of multi-level governance and regional interest representation, environmental policy-making, Europeanization, parliamentary administrations and parliamentary scrutiny of European affairs. She was an active member of the Observatory of Parliaments after Lisbon (OPAL, and the Erasmus Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA, She was co-editor for the working paper series of the two networks and has been book reviews editor for Regional and Federal Studies from 2012-2015.

Anna-Lena Högenauer is a member of the University of Luxembourg's Robert Schuman Institute, an interdisciplinary centre funded by the EU Commission as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2015-2021). She participates in the ESRC-funded project Negotiating Brexit: EU institutions, national governments, and the UK (2017-2019).The project aims to provide independent analysis of the Brexit negotiations to the general public and will also result in research publications. She is also a member of the steering group of the EU-funded VIADUCT project on EU-Turkey relations (2017-2020), for which she is currently setting up an online student paper series. From autumn 2018 onwards, she will develop teaching materials on the social and economic challenges faced by small states as part of the C2ESS project (2018-2021).


She won the 2016 PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Parliamentary Democracy in Europe with Chistine Neuhold and Thomas Christiansen for their book Parliamentary Administrations in the European Union (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).

Her article "Studying a new phase of europeanisation of national parliaments" (with K. Gattermann and A. Huff in European Political Science, Vol. 15, 89-107) won the EPS best article award for 2016.


Teaching for the Master in European Governance of the University of Luxembourg:

  • Research Techniques in Political Science (MA-level)
  • Environmental Politics in the European Union (MA-level)
  • The EU Political System (MA-level)
  • Techniques and Approaches in Political Science (PhD-level)
Research interests
European Union
Small State
Multilevel Governance
Interest Representation

Latest content Anna-Lena Högenauer took part in

Social Sciences
Challenges to Democracy and Social Life in European Small States
A research project of the University of Luxembourg funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ scheme aims to bridge the knowledge gap regarding small states and their challenges. Challenges to Democracy and Social Life in European Small States underlines the vast differences in the challenges faced by small states compared to bigger nations. By raising awareness of the situation in which small states find themselves, this project aims to facilitate the exchange of information and to promote knowledge of the approaches adopted by small states as well as their policies.