Axis 1 – Dynamics of political development and youth as agents of political change
Axis 2 – Learning democratic citizenship in a diverse society
Axis 3 – The role of political institutions in the development of democratic citizenship
Dr. Mahéo uses a variety of methods in her research, would it be population surveys or panel surveys, semi-structured interviews or even focus groups. At the core of her approach are randomized controlled trials (RCT) in the field complemented by rich survey data. RCTs, although relatively recent in the field of political science, is at the cutting edge of methodological developments in the field, making it possible for breakthroughs in the study of the causality of political phenomena. For example, the studies of Dr. Mahéo’s second research axis will contribute to a richer and more nuanced understanding of how exposure to ethno-cultural diversity, and the conditions of this exposure, shapes the development of tolerance among adolescents and adults. Furthermore, the implementation of experimental studies in natural settings increases the potential for the generalization of the findings.