Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is part of Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University.
The department carries out research and teaching within all important fields of politics and public administration, and the researchers collaborate closely with Danish as well as international peers. The department prioritises disseminating research results to the political-administrative system and to the general public.



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2019.06.28 | Awards

Talented researcher receives European PhD award

Assistant Professor Kristina Bakkær Simonsen wins dissertation award for her PhD dissertation on immigrants and integration.

Peter Munk Christiansen, professor and head of the Department of Political Science. Photo: Aarhus University

2019.06.27 | Reseach policy

Danish research policy recommendations are out internationally

Research grants are getting larger and larger. However, the granting foundations should keep the amounts down. This is the recommendation voiced by head of department Peter Munk Christiansen among others in Nature Human Behaviour.

2019.05.14 | Podcast

New podcast on evolution and voters' behaviour

The logic of the primitive man is deeply stored in our brains. Also when it comes to politics. Hear what significance human evolution has in the polling booth. Professor Michael Bang Petersen and Associate professor Lasse Laustsen explain in this podcast episode (only available in Danish).


Fri 23 Aug
14:15-16:00 |
PhD Defence: International Organizations as Actors and Arenas in International Politics
Nicolas Burmester will defend his PhD dissertation


New Books

2019.07.01 | New Books

US Foreign Policy Towards Russia in the Post-Cold War Era

Mind-sets from the Cold War have continued to influence US foreign policy with detrimental consequences for US–Russia relations, argues David Parker in his new book. He concludes by demonstrating how tension and mistrust have continued to grow during the Trump administration and considers the…

2019.02.05 | New Books

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Mette Skak contributes with a chapter on Russian strategic culture. She writes about old habits and the new generation of policy makers.

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