Lene Aarøe
Michael Bang Petersen

2015.02.12 | Awards

Award for best article in top journal: Scandinavians and Americans agree on who deserves welfare

The award for best article published in the acclaimed Journal of Politics in 2014 goes to Lene Aarøe and Michael Bang Petersen.

We tend to prefer dominant-looking leaders, but don’t generally prefer people who appear dominant. In fact, when we go searching for friends, we look for something quite different. Photo: Colourbox

2015.02.10 | Research news

Does a competent leader make a good friend?

New research shows that when we elect leaders and politicians we tend to prefer dominant-looking, masculine men, but when we are looking to make new friends we seek the opposite.

All over the world we face an acute shortage of organs. New post doc project investigates how we can eliminate the shortage of organs through increasing the supply. Photo: Colourbox

2015.01.14 | People

Grant from the Carlsberg Foundation for postdoc project on organ donations

Andreas Albertsen has received a grant for a postdoc project about eliminating the shortage of organs through increasing the supply. Kim Mannemar Sønderskov has also received a grant from the Carlsberg Foundation.

2015.01.13 | New Books

New book: Political protest, activism and social movement

Lasse Lindekilde and Thomas Olesen focus on political movements not part of the established political system, eg. terror organisations and climate demonstrations.

2015.01.13 | New Books

Stata - A Practical Introduction

Kim Mannemar Sønderskov introduces the reader to the program and explains how Stata is used for scientific analysis of quantitative data.

The recent developments in Ukraine illustrate how conflict prone democratisation processes can be. Photo: Colourbox

2015.01.07 | Research news

Conflict and democratisation in the 21st century

How can one promote democratisation without also increasing the risk of violent conflicts? A group of researchers from Aarhus University will work together with international colleagues and practitioners to find the answer to this question.

Robert Putnam visited Aarhus University on 8 December and gave an inspiring lecture based on his new book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, which will be published in March 2015.  (Photo: AU Communication) 
Corey Morris welcomed all the participants on behalf of the organisers from AU Alumni. (Photo: AU Communication) 
Michael Böss is one of the main drivers behind the appointment of Robert Putnam as distinguished visiting professor at Aarhus University. (Photo: AU Communication) 
Ole Nørgaard Madsen has a degree in political science from Aarhus University and has also been employed at the university and at the former Aarhus School of Business. He had returned as an alumnus to hear Putnam’s lecture: “His approach is so wonderfully down to earth, so practical in his politics, and yet incredibly well founded. I guess the genius of it is that he points out things that should have been obvious to us all. I’m deeply fascinated with his ability to account so convincingly and comprehensibly for the fact that the differences between the situation in the 1970s and now cannot be genetically determined, because it hasn’t been long enough for the human genetic makeup to change. The opportunity gap must therefore be contingent on the social environment, and this is where we can actually intervene.” (Photo: AU Communication) 
After Putnam’s lecture in the Main Hall, the alumni proceeded to Stakladen. A former MSc in political science had high praises for the event. “It definitely lived up to my expectations. It was a very interesting event, and we would like a lot more of this. The reason why Putnam’s lecture was so good is that it was socially relevant – even to those of us who are no longer part of the university world. He didn’t just present us with a theoretical conundrum.” (Photo: AU Communication) 
AU Alumni were present at Stakladen to answer questions and provide information about the many benefits of being a member – such as the free event with one of the world’s most prominent people, Robert Putnam. For further information on AU Alumni, go to (Photo: AU Communication) 
International student Mattis Lynde was one of the lucky few who got to talk to Robert Putnam after his lecture. “He did a good job. He certainly knows his rhetoric, and he has done some very interesting research. His points were clear, and it was easy to follow how he arrived at his conclusions.” Photo: AU Communication 
There were no available seats in the Main Hall at Aarhus University for ‘An evening with Putnam’. (Photo: AU Communication)

2014.12.16 | Events

Putnam drew a full house at the Main Hall

We have been told that America is the land of opportunities, but the growing opportunity gap between rich and poor makes it hard for people to advance from one social class to another. On 8 December, at a large-scale alumni event at AU, the renowned professor Robert Putnam declared that the American Dream is in crisis.

The photo is taken from the webpage of University of Capetown, where Jørgen Elklit spent the spring semester 2014.

2014.11.24 | People

Another award for recognized democracy researcher

Professor Jørgen Elklit awarded for his work on elections and new democracies.

2014.11.24 | People

Professor from Aarhus is associate editor for Oxford Research Encyclopedia

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen will be responsible for the political philosophy section.

2014.11.19 | News from the management

AMBA accreditation for School of Business and Social Sciences

School of Business and Social Sciences has been granted the AMBA accreditation from the internationally recognised accreditation association that awards accreditations to MBA programmes.

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