Centre researchers

Per Mouritsen is Professor of Political Theory and Citizenship Studies at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. His research examines citizenship and public service, tolerance and multiculturalism, migration studies, classical and modern political theory, republicanism. He leads the project ‘What Makes Children of Immigrants Thrive’ (2016-20) and leads the Danish partner team on several international projects investigating integration and citizenship policy, including current projects GOVCIT and ACT (see links on center page). Past projects include ‘ACCEPT PLURALISM: Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion’ (7th EU Framework Program) and EMILIE concerning European perspectives on citizenship and multiculturalism.

Simon Calmar Andersen

H bygn. 1340, 327
P +4587165725
P +4561666501

Simon Calmar Andersen is Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University. His research examines different aspects of political institutions and management strategies and their impact on organizational performance, especially within education. Within this field, he has developed national instruments to study child well-being, and has conducted studies of the effects of native language instruction and ethnic diversity in public schools on educational and well-being related outcomes. He is a member of Trygfondens Centre for Child Research and the Research Advisory Board for the Danish National Centre for Social Research, as well as for the Public Management Evidence Lab (City University of Hong Kong).

Tore Vincents Olsen

H bygn. 1332, 117
P +4587165637
P +4560866137

Tore Vincents Olsen is Associate Professor of political theory. He primarily works with the application of theories of toleration, recognition and multiculturalism, post-national democracy, deliberation and compromise, education and citizenship to topics such immigration and integration policies, citizenship education and European integration. He has published in Journal of European Public Policy, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Comparative Education.

Emily Cochran Bech is Assistant Professor of Political Science within comparative politics. She conducts research on national identity, political trust, and inter-group dynamics, with a special focus on how citizenship, immigration and integration politics affect immigrants and their children. Her current research focuses on how politicians’ appeals about specific social groups in society—including specific immigrant and ethnic minority groups—influences people’s trust in government.

Kristian Jensen is Assistant Professor of Political Science. His research interests concern the social and political integration of immigrants – especially through schooling - and how different ideas about integration, identity and culture inform and legitimize political dynamics and the formulation of national and local policies. Kristian will work as an assistant professor on the project When Do Children of Immigrants Thrive? from the summer of 2016.

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Kristina Bakkær Simonsen is PhD Candidate in Political Science (affiliated with the section for Political Sociology). Her research interests concern national identity, immigrant integration, ethnic identity, symbolic boundary drawing, discrimination, in- and exclusion, and quantitative and qualitative methods. She holds an MSc in Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Ethnicity) from the London School of Economics (graduated with distinction) and an MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University (graduated top of class). In the spring 2016, she was Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology at Harvard University, sponsored on a Fulbright scholarship. She has published in European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift.

External partners

Pieter Bevelander, Professor and Director,
Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University

Karen Borevi, Associate Professor,
School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University

Grete Brochmann, Professor,
Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Christian Fernandez, Associate Professor,
Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University

Christian Joppke, Professor and chair in General Sociology,
University of Bern