DKK 21.5 millioner for political science from the Independent Research Fund Denmark

Four political scientists receive major grants in this year’s allocation of funding from the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF).

2020.05.19 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

Associate professor of political science Lene Aarøe is one of the researchers to receive a grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Photo: Aarhus BSS

Four researchers from the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS at Aarhus Universitet have received grants totalling DKK 21.5 million from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The grants will go towards ground-breaking research projects that will contribute to solving some of the challenges of society.

Associate Professor of Political Science Lene Aarøe will study the media’s use of case persons and how this may skew the population’s view on who is to blame for major societal problems: the government or individuals.

Associate Professor of Political Science Lars Thorup Larsen will study the population’s resistance to knowledge authorities such as professional experts, political institutions and official media channels. Why do ordinary citizens in some cases reject knowledge authorities, and is this resistance spreading?

Senior Researcher Jens Peter Andersen from the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy will explore the inequality in the distribution of research grants. And how it affects the scientific development that a small group of elite researchers receive more and larger research grants.

In his project, Professor of Political Science Derek Beach will develop better case-study methods. The cases are based on the EU’s crisis management in relation to the current coronavirus crisis.

The four projects from the Department of Political Science have each received a “DFF-Research Project 2 grant” of up to DKK 6.2 million. 


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