Jonas Hedegaard Hansen
About me

I research all things related to behavior at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. I recently defended my PhD Dissertation about voter turnout and how mobilization affects turnout behavior.

I have a BSc and a MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen. I also studied journalism for six months and even worked as a journalist at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation for a short period. You can read more about my background in my CV.

I am currently teaching courses on Research Methods, Theories and Approaches to Politics, and Political Participation and Mobilization.


My current research focus on various types of political behavior. For instance, I study the political behavior of voters, party members, and school children around 15 years of age. Furthermore, I spent a large part of my time on applying insights from behavioral sciences to make interventions from public and private organizations more effective.

I recently handed in my  PhD dissertation about voter turnout and mobilization. I am especially interested in how individuals' social environment causally affects their turnout behavior. I approach this question using both Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) field experiments, panel data studies, observational studies and regression discontinuity designs.

I am part of a large research project entitled Causal Effects on Turnout at the Centre for Voting and Parties at University of Copenhagen. The project group consists of Kasper Møller Hansen (PI), Yosef BhattiJens Olav Dahlgaard and myself. We have conducted a number of GOTV field experiments in Denmark in collaboration with different organizations.

In addition, I am also studying other questions related to citizens' political behavior in general. This for instance involves studying the effect of election polls, if and how party leader debates on TV influence voters, how a democracy teaching program affects high school students and much more.

I am most-often applying quantitative methods. I have conducted several field and survey experiments. Furthermore, I have multiple papers using panel data as well as cross-sectional surveys.

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