DKK 28 million for Aarhus BSS researchers from the Independent Research Fund Denmark

Researchers from Aarhus BSS 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

Seven researchers from Aarhus BSS have received grants totalling DKK 28 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.

Associate Professor of Economics Thomas Kokholm will study how the increased volatility speculation has affected the stock market in general. In particular, he will study how negative shocks in the market are enhanced by institutional hedgers in connection with volatility contracts.

Assistant professor in psychology Maja Johansen will study how to optimise psychological pain treatment following breast cancer.

Assistant Professor Maj Nygaard-Christensen from the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences will conduct ethnographical fieldwork exploring the how social distancing affects the homeless and other vulnerable citizens for whom social contact can be vital.

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. The project from the Department of Economics and Business Economics has received a “DFF- Research Project 1 grant” of up to DKK 2.9 million. Maja Johansen has received an interdisciplinary DFF-Research Project 1 grant, while Maj Nygaard-Christensen has received a so-called “corona” grant.


Lene Aarøe, associate professor of political science
Amount: DKK 6,180,945
Project title: Exemplar Democracy - Psychological Biases and the Impact of Exemplars on Factual Perceptions and Attributions of Government Responsibility    

Lars Thorup Larsen, associate professor of political science
Amount: DKK 5,761,096
Project title:  Exemplar Democracy - Psychological Biases and the Impact of Exemplars on Factual Perceptions and Attributions of Government Responsibility    

Jens Peter Andersen, senior researcher at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy
Amount: DKK 5,990,585
Project title: Scientific Elites    

Derek Beach, professor of political science
Amount: DKK 3,637,958
Project title: Mechanisms and Mechanistic Evidence in the Social Sciences (MMESS)
See also: DKK 3,6 million for research into EU’s handling of coronavirus crisis   

Thomas Sander Kokholm, associate professor of economics
Amount: DKK 2,652,533
Project title: The interplay between volatility speculators, institutional hedgers and market disruptions    

Maja Johannsen, assistant professor of psychology
Amount: DKK  2,613,435
Project title: To bring the field forward, we need to take a step back: Optimizing Psychological Treatment for Pain after Breast Cancer

Maj Nygaard-Christensen, assistant professor at the Centre for Alchohol and Drug Research at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Science
Amount: DKK 1,325,987
Project title: Covid-19 Lockdown Responses among Socially Marginalized Citizens: Social Distancing in Networks of Accelerated Intimacy


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