My name is Jacob Nyrup, and I am a DPhil-student in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Furthermore, I am a PhD Researcher at WEALTHPOL and a Graduate Scholar at the Oxford Q-Step Centre. I have unashamedly and uncreatively used the name my parents have given me as the url for this webpage. I mostly work within comparative politics and political economy. My CV can be found here. The page is still under construction, but I hope to present original datasets and visualizations in early 2019.

Bio and research interests

My research focus on three separate areas, namely authoritarian regimes, wealth inequality and Danish municipalities. To most people these three topics seem incompatible and weirdly unrelated. Nonetheless, my choice of research is not the result of a completely random walk.

I did my first master’s degree at London School of Economics, where I studied statistics and political economy. Here, I wrote my thesis on coalition formation in Danish Municipalities. This may sound dull to most people, but it actually concerns a fairly important issue; how is power distributed following an election? Furthermore, it opened up my eyes to the ocean of data, which is available on elections in Danish municipalities. This data can be used to test theories, which are important in political science, but rarely are tested empirically. If you want to know more about this, please click on here or on the tab ‘Danish Municipalities’.

After finishing my first master’s degree, I went on to do another at University of Copenhagen. Here, I took courses in development economics and comparative regime types. I found that, while there is a big body on literature on institutions in democracies, the literature on authoritarian regimes is lacking. Therefore, I decided to apply for a Ph.D., where I focused on this. There is more information on my research on this area on the research tab. Furthermore, the project Miniters of the world emanates from my Ph.D.

I began my Ph.D. at Oxford in October 2016. I have Ben Ansell as my supervisor. Here, I got affiliated with the WEALTHPOL-project. I therefore also work on wealth inequality. This research is often combined with my research on authoritarian regimes and Danish municipalities.


Phone No.: 0044 7743501990

Twitter: @jacob_nyrup