People Feature

Jacob Nyrup

DPhil student
DPhil in Politics

Research Interests: Comparative politics and political economy.

I am a DPhil student in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. In general my research interests lie within the field of comparative politics and political economy. My primary field of research is authoritarian regimes and the main question, which I try to answer in my thesis is “Why do some autocracies excel, while others fall behind? I am also doing research on promotions of public officials within authoritarian regimes and elections under authoritarian rule. Apart from my research on authoritarian regimes, I am interested in topics such as the development of the state, democratization and voting behaviour. In my research I tend to use a lot of data, statistics and formal modelling, but I do occasionally use more qualitative data as well. In addition to my research, I am working as a research assistant for Professor Ben Ansell on the project “Inward Conquest”.

Before I started on my doctorate I was working as a management consultant for the public sector in Denmark, where I worked on several projects, which aimed at helping the most disadvantaged people in Denmark. I have obtained a MSc (with distinction) in Political Economy and Political Science from London School of Economics and a MSc in Political Science from University of Copenhagen.

My stay at University of Oxford is supported by Jorcks Rejsestipendium, Knud Højgaards Fond, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Frimodt-Heineke Fonden and Laurits Andersens Fond.

Jacob Nyrup