29 September 2015

Six new postdoc grants with international outlook for the Faculty of Social Sciences


This term, more than half of the postdoc grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research in the category Social Sciences were awarded to the Faculty of Social Sciences at UCPH. On top of that, there was a grant in the category Humanities. This research funding is extremely important says Dean Troels Østergaard Sørensen.

Once again the Faculty of Social Sciences demonstrated its position as a leading research environment when six of the Faculty’s researchers were awarded postdoc grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research. A total of DKK 138 million was awarded to 67 young research talents from all over the country. In the category Social Sciences the researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences at UCPH were awarded five out of the nine available grants.

Anne Folke Larsen, Jeppe Druedahl, and Anders Ib Munk-Nielsen from the Department of Economics received three of the grants. Peter Marcus Kristensen from the Department of Political Science and Christoph Houman Ellersgaard from the Department of Sociology each received a grant, and the last grant, in the category Humanities, went to Trine Mygind Korsgaard at the Department of Anthropology.

- We know that we have many research talents at the Faculty, but I am still especially delighted to see them rewarded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. The funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research is extremely important for research in the social sciences, because it gives the researchers the opportunity to freely develop their own ideas. And, historically it is within the framework of the independent research that all the major research breakthroughs have taken place, says Dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Troels Østergaard Sørensen.

Focus on international collaboration

The postdoc grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research are specifically aimed at offering the best possible framework for young researchers to achieve substantial research results of high international standard.

Chair at the Board of Directors, Peter Munk Christiansen, explains that it is the mission of the Council to spot the best research talents in the country, and he is happy that the ambitious research projects include ambitions of strong international research collaborations.

- The postdoc grants help ensure the pipeline of new talent in Danish research, so that we continue to have a solid basis for creating groundbreaking research results. The international collaboration helps ensure that, and therefore it is positive that all grant recipients work within an international framework, he says.

The six faculty researchers will now have two years to further their research training, and find answers to scientific questions like the market for prescription drugs, the impact of the financial crisis on consumption and the housing market, the developmental consequences of mal-nourished children in rural Africa, political tensions linked to new super powers, how the Danish elite uses its network, and money flow among Rumanian criminals in Europe.

List of projects

Fortune Chasers: Transnational Hustling and the Everyday Livelihoods of Organised Theft and Scamming in Europe.
Trine Mygind Korsby, Department of Anthropology.

States of Emergence: A Genealogy of Emerging Powers in World Politics.
Peter Marcus Kristensen, Department of Political Science.

Drought shocks, food shortage and child height.
Anna Folke Larsen, Department of Economics.

Booms and Busts in Consumption and Housing Demand.
Jeppe Druedahl, Department of Economics.

Dynamic Aspects of Competition: Optimal Regulation of the Pharmaceutical Market.
Anders Ib Munk-Nielsen, Department of Economics.

Tied up? Exploring elite cohesion in the intersection of networks and careers.
Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, Department of Sociology.