Prof.dr. Kees Aarts


picture of prof. Kees Aarts

Photo: Gijs van Ouwerkerk

Professor of Political Science, and Scientific Director

Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS)

Telephone: + 31 53 489 3251 / 3280

Fax: + 31 53 489 2159

Email: Kees Aarts

Ravelijn building room: 1444



Kees Aarts (1959) is Professor of Political Science in the School of Management and Governance. He is also Scientific Director of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS), one of the research institutes of the University of Twente. His research focuses on democracy, elections and electoral behavior, in the Netherlands as well as in an international comparative perspective. Aarts received Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Amsterdam (1979 and 1985), and his PhD degree from the University of Twente (1990).

Aarts is co-editor of Acta Politica, and currently serves on the editorial boards of American Political Science Review (2012-16), Electoral Studies, and Methodological Innovations Online. He is Chair of the Board of the Dutch Foundation for Electoral Research (SKON). He is also a member of the Planning Committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), and of the Board of Overseers of the Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Sciences project at CentERData, Tilburg. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of DANS – Data Archiving and Networking Services and of the Social Sciences Council (Sociaal-Wetenschappelijke Raad) of the KNAW.

In 2011, Kees Aarts was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).


Kees Aarts has conducted and is conducting several commissioned research projects on elections and electoral behavior. He also serves as a methodological consultant. As Scientific Director of IGS, he is strongly involved in its research themes and spearheads, including the Knowledge Center for Risk Management, Safety and Security (KCRV)



Kees Aarts and Maarten Arentsen (forthcoming 2014). Public opinion and nuclear energy in the Netherlands 1977-2010, in: Paul Thurner and Wolfgang Mueller (eds.), Phasing out, phasing out: policy reversals in nuclear energy. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Ann-Kristin Kölln and Kees Aarts (2013), Signalling through vote intention polls between elections, in: Peter Esaiasson and Hanne-Marte Narud (eds.), Between-election democracy: The representative relationship after election day. Colchester: ECPR Press 


Kees Aarts and Holli Semetko (2012), The Commercialization of European Public Service Broadcasting and Political Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior. Chapter 15 in: Holli A. Semetko and Margaret Scammell (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Political Communication. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 186-196


(with Audun Fladmoe and Jesper Strömback) (2012). Media, political trust and political knowledge: A comparative perspective, in: Toril Aalberg and James Curran (eds.) How media inform democracy: A comparative approach. New York: Routledge, 98-118


Kees Aarts, André Blais and Hermann Schmitt (eds.) (2011), Political leaders and democratic elections. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Elections, public opinion and electoral behavior, methodology



Masterclass European Studies Methodology(194119)


Module coordinator in Master of Public Management program; and Masterclass Beleid Politiek en Management: refer to the website.



A curriculum vitae is available upon request.