Prof.dr. Kees Aarts


prof. Kees Aarts(foto: Bart de Vries)

Professor of Political Science


Scientific Director Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS)

Telephone: + 31 53 489 3251 (direct) / 3280 (PA) / 3423 (IGS)

Fax: + 31 53 489 2159

Email: Kees Aarts

Ravelijn building, office 4270


Kees Aarts is Professor of Political Science in the School of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences. He is also Scientific Director of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS), the priority research institute of the University of Twente for management, social and behavioral sciences. He received Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Amsterdam (1979 and 1985), and his PhD degree from the University of Twente (1990).

Aarts’ research focuses on democracy, elections and public opinion. His current professional activities include: president of the Dutch Political Science Association (Nederlandse Kring voor Wetenschap der Politiek); chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of DANS – Data Archiving and Networking Services; member of the Social Sciences Council (Sociaal-Wetenschappelijke Raad) of the KNAW; board member of the Wiardi Beckman Stichting, scientific bureau for social democracy in the Netherlands. He currently serves on the editorial boards of American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, and Methodological Innovations Online and was until recently (2015) co-editor of Acta Politica.

Kees Aarts is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).


Kees Aarts has conducted commissioned research projects on elections, electoral behavior, and (survey) research methods. 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) and IGS Datalab.



Kees Aarts, Jacques Thomassen and Carolien van Ham (2014), Globalization, representation, and attitudes towards democracy, in: Jacques Thomassen (ed.) Elections and democracy: Representation and accountability. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 201-231


Sedef Turper, Shanto Iyengar, Kees Aarts & Minna van Gerven (2014). Who is Less Welcome?: The Impact of Individuating Cues on Attitudes towards Immigrants. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.


Marieke Haan, Yfke P. Ongena, and Kees Aarts(2014) Reaching Hard-to-Survey Populations: Mode Choice and Mode Preference in: Journal of Official Statistics 30:2, 355–379


Elections, democracy, public opinion and electoral behavior, methodology


Please refer to the relevant Blackboard sites and/or Osiris course information:


Bachelor European Public Administration, Module 2.1 (Research Methods)


Bachelor European Public Administration, Module 2.3 (Political Science)


Masterclass Academic Research (2015000145)


Masterclass (coordinator) Strategie, Beleid en Politiek: refer to the website.


Thesis supervision (Bsc, Msc, PhD)



An extensive curriculum vitae is available upon request.