Klaus Levinsen

Ph.D., Associate professor

  • Niels Bohrs Vej 9

    6700 Esbjerg


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Klaus Levinsen

Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics, SDU

Mobile: +45 40227626




2019- Vice-Head of Department, Department of Sociology, Environment and Business Economics, SDU

2016- Associate professor, Department of Sociology, Environment and Business Economics, SDU.

2016-2018 Associate professor, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, SDU

2006-2016 Associate professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, SDU.

2002-2006 Assistant professor, Political sociology, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, SDU.

2001-2002 Research fellow, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, SDU.

1998-2001 Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, SDU.

1996-1997 External lecturer, Danish University of Education.

1994-1998 Lecturer/Senior lecturer, Social Science, Odense College of Education.



1999-2002 PhD Political Science, SDU University of Southern Denmark

1992-1994 MA Political Science & Sociology (cand.scient.soc), Aalborg University

1989-1992 BA Political Science & Public Administration, Aalborg University



2017-2019 The Danish Value Survey

2016-2019 Cooperation between the voluntary and the local government sector (Samspillet mellem den frivillige og den kommunale sektor) (with Bjarne Ibsen)

2014-2015 Evaluation of the Danish School Elections 2015 (with Kasper Møller Hansen, University of Copenhagen) (Requestor: The Danish Parliament Folketinget)

2011-2015 MYPLACE Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement (funded by EU 7th Framework Programme for research (7,9 mill Euro) with Carsten Yndigegn (4 mill D.kr.)

2007-2012 Institutional reforms and Social Capital (Co-directed with Bjarne Ibsen, funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Social Sciences: 2,6 mill D.kr.)

2008-2011 Youth in the News (with Charlotte Wien)

2008- The Danish Value Survey

2007- The Danish Journalist Survey (with Christian Elmelund-Præstekær and David N. Hopmann)

2005-2010 Forskningsprogrammet om Strukturreformen

1999-2004 The Danish Value Survey

2002-2003 Size and Local Democracy

1998-2002 Unges politiske værdier - i et generationsperspektiv, Ph.D-project [Eng: Political values in a generational perspective]




PhD supervisor, Sociology: Bo Villumsen 2018-

Ph.D. supervisor, Political Science: Malene Thøgersen 2008-2012; Malene B. Winther (co-supervisor) 2009-2013.

2017- Masters thesis supervisor (MSc Cultural Sociology)

2006-2015 Masters thesis supervisor (MA Journalism)

2003-2016 Masters thesis supervisor (MSc Political Science)

2003-2004 Masters thesis supervisor, Social science program for upper secondary education


Courses taught 

PhD level:

2013 Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing, (PhD course, Faculty of Humanities)

Masters level:

2013, 2015 Survey Methodology (quantitative) (MSc Political Science)

2012 Political participation (MSc Political Science)

2007-2008 Media sociology (MSc Political Science and Journalism)

2006 (October) SOCRATES-teacher at Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, La Sapienza Università di Roma

2003-2004 Political values in Denmark and Europe (MSc Political Science)

BSc level:

2019- Political Sociology (BSc Sociology)

2018- BSc project course (BSc Sociology)

2017- General Sociology (Almen Sociologi) (BSc Sociology)

2017- BSc-seminar supervisor (BSc Sociology)

2016-2017 Living conditions and life-modes (BSc Sociology)

2016 Problembased project work (BSc Sociology)

2011-2015 Methods III (BSc Political Science))

2005-2016 Sociology (BSc Political Science)

2001-2016 BSc-seminar supervisor (BSc Political Science)

2002-2004 Sociology of education (Diploma in Public Management)

1999-2007 Social science philosophy and epistemology (BSc Political Science)

1998-1999 Introductory Political Science (BSc Political Science)

1996-1997 Organization theory, The Danish University of Education

1994-1998 Social science, Odense College of Education

1994-1998 Danish History and Society, Odense College of Education



2019- Member of the Gender Equality Team at The Faculty of Social Sciences, SDU

2017- Member of Department Council, Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics, SDU.

2015- Member of the University Library Committee, SDU

2014- Member of Teoretisk pædagogikums faggruppe for Samfundsfaglige og merkantile fag

2014- External examiner at Public Management Programs and Global Studies, Roskilde University, and Public Management and Social Science programs, Aalborg University.

2010- External examiner at the Political Science programs at Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, and SDU.

2010-2016 Chairman of The Danish University Extension in Odense (Folkeuniversitetet)

2007-2016 Member of the board of The Danish University Extension in Odense.

2007-2014 Member of the social science program committee, Danish University Extension, Odense.

2013-2016 Member of The Committee for Internationalization of Educations, Faculty of Social Sciences, SDU.

2010-2011 Member of university committee for research-based teaching, SDU.

2010-2011 Member of the Electoral Commission, The Danish Youth Council.

2010-2011 Member of working group E-election, The Danish Board of Technology.


2008-2011 Head of Studies, Political Science and Social Science programs

2008-2011 Chairman of Studies Committee, Political Science programs


2005-2013 Member of the Studies Committee for Political Science program

2007 Reviewer of the Youth Strategy of Odense Municipality

2006-2007 Member of National Committee for training of secondary school teachers in Social Sciences

2003-2007 Member of the steering committee, Center for University Teaching



Reviewer for academic journals: International Sociology, Scandinavian Political Studies, Journal of Youth Studies, Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, Journal of Civil Society, Voluntas: International Journal for Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Crime Science, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Politica, Dansk Sociologi, Tidsskrift for Politik, Journalistica, Tidsskrift for Ungdomsforskning, Nordidactica, Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv

Reviewer for academic publishers: University Press of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University Press, Cappelen Damm Akademisk (Oslo)

Member of editorial board: Dansk Sociologi 2012-



2019 Chair of PhD assessment committee, Sociology, SDU (May).

2018 Chair of Post Doc assessment committee, Sociology, SDU (June).

2018 Chair of Associate professor assessment committee, Business and Politics, CBS (June).

2017/18 Chair of PhD assessment committee, Sociology, SDU (October).

2017 External reviewer of research proposals, Leuven University (March).

2017 Member of Post Doc assessment committee, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aalborg University (June).

2014-2016 Member of permanent PhD assessment committee, Political Science, SDU.

2011 Chair of PhD assessment committee, Journalism, SDU (January).

2008 Chair of Associate professor assessment committee, Faculty of Humanities, SDU (September).

2007 Member of Associate professor assessment committee, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University (June).

2006 Member of doctoral commitee, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg (April).



2009 PhD supervisor course, Social Science Faculty, University of Southern Denmark, June 22-23.

2009 Lederudviklingsforløb, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige fakultet, SDU & Ankerhus A/S

2009 Anerkendende ledelse, Folkeuniversitetet i Odense

2008 Lederuddannelse for studieledere, Copenhagen Business School & Syddansk Universitet

2000 Causal Reasoning in Data Analysis, Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex, July-August

2000 Interpretative Methodologies for Analysing Text and Talk, Summerschool in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex, July-August

Research areas

  • Citizens Participation
  • Voluntary Organizations
  • Voters’ Behavior
  • Citizenship and Society
  • Youth Participation
  • Questionnaire Survey
  • Democracy and Power


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