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New PhD student

Jesper Rasmussen is new PhD student at the Department

[Translate to English:] Jesper Rasmussen
[Translate to English:] Jesper Rasmussen. Foto: Aarhus BSS Kommunikation og Eksterne Relationer

A recent report on hateful online behaviour made by the Danish Institute for Human Rights showed that one in seven comments on two major Danish media outlets’ Facebook platforms were hostile, even after the feed had undergone editorial revision. As every seventh comment you hear in your everyday conversations is not hostile, it suggests that hostility may be triggered by specific online characteristics. This puzzle is important because online hostility has profound consequences for democratic societies, including on the willingness for individuals to participate in public political discussions and increasing divisions in society. However, in order to prevent, interdict and mitigate online political hostility it is essential to understand why people are being hostile online, and how it affects others.


My project is a part of the Research on Online Political Hostility (ROPH) project. In my research, I will examine the causes and consequences of online political hostility, including what people bring with them from their offline context in terms of psychological, sociological and political predispositions, and how it is translated into online behaviour. Doing so, I plan to employ both qualitative and experimental methods.


I hold a Master’s degree from Aarhus University. As a student at the Department of Political Science, I worked as a student assistant as well as a TA in Methodology I and Introduction to Political Science. During my studies, I spent two semesters abroad at City University of Hong Kong and at the Danish Mission to the UN in New York.


Lasse Lindekilde is my main supervisor and Lasse Laustsen is my co-supervisor.