Jacob Nyrup

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Political Science
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Mobile phone +4551342188
Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1097 Blindern 0317 Oslo


I have been at University of Oslo since April 2021. My research interests are quite broad, but I mainly work within comparative politics and political economy, and most of my work includes quantitative methods. Amongst other things, I have - together with great colleagues - created the largest global dataset on governing elites, studied the patterns of promotions in Nazi Germany, and tried to explain why women are under-represented in in Danish municipal politics. I am currently working on exciting new projects on the politics of authoritarian rule together with the ELDAR-project located at University of Oslo, while trying to publish my PhD-project.

This is only a snippet of my research agenda. If you want to know more you can visit my webpage. My CV is also found here.

Research Interests

  • Political economy
  • Comparative politics
  • Autocracies
  • Political elites
  • Wealth inequality
  • Danish municipalities
  • Survey methods
  • Applied statistics


  • I am a member of the The Emergence, Life, and Demise of Autocratic Regimes (ELDAR) project led by Carl Henrik Knutsen.
  • I am the co-creator of the WhoGov dataset. WhoGov is the largest available dataset on members of government across time and countries and won the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Best Data Set Award 2021. Further information is found at the project's webpage.
  • I was a PhD Researcher at WEALTHPOL led by Professor Ben Ansell.


  • DPhil (PhD) in Political Science, University of Oxford, 2020
  • MSc in Political Science, University of Copenhagen, 2015
  • MSc in Political Science and Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014
  • BSc in Political Science, University of Copenhagen, 2013


Tags: Democracy, Comparative Politics, Conflict


Povitkina, Marina and Ketevan Bolkvadze (2019) “Fresh pipes with dirty water: How quality of government shapes the provision of public goods in democracies”, European Journal of Political Research  58: 4, 1191-1212

Povitkina, Marina (2018). Necessary but not Sustainable? The Limits of Democracy in Achieving Environmental Sustainability. Göteborg studies in politics 155, edited by Bo Rothstein, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg. Doctoral dissertation

Povitkina, Marina (2018) The Limits of Democracy in Tackling Climate Change. Environmental Politics 27(3): 411–432

Lægreid, Ole Martin and Marina Povitkina (2018) Do Political Institutions Moderate GDP-CO2 relationship? Ecological Economics 145: 441–450

Ahlbom Persson, Tove and Marina Povitkina (2017) “"Gimme Shelter": The role of democracy and quality of government in disaster preparedness” Political Research Quarterly 70(4): 833-847

Sjöstedt, Martin and Marina Povitkina (2017) “Vulnerability of Small Island Development States. How much difference can effective governments make?” Journal of Environment and Development 26(1): 82-105.

Boräng, Frida, Jagers, Sverker C. and Marina Povitkina (2016) “Political determinants of electricity provision in small island developing states” Energy Policy 98(c): 725-734

Jagers, Sverker C., Povitkina, Martin, Sjöstedt, Martin and Aksel Sundström (2016) “Paradise Islands? Island States and Environmental Performance” Sustainability 8(3): 285.

Povitkina, Marina, Jagers Sverker C., Sjöstedt, Martin and Aksel Sundström (2015) “Democracy, development and the marine environment - A global time-series investigation” Ocean & Coastal Management 105: 25-34.

Povitkina Marina (2015) “"Green" potential of small island states. A Comparative Study” in Bäckstrand Karin, Kronsell Annika (eds) “Rethinking the Green State: Environmental Governance towards Climate and Sustainability Transitions”, Routledge: London

  • Ansell, Ben; Hjorth, Frederik; Nyrup, Jacob & Vinæs Larsen, Martin (2021). Sheltering Populists? House Prices and the Support for Populist Parties. Journal of Politics. ISSN 0022-3816.
  • Aaskoven, Lasse & Nyrup, Jacob (2021). Performance and Promotions in an Autocracy: Evidence from Nazi Germany. Comparative politics. ISSN 0010-4159.
  • Nyrup, Jacob; Bokobza, Laure; Krishnarajan, Suthan; Sakstrup, Casper & Aaskoven, Lasse (2021). The Morning After: Cabinet Instability and the Purging of Ministers after Failed Coup Attempts in Autocracies. Journal of Politics. ISSN 0022-3816.

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Published Apr. 13, 2021 9:17 AM - Last modified May 6, 2021 11:44 AM