Kaat Smets

Dr Kaat Smets

Associate Professor of Politics

I am an Associate Professor (Reader the UK system) of Politics (Quantitative Methods) in the Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London. I am also co-editor-in-chief of Electoral Studies, co-investigator of the Marie Curie Doctoral Network Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Adolescence & Democracy (IP-PAD), and currently serve as Deputy Head of Department. My broad research interests are in political behaviour, elections, political socialisation, generational change, the development of political attitudes and behaviours, comparative politics, survey research and research methods.

A lot of my research focuses on why people participate in politics and I am particularly interested in how patterns of political participation change over time. Since the political behaviour of young people seems to drive new patterns of political participation that have emerged over the last decades, a lot of my research focuses on young people’s politics.

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