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    5037 DB Tilburg



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Research interests

Koen Abts obtained a PhD degree on the relationship between social resentment and ethno-populism. This research was awarded the Frans Van Cauwelaert prize 2014. His research interests include modernization theory, resentment, anti-immigrant attitudes, welfare attitudes, political cynicism, voting behavior, populism and Euroscepticism. Recently, he has initiated a new project the transformation of the left-right divide: changing socio-economic attitudes and voting behavior. Besides, Koen is also affiliated to the Institute of Social and Political Opinion Research (ISPO KU Leuven) as research coordinator of the Belgian National Election Study (BNES) and the Belgian Ethnic Minorities Election Study (BEMES).


Key Words:


Modernization theories (globalization and individualization)

Urban Sociology


Values studies: cultural, social, welfare and political attitudes

Political sociology



Qualitative research


Survey methodology

Current courses

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External positions

(Instituut voor Sociaal en Politiek Opinie Onderzoek)

1 Sep 2016 → …

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Research Output

Open Access
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    Attitudes Toward Asylum Policy in a Divided Europe: Diverging Contexts, Diverging Attitudes?

    Abts, K., 22 May 2020, In : Frontiers in Sociology. 5, 35

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access

    Economic conditions, group relative deprivation and ethnic threat perceptions: A cross-national perspective

    Meuleman, B., Abts, K., Schmidt, P., Pettigrew, T. F. & Davidov, E., 2020, In : Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 46, 3, p. 593-611

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Lost connection? The attitudinal and ideological (in)congruence of social democracy's elites, members and voters in Flanders-Belgium

    Gaasendam, C. R., Abts, K., Swyngedouw, M. & Meuleman, B., 24 Apr 2020, In : Acta Politica. 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Welfare deservingness opinions from heuristic to measurable concept: The CARIN deservingness principles scale

    Meuleman, B., Roosma, F. & Abts, K., 2020, In : Social Science Research. 85, 15 p., 102352.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review