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Koenraad Abts


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 809

    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 2007 2017

Measurement invariance, response styles, and rural-urban measurement comparability

Thomas, T. D., Abts, K. & Vander Weyden, P., Aug 2014, In : Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 45, 7, p. 1011-1027

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Response Styles and the Rural-Urban Divide

Thomas, T. D., Abts, K. & Vander Weyden, P., Feb 2014, In : Educational and Psychological Measurement. 74, 1, p. 97-115 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Trust in American government: Longitudinal measurement equivalence in the ANES, 1964-2008

Poznyak, D., Meuleman, B., Abts, K. & Bishop, G. F., Sep 2014, In : Social Indicators Research. 118, 2, p. 741-758

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review