Postdoctoral research fellow
Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP)
Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences
University of Siena
Via Mattioli, 10 – 53100 SIENA (Italy)
I have joined the Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP) in Siena, Italy as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2009 after following my doctoral studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I currently participate in various research activities of the research centre and am responsible for the data management and data analysis of cross-national public opinion surveys. In addition, I teach courses in quantitative methods at the Graduate School in Political Science of the University of Siena.
I hold a baccalaureate in Journalism and Communications from Fontys Hogeschool in Tilburg (The Netherlands) as well as an M.A. from the VU University in Amsterdam and an M.Res. from the European University Institute. My general research interests include political behaviour, elections, political sociology, comparative politics and research methods. My work appears in Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, Parliamentary Affairs, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
- Smets, K. and A. Neundorf (forthcoming), ‘The Hierarchies of Age-Period-Cohort Research: Political Context and the Development of Generational Turnout Patterns’, Accepted for publication in Electoral Studies.
- Smets, K. and C. van Ham (2013), ‘The Embarrassment of Riches? A Meta-Analysis of Individual Level Research on Voter Turnout’, Electoral Studies, 32(2), pp. 344–359.
- Smets, K. (2013), ‘De opkomstkloof tussen jong volwassenen en ouderen in nationale verkiezingen: een vergelijkend onderzoek’ (The Age Gap in Voter Turnout Between Young Adults and Older Citizens in National Elections: A Comparative Study), Res Publica, 55(1), pp. 11-36.
- Hooghe, M. and Smets, K. (2013), ‘Inleiding: Jongeren en politiek in verandering’ (Introduction: Youth and Politics in Times of Change ), Res Publica, 55(1), pp. 5-9.
- Stegmaier, M., M. Lewis-Beck and K. Smets (2013), ‘Standing for Parliament: Do Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Candidates Pay Extra?’, Parliamentary Affairs, 66(2), pp. 268-285.
- Neundorf, A., K. Smets and G. García-Albacete (2013), ‘Homemade Citizens: The De- velopment of Political Interest During Adolescence and Young Adulthood’, Acta Politica, 48(1), pp. 92-116.
- Smets, K. (2012), ‘A Widening Generational Divide? The Age Gap in Voter Turnout Through Time and Space’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 22(4), pp. 407-430.
- ‘Jongeren en politiek’ (Youth and Politics), co-edited with Marc Hooghe. Special issue of Res Publica 55(1).
- ‘A Widening Generational Divide? Assessing the Age Gap in Voter Turnout Between Younger and Older Citizens’, PhD dissertation, Florence: European University Institute, 2010.
- ‘The Making of Political Generations: Party Preferences and National Governments across Western Democracies’ (with Anja Neundorf), Nuffield’s Working Papers Series in Politics 2012-02, Oxford: Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2012).
- ‘Belgium’ (with Kris Van Berendoncks and Steven Van Hecke) in: The 2009 Elections to the European Parliament. Country Reports edited by Wojciech Gagatek, Florence: European University Institute, electronic publication (2010).
- ‘The Netherlands’ (with Carolien van Ham) in: The 2009 Elections to the European Parliament. Country Reports edited by Wojciech Gagatek, Florence: European University Institute, electronic publication (2010).
Contributions to reports
- Transatlantic Trends – Key Findings Report: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; Transatlantic Trends: Immigration – Key Findings Report: 2009, 2010, 2011; Transatlantic Trends: Leaders – Key Findings Report: 2010. All published by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.