Dr Kaat Smets

Kaat Smets

Dr Kaat Smets

Lecturer in Politics (Quantitative Methods)

Phone: +44 1784 414255

Educational background

  • Baccalaureate in Journalism and Communication, Fontys Hogeschool (Tilburg, The Netherlands)
  • MA in Politics and Communication in Europe, VU University (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • MRes in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute (Florence, Italy)
  • PhD in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute (Florence, Italy)

Personal profile

I joined the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London as a lecturer in September 2013. My research focuses on the development of political attitudes and political behaviour over the life span and I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in political behaviour and (quantitative) research methods. Previously I was affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP) at the University of Siena in Italy.

I defended my doctoral dissertation in 2010 at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I also hold a baccalaureate in Journalism and Communication from Fontys Hogeschool in Tilburg (The Netherlands), an MA in Communication and Politics in Europe from the VU University in Amsterdam and an MRes in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute.

My general research interests include political behaviour, elections, political sociology, comparative politics and research methods. My work appears in European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, Parliamentary Affairs, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties.




  • PR5921 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Politics and International Relations



  • PR2540 - Political behaviour

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