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Gert-Jan Put is a F.R.S.-FNRS Chargé de Recherches (Postdoctoral Researcher) at the Department of Political, Social and Communication Sciences, University of Namur. He is part of the Research Institute Transitions. From October 2017 until December 2019, Gert-Jan was a Senior Researcher at the Research Center for Regional Economics at KU Leuven. Before that, he was active as a private sector policy and communication consultant, organizing stakeholder relations and developing citizen participation initiatives for regional and local governments and private sector clients.

Gert-Jan obtained his PhD at KU Leuven in December 2015, and holds visiting positions at Tel Aviv University (2013-2014) and University of Helsinki (March 2019). He currently teaches Public Policy Analysis and Comparative Politics at the University of Namur. Previously, Gert-Jan has been a guest lecturer in Comparative Politics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Université Catholique de Lille (France) and KU Leuven for several undergraduate and graduate level courses.

His broad research interests cover electoral geography, intra-party electoral competition, candidate selection and electoral systems. His current F.R.S.-FNRS funded postdoctoral project focuses on the role of candidate geography in intra-party competition in European countries using list PR electoral systems. Gert-Jan is currently also co-coordinating the INTRAPARTYCOMP project together with Jérémy Dodeigne (UNamur) and Jean-Benoit Pilet (ULB), which involves the compilation and analysis of candidate-level election results (ca. 500.000 observations) for all elections since the year 2000 in 33 countries. Previously, Gert-Jan has also been involved in several collaborative research projects on these topics, including the KANDI database project, Candidate Selection and Public Opinion and IntraComp. His work appears in journals such as Political Geography, West European Politics, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Behavior, Government & Opposition, Regional Studies and Politics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Guest Lecturer, KULeuven

1 Jan 202030 Sept 2020

Guest Lecturer, Université Libre de Bruxelles

1 Oct 201930 Sept 2020


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