I study professionals and expertise in public policy and public administration. I use comparative and historical methods and much else. I am postdoc at the Danish school of Education, where I study the use of predictive algorithms in public administration, as part of the 'Algorithms, Data, and Democracy' project.

I completed my PhD thesis at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School, with supervision from Professor Leonard Seabrooke and Associate professor Anders Blok. I am most familiar with issues of tax policy, behavioral economics and public health security. Please consult my publications, or reach out if you want to know more or get in touch!

I have a masters degree in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen, and enjoy coding, social theory and political economic history. I also have an ongoing interest in new forms of green and environmental engagement in urban contexts.

I edit Dansk Sociologi, journal of the Danish Sociological Association.

Email: jlt [at] edu.au.dk

Phone: +45 24 46 98 66

Office: B 234, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV

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On Public Health

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob, Søren Lund Frandsen (2022) Pandemic preparedness systems and diverging COVID-19 responses within similar public health regimes: a comparative study of expert perceptions of pandemic response in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Globalization & Health 18, 3.

Frandsen, Søren Lund, Jakob Laage-Thomsen (2022) Knowledge mandates: A comparative approach to independent agencies’ legal, technical, and moral authority. Working paper.

Frandsen, Søren Lund; Jakob Laage-Thomsen, J. (2020). Pandemic intellectuals. Acta Sociologica.

On Behavioral Insights

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob (2021) Professional expertise in policy advisory systems: How administrators and consultants built behavioral insights in Danish public agencies. Public Administration; 1– 16.

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob (2022) Nudging the Norse: How experts connect across politico-administrative and expert ecologies to establish Behavioral Insight professionalism in public policy, Working paper

On Tax Policy

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob, Leonard Seabrooke (2021) Actors and Authority in the International Tax Ecosystem. In: Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators - Bringing Tax Money Back into the COFFERS. (Ed.) Brigitte Unger; Lucia Rossel; Joras Ferwerda. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 8-26.

On Urban Greening and Civic Engagement

Blok, Anders; Juvik, Amanda; Kvist Møller, Anna; Raaschou-Pedersen, Jonas; Laage-Thomsen, Jakob (2022) The place of greening: comparing civic engagement scenes of urban natures across Danish cities. City & Community.

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob; Anders Blok (2021) Varieties of Green: On Aesthetic Contestations Over Urban Sustainability Pathways in a Copenhagen Community Garden. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, Vol. 4, No. 2, 6.2021, p. 275-295.

Anette Gravgaard Christensen; Jakob Laage-Thomsen; Anders Blok (2020) Urban Green Communities : Towards a Pragmatic Sociology of Civic Commonality in Sustainable City-making. In: The Role of Non-State Actors in the Green Transition: Building a Sustainable Future. ed. /Jens Hoff; Quentin Gausset; Simon Lex. Abingdon : Routledge, p. 114-135 (Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies)

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob; Anders Blok (2020) Civic Modes of Greening the City?: Urban Natures In-between Familiar Engagement and Green Critique. Local Environment: The international journal of justice and sustainability, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2020, p. 162-178.

Christensen, Anette Gravgaard; Troels Krarup; Jakob Laage-Thomsen; A.K. Juvik (2020) ”Fælleshed som by-naturens ”sted”: Metodologiske tilgange til ”familiært engagement” i bygrønne fællesskaber” for Dansk Sociologi (2019-4)

Presentations and working papers

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob; Lund Frandsen, Søren (2021, June) Mandate to protect and mandate to heal: Changing Knowledge Mandates on Pandemic Preparedness in the Nordics. Presented at 33st Annual Meeting. SASE

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob; Lund Frandsen, Søren; (2021, May) Overflowing Knowledge Mandates: Reconfiguring Socio-Technical Systems of Preparedness Expertise in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden during COVID-19. Presented at Nordic STS conference 2021

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob (2020, July) Building Behavioral Insights into Administrative Expertise: External Knowledge Advisors in Danish Public Agencies. Presented at 36th EGOS Colloquium.

Christensen, Rasmus Corlin; Oddný Helgadóttir; Jakob Laage-Thomsen; Leonard Seabrooke; Saila Stausholm; Duncan Wigan (2019) Tracing Corporate Forms Across Sectors, Utrecht : Coffers 2019, 23 p. (Coffers Project Deliverables, No. D4.8)

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob (2019, June). Characterizing the Market (s) for Management Consulting Services to Public Organizations in Denmark. Presented at 31st Annual Meeting. SASE.

Blok, Anders and Jakob Laage-Thomsen (July 2018) Modes of urban greening? Civic urban natures in-between familiar engagement and green critique. Presented at EASST2018, Lancaster University