Jakob Laage-Thomsen

Postdoc, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo


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 Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, where I study green tax policy and expertise. Before I was postdoc at the Danish school of Education, where I studied the use of AI and 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, machine learning, 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: jakob.laage-thomsen [at] sosgeo.uio.no

Phone: +45 24 46 98 66

Office: HH449, Harriet Holters Hus, Moltke Moes vei, 0851 Oslo, Norway

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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 (2020). Pandemic intellectuals. Acta Sociologica.

On Expertise and Behavioral Insights

Laage-Thomsen, Jakob, Søren Lund Frandsen (2023) Faglighedens Fødsel: Historien bag faglighedsbegrebets indtog i dansk uddannelses-, arbejdsmarkeds- og forvaltningspolitik (Translated title: The Birth of "Faglighed": The History behind a National Concept of Professionalism and Its Success in Danish Educational, Labor and Administrative Politics), Økonomi og Politik 96(4)

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

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.

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 (2022) Nudging the Norse: How experts connect across politico-administrative and expert ecologies to establish Behavioral Insight professionalism in public policy. Presented at 30th Nordic Sociology Association Conference

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