Stine Møllegaard

Stine Møllegaard

Guest researcher

I'm an assistant professor at Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. Before I joined University of Copenhagen, I was a Post Doctoral fellow at Department of Sociology, University of Oxford and Nuffield College. I hold a PhD from University of Copenhagen. 

My expertises are: (1) quantitative methods and research designs; (2) interdisciplinary approaches to research in intergenerational transmission and heritability.

I apply these expertises within three fields of research:

  1. Inequality in education. I investigate the nature and nurture of inequality in education and children’s behavioral difficulties, focusing on both their origins as well as their relation to each other.

  2. Life quality in old age. I explore the role of social and genetic factors on lifestyle as well as mental and physical health in old age, as part of Centre for Healthy Aging (CEHA, funded by The Nordea Foundation, PI: Stine Møllegaard).

  3. Cultural consumption and preferences. I investigate what shapes our cultural preferences and activities and how that relates to social inequality, as part of project MoMo  (”Mozart with Mom - Family Background, Cultural Participation, and Social Inequality”, funded by The Velux Foundation, PI: Mads Jæger).

I base my empirical research on a combination of survey data and high-quality administrative data. I collected data on Danish twins’ cultural and behavioral outcomes in 2013 and 2019 and combined these with administrative data on their educational outcomes and parental backgrounds. I study the role of nature and nurture through twin studies as well as by incorporating genetics into my research designs directly. I developed an international network through research stays at New York University, Yale University, and employment at Oxford University, which, combined with extensive conference and seminar participation, keeps my research up to date with the newest developments in the field.

Keywords: Nature and nurture; intergenerational transmission; inequality in educational outcomes; behavioral difficulties; healthy aging; cultural consumption; biosociology and sociogenomics. Empirical research using quantitative methods. 

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