Jonas Toubøl
Jonas Toubøl


Areas of research: Political sociology, social movements, social media, class, unionization, mixed methods

Postdoc project: Mobilization in the era of social media: Introducing the decisive role of group level factors (2018-2021, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation) 

The group is ubiquitous in social movement theory. Despite its centrality to important concepts such as collective identity, framing, and networks, the field lacks a clear theoretical as well as methodological strategy for studying the internal interactional dynamics of groups as well as their consequences for collective action. Based on a case-study of the Danish refugee solidarity movement, this project develops new concepts and methods for analyzing how political activity in social media groups influences political mobilization. Triangulating data from ‘big’ social media sources, survey, and life-history interviews, the project analyzes how variation in grassroots groups’ interactional patterns influences the political activism embarked upon by the group as well as the individual members.

Other research

With colleagues, I study unionization within a collective action framework. Methodological we draw on Danish register data covering the entire population to model how workplace union density influences the individual worker’s decision about joining the union. In a related project, we have developed the Mobility Network Clustering Algorithm (MONECA) designed to map the social class structure in an inductive manner.


I teach the mandatory course Basic methodology of social sciences at the bachelor in Sociology. The course introduces quantitative and qualitative methodology with emphasis on survey techniques and qualitative interview methods. During the courses the students will from scratch develop and complete their own survey and inteview projecst taking them through all steps of an empirical research process from formulating research questions and -designs, developing a questionnaire/interviewguide, data-collection, data-processing and analysis and finally reporting.

At the Master's programme, I teach Social movements, activism and protest: core dynamics, processes and mechanisms which introduces the students to the main theoretical traditions and central topics on social movement studies. The student's must complete three portfolio assignment that together constitutes a case study of movement of protest event of their own choosing.

Selected publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    The Solidary Relationship’s Consequences for the Ebb and Flow of Activism: Collaborative Evidence from Life-History Interviews and Social Media Event Analysis

    Carlsen, Hjalmar Alexander Bang, Ralund, Snorre & Toubøl, Jonas, Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Sociological Forum. 35, 3

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    From democratic participation to civic resistance: The loss of institutional trust as an outcome of activism in the refugee solidarity movement

    Toubøl, Jonas, 2 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Sociology. 70, 4, p. 1198-1224

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    High- and Low-Risk Activism: Differential Participation in a Refugee Solidarity Movement

    Gundelach, Peter & Toubøl, Jonas, Jun 2019, In : Mobilization. 24, 2, p. 199-220

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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