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Residency Dates: September 5, 2023 – December 15, 2023


Zhen Jie Im

Zhen Jie Im is a postdoctoral researcher at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He is also affiliated with the University of Helsinki and LUT University. His primary research fields are political science and social policy. His research focuses on the impact of labor market transformations on political behavior, and how social policies may moderate this impact. He is also interested in examining unequal access to social policies in European welfare states.

During his time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Im will explore the labor market outcomes of workers whose industrial jobs are potentially at risk from the green transition and consider their variation across different European welfare states. He will also study the political consequences of these labor market outcomes and notably on public opinion and voting behavior.

Im received his Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Social Sciences in 2021.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Copenhagen Business School
  • Visiting Scholar 2023-2024, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Fallout from the Green Transition? Potential regional political discontent from employment declines in the metals, non-metallic minerals and chemicals sector


Political Science
Social Policy

Area of Expertise

Political Behavior
Socioeconomic Inequality
European Welfare States

Select Publications

Im, Zhen Jie, et al. “Towards a real Green Transition? Triple constraints holding back EU Member States’ “greening” industrial strategies.” In M. Seeleib-Kaiser, & S. Börner (Eds.), COVID-19 and EU Social Policy, Oxford University Press.

Im, Zhen Jie, et al. “With Status Decline in Sight, Voters Turn Radical Right: How Do Experience and Expectation of Status Decline Shape Electoral Behaviour?” European Political Science Review, vol. 15, no. 1, 2022, pp. 116–135,

Im, Zhen Jie, and Young-Kyu Shin. “Who Gets Labour Market Training? Access Biases of Social Investment in Finland.” Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 32, no. 1, 2022, pp. 3–18,

Kaihovaara, Antti, and Zhen Jie, Im. “Jobs at risk? Task routineness, offshorability, and attitudes toward immigration.” European Political Science Review, vol 12, no. 3, 2020, pp. 327-345, .

Im, Zhen Jie, et al., “The “losers of automation”: A reservoir of votes for the radical right?”, Research & Politics, vol. 6, no. 1, 2019,