Jakob Johan Demant

Jakob Johan Demant

Assoc. prof., Head of Studies

Personal Information

Jakob Demant, PhD
Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Øster Farimagsgade 5, Bld. 16, DK-1014 Copenhagen K

jd@soc.ku.dk, MOB +45 81742074

ORCID 0000-0003-3333-224X


University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology, PhD 2008.

University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology, Cand. Scient. Soc. 2003.

University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology, BA 1997.

University of Copenhagen, Department of Economics, 1th & 2th year. 1993

Research Management Course - Uddannelse for forskningsledere, CBS (2011)

Employment (research):

Associate Professor (2014-). University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology

Associate Professor (2011-2014). Aarhus University, Department of Psychology, CRF

Assistant Professor (2009-2011), Aarhus University, CRF

Research assistant (2006-2009), Aarhus University, CRF

Research assistant (2003-2006), University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology,

Positions at University of Copenhagen:

Head of Studies (2021-2023)

Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship teachernetwork at UCPH (2020-2021)

Vice head of Department (2020-2021)

Leader of the researcher group Culture and civil society at Department of Sociology (2015-2020)

Member of study board, at Department of Sociology (2016-)

Head of PhD Assessment and employment committee (2015; 2017; 2020)

Head of the specialization on Culture in the Master study program

Areas of Scientific expertise:

Demant researches online/digital deviance from the perspective of criminology, microsociology, and digital sociology. In recent years he has developed considerable expertise in the field of digital methods, including techniques such as web scraping, machine learning on various types of digital material, and topic modelling on public forums, social media and the darknet. He has also developed innovative new methodological protocols for exploring digital deviance and encrypted crimes. He is the author of more than 50 journal articles on the subject of crime, alcohol, drugs and cryptomarkets.

Demant teaches within Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday life, mixed methods, digital methods and crime and delinquency. His ability to work with novel methods and move between symbolic and interpretative perspectives, cognitive perspectives and personality perspectives can be found in his publication, teaching, and PhD supervision.

Research projects:


The Digital Economy at Work Integration and Segmentation in Hybrid Labour Markets (PI: A. Ilsøe). Velux Foundation. 2020-2023. 

EC Marie-Skodlowska-Curie. Postdoc-stipendium for Noa Millman. Project on ‘DiverseJust’. (PI: Dr. Jakob Demant) 2019-

Youth digital crime and risk (UKAN). (PI: Dr. Jakob Demant). Funded by Crime Prevention Council (DKR). (2017-2018)

Drug dealing on social media within the Nordic countries: The intermixing of technology mediated and local drug dealing practices (NDDSM). (PI: Dr Jakob Demant). Funded by NSfK. (2017-2018)

Cryptomarkets for Illicit Drugs. (PI: Dr. Jakob Demant).Understanding the scope of the markets and how the cryptomarkets transforms crimes both online and offline. Funded by The Ministry of Justice Research fund (2016-2017)

The Societal Meanings of the Intoxicated Body: A Qualitative Sociological Study of Alcohol Intoxication, Gender, and Young Adults.(PI:Dr. Hunt, Aarhus University) Funded by DFF. (2014-2017)

Young adults, drugs and alcohol – a 10-year longitudinal study (YODA II). (2015-2017)Dr.Järvinen (PI). The aim of this longitudinal study is to analyse the development in drinking and illegal drug use from adolescence to young adulthood. Funded by the Rockwool Foundation. 

Handling of Stolen goods within the general Danish Population (PI: Dr. Heinskou).  Funded by the Crime prevention Council (2015 -2016)

Youth Profile Survey (Partner). General survey covering youth from age 12 to 25 on topics on crime, health and drug and alcohol use. 38 municipalities across Denmark participates (2014-)

Calibrate: European Survey of University Student Alcohol Use. PI: Dr.Cooke, R. Aston University, UK. (2014) 
Drugs and Nightlife (YODA – Rockwool-project 2008-2011): (PI: Dr.Prof. Järvinen) Mixed method study on Danish young and young adults’ use of illicit drugs. Consists of a national representative survey (age 17-19) and a unique mixed method night club study. 

Qualitative study on young people’s perceptions of media texts on alcohol (AMPHORA 2010-2012).PI: Dr.Helman, University of Helsinki)Aim: collect and compare knowledge within six European Countries. Method: Reception Analytical Group Interview (RAGI). 

Youth, parties and alcohol (PUNA Rockwool-project 2003-2006): Mixed method study of adolescents drinking behavior in 8th to 10th grade Danish students. 

Member of boards and networks:

Qualitative Criminology, member of editorial board (2020-)

Addiction Research and Theory (ART). member of editorial board (2017-)

TrygFondens Unge+ network. A cross disciplinary research network with the aim at building potential international top research in the arear of youth research. (2016-)

Working group on Prevention of High alcohol use among youth w/Dr.Tolstrup, Dr.Grønbæk, and Vidensråd for forebyggelse (2017-2019)

Optimization: The self as a laboratory, Advisory group member on Prof. Brogaard (SDU)

Virtual Reality resistance training, Advisory group member on Prof. Stock (SDU)

Centre for Global Criminology, University of Copenhagen, Anthropology. Affiliated with the center.

ESSD. European Society for Social Drug Research (2015-).

American Society of Criminology (2014-)

International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (IDJR), member of editorial board (2014-2019)

Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS) (2006-)

Management experience:

Demant has considerable experience leading projects that involve different disciplines and

methods. His former employment in the cross‐disciplinary field of alcohol and drug research

has involved working with psychologist, anthropologist and political scientists. He has a strong

track record in supervising young scholars, e.g. by facilitating data sprints at the Social Science Lab, Royal Library.

Supervision of post-docs and PhD students.

Dr.Martin Davoren, University of Cork, to obtain a post-soc fellowship based on the project “Alcohol Consumption among University Students: Developing a typology to tailor effective research, policy and interventions”. DR. Noa Milman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA), ERC Marie Curie post-doc fellowship.

PhD students: Silje Ankerdal Bakken, MSc in Criminology. Project Title: Risk and trust building in open online drug markets. Sidsel Kirstine Harder, MSc in Sociology. Project title: The sociology of shared sexual stories - a study of young people using, producing and abusing everyday pornography. Received an EliteForsk travel stipendium 2019. Laura Marie Schierff (co-supervisor), MSc in Sociology (Scolarship at KU, faculity of law). Project title: Animating crime: An online qualitative inquiry into the economy of child sex dolls and animated child sexual abuse material.

Former PhD students: Jacob Stradell MSc Sociology, Title thesis “Culture-Cognition Interaction: Bridging Cultural Sociology and Cognitive Science (2014-2017); Merete Poulsen, MSc in Psychology (2012-2015). Thesis title: “Beruselsesfænomener, subjecter og kroppe. Rusmiddelbrug blandt kvinder I forhold til kvinder”, AU. It is a qualitative study infomed primaily with post-structural and posthumanistisk theory; Ditte Andersen, MSc in Sociology (2011-2014). Title: “Change work in drug treatment for young people: A micro-sociological investigation of interactions intended to transform”. The study is based on ethnographic work and qualitative interviews in drug treatment institutions with young people. Visiting PhD-scholars: Yunran Zhang, Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sociology of Crime and Deviance (spring 2019); Josefin Bernhardsson, University of Stockholm, Feminist study of youth drinking (spring 2013) & Ella Dilkes-Frayne, Monash University, Melbourne (Summer 2013).

Examinations of PhD dissertations: Ola Røed Bilgrei, Oslo University, “Drugs and Community on the Internet" (2019). Casssandra J.C.C. Wright, Monash University "A mobile phone intervention for reducing alcohol consumption delivered during drinking events: development, testing and translation" (2017). Tobias Bornakke, Depatment of Sociology, University of Copenhagen “Transactional Data Experiments. On the calibration of digital traces for sociological use” (2017). Kirstin Bruvik, Oslo University, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, “Everybody is drunk Street-level alcohol policy in Oslo”; Josefine Bernhardsson, University of Stockholm, Department of Sociology, “Normalitetens gräenser. En fokusgruppestudie om alkoholkultur(er), genus- och åldersskapande”; Nicola Thomson, Curtin University, Faculty of Health Science, Australia, “Making Methamphetamine: Enacting a Drug and its Consumers in Scientific Accounts, Personal Narratives and Service Provision”; Silje Louise Dahl, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Institutt for sosiologi og statsvitenskap, “Ein forskjell som gjer ein forskjell? Forteljingar om cannabisbruk”.


Invited talks and keynotes

Keynote speaker at the 61nd Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology, Researcher Conference, 2019. Title: Digital transgressions and technology facilitated crimes. Towards a understanding of logics and consequences of platform based crimes


Disssimination: 100+ presentations for professionals in crime prevention, Youth at risk workers etc. Within the recent year for The Criminal law society (Kriminalistforeningen), Annual meeting for Crime prevention workers (SSP Sammenslutningen) and Addiction knowledge (KABS Viden). Numours national TV, Radio and newpaper attendences and few international.


Teaching (most central):

Interventionsdesign: Ændring af adfærd i praksis [Interventiondesigns. Change of behaviour in practice]. In this course you develops and presents a intervention design for a case-holder. The purpose of the intervention is that it changes a specific problematic behaviour for a concrete target group. For a case: https://www.soc.ku.dk/sociologi-erhvervssamarbejde/workshop-til-rigshospitalets-servicemedarbejdere/

Advanced Culture, Lifestyle and Everyday Life. In this course we critically review a range key theoretical perspectives and empirical studies, each contributing to a sociological understanding of sociocultural problems within contemporary society. The course relates to but also seeks to move beyond existing understandings of what sociocultural phenomena are and how they can be empirically studied within a cultural sociology framework. 



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