About me

Michael Kumove_D0A1846

I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow in political science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). I am examining the link between demographic bulges and social trust as part of the DIVIDENDS project run by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Prior to starting at NTNU, I was an associate lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, where I also completed my PhD between 2018 and 2021. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Victoria University of Wellington, and a BA(Hons) from the University of Auckland.

My doctoral research examined the relationship between language, communication and social trust.  I am also interested in social capital more generally, as well as inter-group relations, ethnic conflict, and quantitative methods. My current research examines the determinants of generalised trust and intergroup reconciliation, particularly in the former Yugoslavia.

I was born and mostly raised in Wellington, New Zealand, and have also lived and studied for various periods in Canada, Poland and Taiwan.  My main interests outside of academia include music, movies, sport and travel.

Email: michael.kumove@ntnu.no