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Loes Aaldering is an assistant professor in Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the VU Amsterdam. Her research mainly focuses on issues related to gender and politics, political leadership, political representation and electoral behavior. More specifically, she studies, among other things, how politicians are discussed in the media in terms of their leadership traits; gender differences in media coverage of politicians; leadership effects on voters; gender stereotypes; fake news; news avoidance and polarization.

Recently, Loes has been awarded a VENI grant from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for her research project ‘Seeing the bigger picture. The impact of gender stereotypes in politicians’ textual and visual media coverage on voters’. From 2021 onwards, she will study to what extent gender stereotypes are applied in the visual media coverage of politicians and how the gender stereotypical portrayal of politicians in textual and visual media coverage affects citizens in their information processing and political attitudes.

Before she started at the VU Amsterdam, Loes Aaldering was a Postdoctoral researcher in Political Communication at the University of Vienna and she wrote her dissertation called 'Images with Impact. The Electoral Consequences of Party leader Portrayal in the Media' at the University of Amsterdam. She received a NWO grant that financed her PhD project, a Fulbright grant that funded a 4-month research visit at the Ohio State University, and a grant from the Österreichische Nationalbank (ÖNB) for a research project on immersive journalism.

Her work has been published in a wide range of international journals, such as the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Communication, the International Journal of Press/Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Studies, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Quality and Quantity and Journalism Studies.

You can contact Loes Aaldering at l.aaldering@vu.nl



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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • JA Political science (General)
  • Political Leadership
  • Gender and Politics
  • Political Communication
  • Electoral Behavior
  • Political Representation
  • Media Effects
  • HA Statistics


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