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Social Statistics: Director Niels Ploug

Niels Ploug

Photograph by Martin Sylvest

Niels Ploug, Director of Social Statistics

Tel. job: + 45 39 17 39 51
Tel. mobile: + 45 20 33 08 75


12 March 1960


Master of Science (MSc) in Economics, University of Copenhagen, 1985
Management course, Danish Management Forum, 1997


2008 - Director of Social Statistics, Statistics Denmark
2004 - Part-time lecturer in economic sociology, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen 
2002 - Member of the national corps of external examiners in sociology
1995 - 2008 Research Director - SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research
1992 - Part-time lecturer in empirical economics, CBS - Copenhagen Business School
1992 - 1995 Head of Research Unit, SFI – the Danish National Centre for Social Research


2021 - Member of the national board of data for health and elderly
2021 - Member of the national partnership for health data
2021 -  Danmarks Nationalbank - Research Unit Advisory Council
2020 - Chair of the UN Task Team on Big Data for the SDGs 
2020 -  Appointed by the Danish Minister of Children and Education as a member of the Danish UNESCO National Commission
2020 - Board member of the DEA think tank
2019 - Chair of the steering group for the Our Goals project – Danish indicators for the SDGs 
2018 - Member of the University of Copenhagen Board of Representatives
2016 -  Member of TrygFonden’s advisory board for research
2016 - In charge of Statistics Denmark’s involvement in the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs)
2015 - 2020 ESSnet, Eurostat - on Quality of Multisource statistics (head)
2014- UN Global Working Group on Big Data for official statistics – chair
2014 -  Chair of the board, Christianshavns Gymnasium 
2012 - 13 Member of the Governmental Expert Group on Poverty
2008 - DSS – Directors of Social Statistics, Eurostat
2007- Chair of the advisory board, Department of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen
2007 -  Member of the SAMF Advisory Board, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen 
2006 - Member of the advisory council for the Economic Council of the Labour Movement
2006 - 2010 Member of the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty (UVVU)

Editorial work

2019 - Member of the editorial team for the textbook series ‘Erhverv og Samfund’, DJØF Publishing
1996 - 2018 Member of the editorial board of SAMFUNDSØKONOMEN (editor 1996-2001) 
1995 -  International Social Security Review 
  Reviewer for Nationaløkonomisk Tidsskrift (national economics journal)
  Reviewer for Dansk Sociologi (Danish sociology journal) 
  Reviewer for Tidsskrift for velfærdsforskning (welfare research journal) 
  Reviewer for European Journal of Sociology
  Reviewer for Acta Sociologica

Research management

2007 - 2008 Head of the inter-institutional working group for establishing a centre for survey and register data research (CSSR)
2004 - Co-chair of the research programme on welfare state architecture in collaboration with University of Aalborg 
1999 - 2005 Head of the research programme on negative social legacy
1994 - 1998  Co-chair of Danish Centre for Welfare State Research in collaboration with University of Southern Denmark 
1992 - 1999  Head of the SFI research programme on social security in Europe


1989 Copenhagen Business School - Teaching Award
1988 LauritzenFonden’s prize paper on the future of the welfare society

Publications in English

Niels Ploug & Torben Fridberg: Public Attitudes to Unemployment in Different European Welfare Regimes, Oxford University Press, 2000

Niels Ploug (ed): Nordic Social Policy - changing welfare states, Routledgde. 1999

Niels Ploug (2012): The Danish Flexicurity Model and Old Age Protection, in Labour Market Flexibility and Pension Reform, Palgrave Macmillan.

Niels Ploug (2012): Three Routes to Pension Reform, Social Policy and Administration, vol 44, issue 3, June 2010

Niels Ploug (2014): Investing in people to promote activation and empowerment: The case of Denmark and lessons for other countries, International Social Security Review, vol 67.


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Phone: +45 39 17 39 02