Senior Researcher NetResilience

  • INVEST, University of Turku, Finland
  • Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), the Netherlands

I am currently working for NetResilience, which aims to study social networks, fertility, and well-being in aging populations. I am working on the ‘Aging Finns’ work package in which we study how older adults can promote the well-being of others.

Postdoc project “CH-X”

  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research (LIVES)

2020-2022: I have been working on a project about the personal networks of young adults in Switzerland. The aim of this project was to study which social capital matters for young adults’ educational attainment and their entrance to the labour market. Personal network data have been collected among 10,000+ young adults and I was in charge of checking and cleaning the incoming 2020 data.

PhD project “The ripple effect in family networks. Relational structures and well-being in divorced and non-divorced families”

  • University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS)

2015-2019: The divorce rate in Europe has doubled over the last 50 years. My thesis investigates why some families fare better than others after parental divorce in terms of relationship quality and family well-being. Parental divorce not only affects the nuclear family, i.e., parents and children, but also affects extended family members, i.e., grandparents and aunts/uncles, and their relationships with the nuclear family. At the same time, extended family members can be an important source of support for nuclear family members after parental divorce. My thesis contains a number of studies on family network data from datasets collected by other researchers, as well as the first study on Lifelines Family Ties. The thesis also provides a description of the design and collection of this multi-actor family network data set that was carried out specifically for the research question in this thesis in collaboration with the multi-generational cohort study Lifelines.

If you wish to receive a free a hard-copy version of my thesis, don’t hesitate to contact me. You can download the digital version of my thesis using this link: https://doi.org/10.33612/diss.126812050


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