Research Project “Family networks”

  • University of Cologne, Germany

2023-2025: Changes in the family network after parental divorce. This two year research project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, reference: 502057823) and will start in May 2023.

Senior Researcher NetResilience

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

2022-2023: NetResilience studies social networks, fertility and well-being in aging populations. I am working on the ‘Ageing Finns’ work package and study how older adults can promote well-being of others.

Postdoc project “CH-X”

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

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 more than 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: Why do some families fare better than others after parental divorce in terms of relationships 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 for which we collected multi-actor family network data among children, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and potential stepfamily members. My PhD research was funded with a talent grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO, reference: 406-15-191

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