I am a PhD student in social demography at the Institutions, Inequality, and Life courses (IIL) programme group of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). My PhD research concerns the links between divorce and income inequality. More general research interests include family demography, life course transitions, social stratification, and quantitative methodology.
I am also a teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology. As such, I have been involved in the courses Introduction to statistics, Contemporary debates: health, and Life courses, family and health.
PhD Project: Union dissolution and the dynamics of inequality
Divorce and separation increased markably over the past half century. A vast literature has examined its consequences for economic well-being. These consequences may be particularly harmful for people with a lower socioeconomic background. Hence, this research project aims to understand the links between union dissolution and income inequality. It conceptualizes the links between dissolution and inequality via two pathways. The first pathway is the socioeconomic gradient in the risk of dissolution, that is, the unequal probability of experiencing a dissolution. The second pathway is the socioeconomic gradient in vulnerability to dissolution, that is, the unequal economic consequences of a given dissolution. In this project, I study what the gradients look like, why they come about, and whether and how they result in income inequality. The project is embedded in the research programme Dynamics of Inequality Across the Lifecourse (DIAL).
Supervision: Dr. Thijs Bol and Prof. Dr. Thomas Leopold