Vincent Buskens is professor of Theoretical Sociology at the Department of Sociology / ICS, Utrecht University. He was KNAW research fellow and received different grants from NWO and was involved in several European projects. His current research focuses on formal and informal institutions to mitigate trust relations as well as the dynamics of social networks.

Rense Corten is associate professor at the Department of Sociology, Utrecht University. After obtaining his PhD at Utrecht University he worked as a postdoc at Stanford University (funded by an NWO Rubicon grant) and as an assistant professor at Tilburg University. His research revolves around the themes of cooperation, trust, and (the dynamics of) social networks, with empirical applications including (but not limited to) adolescent networks, social media, the sharing economy, online criminal networks, and laboratory experiments. 

Jacob Dijkstra is associate professor and Director of Education at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. His expertises are game theory, exchange networks, collective decision making, and mathematical sociology.

Francesca Giardini is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Groningen (NL). After obtaining her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Siena (IT), she was a postdoc at the at the Central European University in Budapest, and a researcher at theNational Research Council of Italy (ISTC CNR) in RomeShe does inter-disciplinary research on the micro-foundations of sustainable cooperation and she uses theoretical analysis, agent-based simulation and lab experiments.

Nina Hansen is associate professor of social psychology at the University of Groningen. Her research centers on the social psychology of cultural change. She studies this in two lines of research. First. she studies social and cultural change that is caused by development aid in transforming and developing societies. In this context, her research focuses on the (often unintended) consequences of aid projects which introduce modern innovations in the Global South such as new technologies, microfinance services, and novel education initiatives.

Liesbet Heyse is associate professor of Sociology at the University of Groningen. She studies how public, nonprofit and private organizations attempt to address societal challenges through their operations. She is interested in the societal effects and performance of these organizations in relation to their governance structures and organizational practices. She applies these questions - in close collaboration with organizations involved - to specific settings, such as Dutch municipalities and NGOs working on the labor market integration of refugees and in the youth care sector, using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Frank Hindriks is professor of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen as well as academic director of the Groningen Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His research concerns social groups, institutions and organizations, the patterns of coordination and cooperation they involve, as well as the benefits and burdens that they generate for insiders and outsiders.

Eva Jaspers is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Utrecht University. She is currently involved in several international projects, funded by NWO and ERC. Her research interests are many, but revolve around negative ties in networks, gender roles, ethnic and gender stratification, same-sex families, intergroup contact, and hate crimes.  

Gerbert Kraaykamp (1961) is professor of empirical sociology at the department of Sociology at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is director of the Radboud institute of Social Cultural Research, board member of the graduate school ICS, and member of the NRO-PROO program board. Lately, within the NWO-NWA and ZonMw-Covid 19 calls he was successful with grants on inequality in physical activity and sports. Furthermore, Kraaykamp served as Dutch national coordinator for the European Social Survey for Rounds 7, 8 and 9. His main research interests lie with intergenerational transmission of educational inequality, parental socialization, educational careers, and cultural capital.

Marco H.D. van Leeuwen is professor of sociology at Utrecht University, and honorary research fellow at the International Institute of  Social History. He studies social inequality and social solidarity worldwide from 1500 to the present. His research on social inequality deals with residential segregation, intergenerational mobility, career mobility and partner choice, using historical international measures of status and class. His research on social solidarity deals with philanthropy, charity, mutual insurance, and ngo’s.

Zoltán Lippényi is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Univeristy of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is a member of the Inter-university Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) and the ISA RC28 Social stratification and Mobility. He obtained his Phd (2014) in sociology at Utrecht University focusing on long-term trends in inter-generational social mobility in Hungary. Between 2014 and 2018, he worked as post-doctoral researcher within the ERC-financed Sustainable Workforce project, a multi-country investigation of organizational investments in employees in Europe.

Marcel Lubbers is Professor of Inclusion and Exclusion of Immigrants at Radboud University’s Department of Sociology and researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), in the research group ‘Immigration and Immigrants’. He is known for his work on right-wing radicalism, nationalism and immigrants’ integration.

Michael Maes is assistant professor at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. His expertise is Computational Social Science.

Sabine Otten is Professor of Intergroup Relations and Social Integration within the Social Psychology Department of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences at the University of Groningen. She received her PhD in 1991 from the University of Münster (Germany) and did her “habilitation” in Psychology (qualification to be eligible as full professor) in 2001 at the University of Jena (Germany). Since 2002, she is working at the University of Groningen. In her research, she has focused on aggression in intra- and intergroup contexts and the links between the individual self and ingroup favouritism.

Anne-Rigt Poortman is associate professor at the Department of Sociology of Utrecht University. She has specialized in family sociology and social demography. She is particularly interested in divorce and separation, new relationship types and legal aspects of partner relationships. Currently she is programleader of a large data collection and related research program about contemporary parenthood among divorced and intact families.  

Maarten Prak has been professor of Social and Economic History (together with Jan Luiten van Zanden) at Utrecht University since 1992. He is an expert on the social history of early modern Europe and has published a monograph on the Dutch Golden Age (The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century, Cambridge University Press 2005) and edited volumes about guilds, in Europe and worldwide.

Arnout van de Rijt is Professor of Sociology and Designated Chair for the UU strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. He leads the research line Computational Sociology at the Department of Sociology. Van de Rijt received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2007 and worked until 2016 as Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University in the USA, where he co-founded and -led the Center for Computational Social Science.

Tobias H. Stark is assistant professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University and a researcher at the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER). His research focuses on the intersection of racial/ethnic prejudice and intergroup relations in social networks.

Ellen Verbakel is professor at the Department of Sociology at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She obtained her PhD in Sociology in 2008 from Radboud University and worked as an assistant professor in Tilburg until 2012. She is a board member of the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) and the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS). Ellen is a family sociologist, particularly interested in partner relations, work, and health.

Maykel Verkuyten is Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University. He is the former academic director of the European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER). His research interest is in social identities and intercultural relations and in his ERC Advanced Grant project he examines the nature and boundaries of intergroup tolerance and how being tolerated affects people’s wellbeing and social behaviour.

Mark Visser is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). His research interests include older workers, the life course perspective, social capital, social inequality and (radical) voting behavior.

Gerarda Westerhuis is assistant professor in business and economic history at Utrecht University. Her research focuses in particular on corporate governance, CEOs and boards, entrepreneurship, elites and family business. She combines theories and methodologies from social sciences applying the long term perspective of a historian. She makes use of large data sets, in-depth archival research, and interviews. She is also Board Member and chair of the Admissions Committee of the interdisciplinary bachelor program in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) at UU.

Prof. dr. Martijn van Zomeren is an expert in the Cultural and Political Psychology of Social Relationships, and more specifically on the psychology of collective action to achieve social change. He is part of the University of Groningen’s Department of Social Psychology, has received various grants from NWO, as well as various international awards and prizes for his psychological research on what fundamentally and cross-culturally motivates people to engage in collective action to achieve social change.


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