I am Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne.

Before coming to Cologne I was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. I completed a PhD at the University of Bamberg and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute.

My interests are in social demography, family relations, and life course research.

I am principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant project KINMATRIX: Uncovering the Kinship Matrix: A New Study of Solidarity and Transmission in European Families. KINMATRIX is a 5-year project funded by the European Commission (2020-2025,
€ 1,5 million). The project description is here.

I am also principal investigator of the NORFACE project CRITEVENTS (2017-2020), which has been awarded € 1,5 million by the European Commission via an ERA-NET Cofund grant. More information about this project is here.

Please see the current vacancies for PhD positions and postdoctoral positions at my chair and at the KINMATRIX project.

Current projects