I am Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Deputy Director of ODISSEI (http://www.odissei-data.nl/), the Dutch National Infrastructure for Social Science, where I am responsible for the strategic development of the infrastructure and international collaborations. I’m deeply passionate about improving social science data and the infrastructure that is needed for its collection, processing and dissemination. I believe that the social sciences can help us understand and improve society, but to do so we must improve and diversify the data we use in social research. Because of this, I am a strong advocate of open science and the FAIR principles. I also conduct research on family sociology and demographic behaviour. Good demographic data is the vital basis for understanding all manner of social issues from changes in consumer trends through to assessing environmental impacts. You need to know how many people there are, and who they are.
I’m always keen to discuss my work and engage in new collaborations.
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MBA in Research Infrastructure Management, 2019
PhD in Social Policy, 2014
University of Edinburgh
MSc in Social Policy Analysis, 2010
MA in Comparative Politics, 2008
University of Essex
Using data from before and during the pandemic, we show that people are postponing their plans to have children and control over family planning has been affected by access to contraception.
I used geocoded data of respondents to estimate whether the proximity to childcare facilities effected mothers working hours and how this changed over time. The results showed that proximity matters suggesting the density of childcare provision was important in structuring individuals employment choices.