Tom Emery

Tom Emery

Associate Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam


I am Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Deputy Director of ODISSEI (, 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.

Download my resumé.

  • Research Infrastructure
  • Computational Social Science
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Open Science
  • FAIR Implementation
  • MBA in Research Infrastructure Management, 2019

    University Milano-Bicocca

  • PhD in Social Policy, 2014

    University of Edinburgh

  • MSc in Social Policy Analysis, 2010

    KU Leuven

  • MA in Comparative Politics, 2008

    University of Essex




Deputy Director
Jun 2016 – Present Rotterdam
Responsible for the scientific and strategic development of the Dutch national Social Science Infrastructure.
Deputy Director
Jun 2013 – Oct 2020 The Hague

Responsibilities include:

  • Fieldwork Coordination
  • Strategic Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Project Management


Co-Author - GGP ESFRI Roadmap Application
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Co-PI - Large Roadmap Investment Grant (€14.2m)
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