Matthijs Kalmijn received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991 (UCLA) and has since then worked at Princeton University, Utrecht University, and Tilburg University. Kalmijn has specialized in family sociology and social demography. Secondary areas are social networks and relationships, social stratification and inequality, and ethnicity. Kalmijn has initiated and co-coordinated several large-scale social surveys in the Netherlands, including the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NKPS), and, more recently, the Netherlands Longitudinal Lifecourse Study (NELLS). Kalmijnā€™s current work focuses on (a) the strength and nature of relationships between parents and (adult) children, (b) the consequences of family structure for social inequality and social relationships, and (c) the long-term effects of negative life events.

In May 2015, Kalmijn received an advanced grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for a large project on intergenerational reproduction and solidarity in an era of family complexity. This project will last 5 years and will collect new multi-actor data on complex families.

Matthijs Kalmijn

Professor of sociology and demography at the University of Amsterdam

Senior Researcher at NIDI

Kalmijn is member of the UvA program group Institutions, Inequalities and Lifecourses (IIL), member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).


Kalmijn is also a senior researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI).


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