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Dingeman Wiertz

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow

Research Interests: Civic participation, inter-ethnic relations, social networks, economic hardship, and their interrelationships.

I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

My research focuses on civic participation, inter-ethnic relations, social networks, economic hardship, and their interrelationships. The overarching goal of my research is to improve our understanding of social inequalities and social cohesion, and to inform public debates on those issues. I also have a keen interest in quantitative research methods.

Recently I have studied to what degree civic life in The Netherlands is ethnically segregated. That is, how likely are members and volunteers of voluntary associations to meet people from different ethnicity in their organizations? Are voluntary associations a platform where ethnic groups mingle and ethnic boundaries are overcome, or do they reinforce segregation that exists in neighborhoods, schools and workplaces, and family and friendship networks?

Another project investigates how labor market experiences in the United States spill over to civic life; for example, does becoming unemployed or dropping out of the labor force boost or undermine volunteer work? The answers to such questions shed light on whether civic engagement can act as shield to the adverse social effects of economic hardship, and also whether long-term declines in labor force participation and employment stability may leave a mark on civic life.

I obtained my DPhil (PhD) degree in Sociology at Nuffield College and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. Please see my personal webpage for further details.

Dingeman Wiertz