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Kasimir Dederichs

DPhil in Sociology

I am a DPhil candidate in Sociology at Nuffield College. My research is supported by an ESRC grant and centres around volunteering and civic engagement. I investigate which individual and structural factors foster engagement in voluntary work and how voluntary workers and communities may benefit from performing voluntary activities in civil society in various terms. Moreover, I study how volunteering might reduce or reinforce social inequalities.

Prior to starting my DPhil at the University of Oxford, I graduated from the University of Cologne in Germany with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Sciences and Sociology, respectively. During this time, I visited the universities of Groningen and Oxford for one semester each and worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne.