In the Sociology Department, we study attitudes and behaviours in mostly Western societies; we conduct quantitative research on themes such as educational inequality, inclusion processes, family formation, and lifestyles. One distinguishing aspect is our comparative approach, meaning we study people in various families, neighbourhoods and societies. We collect and analyze large-scale survey information to provide valuable insights into social trends and patterns. We aim to demonstrate a high level of expertise in utilizing state-of-the-art statistical methods to test hypotheses based on well-established theories.


Our research explores longitudinal and cross-country comparisons on a broad range of topics.  We have been involved in the collection of survey data as in the Family Survey Dutch Population (FSDP), the Netherlands’ Life Course Survey (NELLS), and the Social and Cultural Development in the Netherlands survey (SOCON).  Our research is embedded within the Radboud Social and Cultural Research Institute (RadboudSCR).

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Member of ICS

We are a member of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology, an academic institution that focuses on providing graduate-level education and research opportunities in various domains, such as social sciences. 

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Informal care is difficult to combine with work

Informal care has a huge impact on your working life. 'Informal carers earn less per hour and are less satisfied with their job,' says sociologist Klara Raiber, who will defend her PhD dissertation at Radboud University on 2 July.

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Muslim women face discrimination in the job market

For many Muslim women, discrimination in the job market is commonplace. This was revealed by research conducted by scientists from Radboud University for the outgoing Minister of Social Affairs and Employment.


30 million euros for research into social cohesion

The SOCION consortium has acquired a 30 million euro NWO Summit Grant to research social cohesion.

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Maria Montessori building

Thomas Van Aquinostraat 4
6525GD Nijmegen
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