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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Bijbel met evangelie

'The evangelical' does not exist

By identifying demographic differences within religious groups, we can develop a more nuanced understanding of religious beliefs and the role of religion in society.

Anuschka Peelen

Anuschka Peelen wins KHMW Jan Brouwer Thesis Award

Anuschka Peelen has won the KHMW Jan Brouwer Thesis Award for Sociology and Anthropology with her thesis ''A changing climate? A meta-analysis of (polarisation in) climate change attitudes between 1986 and 2022''.

Nella Geurts

Nella Geurts wins NSV Dissertation Award 2023

The NSV Dissertation Award 2023 goes to sociologist Nella Geurts. Once every two years, the NSV awards the best sociological dissertation defended at a Dutch university in the previous two years.

Contact information


Maria Montessori building

Thomas Van Aquinostraat 4
6525GD Nijmegen
Postal address
Postbus 9104