Rijken, A., PhD

Telephone.no.: 86138
Room.no.:        Z-536
E-mail:             a.j.rijken@vu.nl 
Unit:                 Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociology Dept.

Present:           Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday



 .        Bachelor Thesis Coordination and Supervision
 .        Research Lab Multivariate Analysis



.        Life course
.        Family
.        Fertility
.        Criminal life courses
.        Political participation
.        Cross-national comparison



I started my academic career working as a junior teacher and researcher at Utrecht University, where I completed a PhD at the department of Interdisciplinary Social Science (ASW) and the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) in 2009. In my dissertation I investigated childbearing behaviour and decision-making of Dutch couples in the context of the family and partner relationships. After that, I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher at two research institutes: the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). At the NIDI I investigated cross-European differences in norms regarding the life course and how these differences are shaped by macro-level factors. At the NSCR, I designed and managed a large-scale life history survey among older (ex-)criminals. Most of my research is based on quantitative methods, but I have also conducted qualitative research. Since 2014, I have been affiliated as an assistant professor with the Department of Sociology at VU University Amsterdam, within the research group ‘Social Conflict and Change’.


Research Project

I am a senior researcher within the research project “How citizens influence politics and why” (POLPART) www.polpart.org, funded by the European Research Council. The cross-national research project involves multiple methodologies to study citizens’ participation in party and movement politics. We will make use of existing cross-national surveys, and in addition qualitative and quantitative data will be collected in nine countries in Europe and South America. Together with Bert Klandermans I supervise PhD candidates Sebastien Rojon and Maarten van Bezouw.



International refereed journals:       

Rijken, A. J. & Merz, E.-M. (2014). Double standards: Differences in norms on voluntary childlessness for men and women. European Sociological Review 30, 470–482. 
Rijken, A. J. & Liefbroer, A. C. (2012). European views of divorce among parents of young children: Understanding cross-national variation. Demographic Research 27, 25–52. 
Rijken, A. J. & Thomson, E. (2011). Partners' relationship quality and childbearing. Social Science Research 40, 485–497. 
Rijken, A. J. & Liefbroer, A. C. (2009). Influences of the family of origin on the timing and quantum of fertility in the Netherlands. Population Studies 63, 71–85.  
Rijken, A. J. & Liefbroer, A. C. (2009). The influence of partner relationship quality on fertility. European Journal of Population 25, 27–44. 
Rijken, A. J. & Knijn, T. (2009). Couples' decisions on having a first child: Comparing pathways to early and late parenthood. Demographic Research 21, 765–802. 
Rijken, A. J. & Knijn, T. (2008). Explaining Dutch fertility rates in a comparative European perspective: The role of economy, social policy and culture. European Societies 10, 763–786.

Chapters in edited volumes:   

Rijken, A. J. & Liefbroer, A. C. (2011). Attituden ten aanzien van gezinsvorming. In: F. Bucx (Ed.), Gezinsrapport 2011: Een portret van het gezinsleven in Nederland (pp. 62–78). The Hague: The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP).   
Liefbroer, A. C. & Rijken, A. J. (2009). Religie en huwelijkswaarden in Europa. In: H. B. G. Ganzeboom & M. Wittenberg (Eds.), Nederland in vergelijkend perspectief. Proceedings Tweede Nederlandse Workshop European Social Survey (pp. 169–175). Amsterdam: Aksant.   
Rijken, A. (2006). Fertility rates in Europe: The influence of policy, economy and culture. In: J. Bradshaw & A. Hatland (Eds.), Social policy, employment and family change in comparative perspective (pp. 143–159). Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 

Rijken, A. J. (2009). Happy families, high fertility? Childbearing choices in the context of family and partner relationships. ICS Dissertation Series No. 154, Utrecht University. 
Dutch journals:   

Rijken, A. J. (2010). Aard familierelaties tijdens jeugd beïnvloedt krijgen van kinderen. Demos, bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 26(3), 12–13.   
De Valk, H. & Rijken, A. J. (Eds.) (2008). Netherlands Kinship Panel Study: Familiebanden in beeld. Special issue Demos, bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 24(5).  
Rijken, A. J. (2008). Partners praten weinig over de keuze voor een eerste kind. Demos, bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 24(5), 15–16.