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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Sociological Research of KU Leuven. My current research interests lie in family sociology, social stratification, and agent-based computational modeling.

Between 2013–2017, I have been a member of the GENDERBALL project team at KU Leuven (principal investigator: Jan Van Bavel). In the context of this project, I have examined the implications of the shifting gender balance in education for reproductive behavior in Europe, mostly by means of agent-based computational modeling. A short overview of my research activities in this project can be obtained hereGerman speakers can learn more about our research in an article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the slides of a presentation that I have given at the Deutsches Jugendinstitut

In my Ph.D. research at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology at the University of Groningen, I have examined the emergence of status differentiation from small group interaction by means of agent-based computational modeling and social network analysis (supervisors: Rafael Wittek and Andreas Flache). I was particularly interested in the social construction of status characteristics such as gender, age, and ethnicity. A digital copy of my dissertation can be obtained here

News and upcoming events

Past events
  • On the 9th of March 2018, I have presented my work on agent-based modeling in the workshop Sozialwissenschaftliche Simulationen und die Soziologie der Simulation (Simulation in the Social Sciences and the Sociology of Simulation), at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
  • On the 27th of February 2018, I have given a guest lecture in the Master course European Social and Population Issues at the Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium.