Fotograaf: Mirjam Fischer

mw. M.M. (Mirjam) Fischer MSc

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Kamernummer: B6.01
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15508
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

Mirjam Fischer is a PhD student at the Sociology department of the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and the programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses (IIL). Mirjam’s research focuses on social connections of same-sex couples in European societies; her research interests include social inequality, tolerance, well-being, and citizenship issues.


PhD Project: The Social Connections of Same-sex Couples in Europe  

Same-sex couples are a relatively ‘new’ union type that has gained visibility in European societies and on social science research agendas over the past few decades. Many countries are also seeing a growth in acceptance of homosexuality and a manifestation of this support in anti-discrimination laws and increasingly enabling family policies, while others trail behind. Empirically, little is known how these developments affect persons who are in same-sex unions. In this landscape of varying support I compare same-sex couples to mixed-sex unions in the degree to which they are integrated in different social circles: (i) their families, (ii) friends and colleagues and (iii) the wider public in the form of civic engagement and/or leisure involvement in communities. Special attention is paid to the conditions of integration, the distinction of in- and out-group ties with regard to gay subculture(s), openness, the role of (homosexual) group identification, and possible effects on well-being.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Matthijs Kalmijn and Dr. Stephanie Steinmetz



  • PhD student at AISSR/Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam (2014 - ongoing)

    Thesis: "The social connections of same-sex couples in Europe"
  • Research Master (MSc) Social Sciences at University of Amsterdam (2012 - 2014)

    Thesis: "Does tolerance matter? A study of same-sex couples and well-being in 9 European countries" (8.7)
    ARC-GS National Prize for Best Social Science Master Thesis in Gender and Sexuality Studies 2014
  • International Bachelor (BSc) Communication and Media at Erasmus University Rotterdam (2009-2012)

    Thesis: "The Pirate Party: A case study of framing and elite consensus in mainstream election coverage" (8.5)



Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses



  • Fischer, M. M., & Steinmetz, S. M. (2018). Designing a Sampling Frame for Same-sex Couples and Families: The Unions in Context (UNICON) study. Research Method Cases. DOI: 10.4135/9781526440716 


  • Fischer, M. M., Kalmijn, M., & Steinmetz, S. (2016). Does tolerance matter? A comparative study of well-being of persons in same-sex and mixed-sex unions across nine European countries. European Societies, 18(5), 514-534. DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2016.1207793  [details] 


  • Elffers, L., van de Werfhorst, H. G., & Fischer, M. M. (2015). De invloed van het verkorten van de heterogene brugperiode op leerprestaties, burgerschap en motivatie: een quasi-experimentele case study. Pedagogische Studiën, 92(6), 413-433. [details] 


  • Fischer, M. M., Kalmijn, M., & Steinmetz, S. M. (2017). Design, content and questionnaire of the UNICON study: Lesbian, gay and heterosexual couples and families in the Netherlands. (1 ed.) Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.27132.44166 


  • Fischer, M. M. (2016). Identifying same-sex couples in cross-national survey data: A comparison of same-sex couples’ demographic and socio-economic traits in six European countries. DANS symposium publications, 8, 50-79. [details] 


  • Fischer, M. (2014). ARC-GS National Prize for Best Social Science Master Thesis in Gender and Sexuality Studies 2014.
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