Dr M. Kalmijn (1962) has been appointed professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Matthijs Kalmijn conducts research within the fields of family sociology and social demography. He is motivated by the enormous social and demographic changes that have occurred in the Western world in recent decades, particularly the gender-role revolution, the increase in divorces, the decline in fertility and the aging population. Kalmijn also examines the relationship between family life on the one hand, and themes such as social networks, social inequality and ethnicity on the other hand. Kalmijn was the initiator of several large surveys funded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW), such as the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NKPS) and more recently the Netherlands Longitudinal Life Course Study (NELLS). In the future, Kalmijn will focus on three research themes: the nature and strength of intergenerational solidarity in the postmodern society, cross-national differences in marriage and family life in Europe, and the social integration of older people in an aging society.
Kalmijn has worked as professor of Sociology at Tilburg University since 2001. He previously worked at Utrecht University and Princeton University (USA). Kalmijn is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010, he won the IPUMS Research Award , together with Frank Tubergen, which was awarded by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, for the best article in the US research category. Kalmijn is a member of Netspar (Network of Pensions, Aging and Retirement). Kalmijn has published articles in numerous journals, including Demography, Social Forces, American Journal of Sociology and European Sociological Review.