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D. (Dieuwke) Zwier

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Dieuwke is a PhD candidate in the programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses (IIL) of the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. She is affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). Her PhD research focuses on how peer relations affect educational decisions, aspirations, and performance in the transition from primary to secondary education (Supervision: dr. Sara Geven, dr. Thijs Bol, prof. dr. Herman van de Werfhorst).

    Dieuwke holds a Bachelor in Sociology (University of Amsterdam) and a Research Master’s degree in Social Sciences (University of Amsterdam).

  • PhD project

    The project “Social networks and educational inequality in the transition from primary to secondary education” aims to improve our understanding about how the socio-economic or ethnic composition of the peer group affects (inequalities in) educational outcomes in the transition from primary to secondary education. Socio-economic and ethnic inequalities in children’s academic achievement and orientation are well-documented. However, empirical research on specific mechanisms explaining these inequalities remains limited. With a strong focus on parent-child and teacher-student relationships, research has paid limited attention to the importance of social networks. Using new longitudinal prospective network data and comprehensive register data, this project will incorporate important properties of students’ network structure and different types of relationships as predictors of educational decisions (e.g. school choice), aspirations, and performance.

    The project is part of the National Cohort Study Educational Careers (NCO) PRIMS-module “Peer Relations in the Transition from Primary to Secondary school: Social, Behavioral and Academic Aspects of Social Integration”, a collaboration between a team of researchers in the University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen. Supervision: dr. Sara Geven, dr. Thijs Bol, prof. dr. Herman van de Werfhorst.

  • Teaching

    Dieuwke is involved in teaching the courses Introduction to Statistics (Bachelor Sociology) and Advanced Multivariate Modeling (Research Master Social Sciences).

  • Publications





    • Zwier, D. (2023). De rol van klasgenoten op de basisschool bij middelbare schoolkeuze en variaties naar sociaaleconomische status in Nederland. Mens en Maatschappij, 98(1), 97-100. [details]
    • Zwier, D., Lorijn, S. J., van den Brink, E., Bol, T., Geven, S. A. J., van de Werfhorst, H. G., Engels, M. C., & Veenstra, R. (2023). PRIMS, Data collection report and codebook. DataverseNL.


    Prize / grant

    • Zwier, D. (2022). Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds grant for research visit.
    • Zwier, D. (2022). AUF Madeleine Julie Vervoort Fonds travel grant for research visit.
    • Zwier, D. (2020). UvA Thesis Award 2020, Faculty Prize Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG).
    • Zwier, D. (2019). Jaap Dronkers Travel Award for RC28 Spring Meeting, Frankfurt.


    • Geven, S., Wiborg, Ø., Fish, R., van de Werfhorst, H., Zwier, D. & Tica, S. (20-7-2020). Teachers in Three Cities Project. Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS).
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