ERC Starting Grant

ERC Starting Grant 2017

ERC Starting Grant

Dr C. J. (Christopher) Clarke

Faculty of Philosophy

Quantitative and qualitative social science: a unified logic of causal inference?
In what ways does quantitative research differ from qualitative research? When qualitative researchers identify causes, what are the implicit arguments and implicit assumptions that license their causal conclusions? Do these arguments have the same structure, and are they based on the same assumptions as the arguments licensing causal conclusions in the quantitative social sciences? These are all questions that Dr Christopher Clarke wants to answer. In his project, Clarke will be researching how quantitative evidence and qualitative evidence in the social sciences can be integrated.

Dr R. (Renske) Keizer

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

FATHERCHILD: the role of the father in child development
The key objective of the FATHERCHILD project is to provide insights into whether, why and in what ways fathers affect their children’s social, behavioural, emotional and cognitive outcomes. The underlying idea is that much can be learned about the role played by fathers in children’s outcomes by linking sociological stratification questions to developmental psychology research. By integrating insights from these two fields, Dr Renske Keizer aims to build a new and interdisciplinary research field. She was also granted a Vidi for her project.

Dr R. K. M. (Rebekka) Schneider

Erasmus MC, Department of Hematology

Unravelling mechanisms that cause bone marrow fibrosis
Bone marrow fibrosis is the continuous replacement of blood-forming cells in the bone marrow by scar tissue, ultimately leading to failure of the body to produce blood cells. Primary myelofibrosis (PMF), an incurable type of blood cancer, is the prototypical example of the step-wise development of bone marrow fibrosis. The specific mechanisms that cause bone marrow fibrosis are not understood, particularly since not much is known about the cells that cause fibrosis. Dr Rebekka Schneider aims to unravel these mechanisms in her research.