Renske Keizer is full professor in Family Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Keizer’s primary research interests are fatherhood and parenthood in an internationally comparative perspective, and the dynamics of partner relationships. Her research straddles sociology, pedagogical sciences, demography, and developmental psychology. Central to her work is the application of the theory-based life course approach to the behavior and well-being of individuals, and (extended) families. She has a demonstrated track record of significant contributions to multiple fields and to policy debates, through several highly-cited publications in top-tier journals, such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Psychology, Population and Development Review, European Sociological Review, and European Journal of Population. She has received several prestigious grants, amongst which an ERC Starting Grant, a NWO VENI and a NWO VIDI award. In 2016, she was selected as one of the 25 most talented young scholars of all Dutch and Flemish universities. In April 2019 she became member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Currently, Renske Keizer is involved in two international research collaborations.
As representative of the Netherlands, Renske Keizer is member of a research group investigating The Development of Inequalities in Child Educational Achievement (DICE). This international network, led by Dr. Liz Washbrook (University of Bristol) and Prof. dr. Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University) investigates from a cross-national perspective the development of social inequalities in children’s educational achievements and school performances. Other network members include, amongst others: Dr. Anne Solaz (INED), Dr. Lidia Panico (INED), Sabine Weinert (Bamberg), and Thorsten Schneider (Leipzig). In 2018 we received an Open Research Area for the Social Sciences grant to conduct our interdisciplinary international research.
Again, as representative of the Netherlands, Renske Keizer is involved in the Nonmarital Childbearing Network: www.nonmarital.org. This international network, led by Dr. Brienna Perelli-Harris (University of Southampton) investigates the development of nonmarital childbearing and family change. Other network members include, amongst others: Dr. Wendy Sigle-Rushton (London School of Economics), Dr. Michaela Kreyenfeld (Max Planck Institute, Rostock), Dr Trude Lappegard (Statistics Norway) and Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Thompson (Stockholm University). Our Nonmarital Childbearing Network received international recognition and acknowledgement in the form of an ERC starting grant, which Brienna Perelli Harris, as principal investigator, applied for (CHILDCOHAB: project number: 263794).
N Pot & Renske Keizer (2016) - Physical activity and sport participation: A systematic review of the impact of fatherhood - Preventive Medicine, 4, 121-127 - doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.05.018
Jennifer Holland & Renske Keizer (2015) - Family attitudes and fertility timing in Sweden - European Journal of Population, 31 (3), 259-285 - doi: 10.1007/s10680-014-9333-x
Renske Keizer (2015) - Which men become involved fathers? The impact of men’s own attitudes on paternal involvement in the Netherlands - International Review of Sociology, 25 (3), 359-372 - doi: 10.1080/03906701.2015.1078531
Renske Keizer (2015) - [Review of: G.B. Eydal, T. Rostgaard (2015) Fatherhood in the Nordic welfare states: comparing care policies and practice] - Community, Work & Family, 18 (2), 244-246 - doi: 10.1080/13668803.2015.1020728
Renske Keizer & N Hiekel (2015) - Risk-avoidance or utmost commitment: Dutch focus group research on cohabitation and marriage - Demographic Research, 32 (10), 311-340 - doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.10
Renske Keizer (2006) - Gerongrafiek: kinderloosheid; risicofactor op hogere leeftijd? - Geron : tijdschrift over ouder worden en maatschappij, 8 (3), 50-50
Renske Keizer & Pearl Dykstra (2013) - Zorgende vaders - Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving, 29 (1), 1-4
Renske Keizer (2011) - De rol van vaders. - Raffia. Informatief en Opiniërend Bulletin over Vrouwenstudies en Emancipatie, 23 (1)
Renske Keizer (2008) - Pathways into childlessness; the impact of education, work history and partnership history on remaining childless - Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving, 24, 5-6
Renske Keizer (2007) - Een levenspad zonder kinderen; de invloed van onderwijs, werk en relaties. - Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving, 23 (5), 1-3
KO Ivanova & Renske Keizer (2016) - What’s a (childless) man without a woman? The differential importance of couple dynamics for the well-being of childless men and women - doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-44667-7_15 - Springer
W Sigle-Rushton, A Goisis & Renske Keizer (2012) - Fathers and fatherhood in the European Union - Taylor & Francis Group
Renske Keizer, Pearl Dykstra & Frank Lenthe (2010) - Kindertal en sterfte van de man. Leven papa¿s langer? - Amsterdam University Press
Renske Keizer (2010) - Remaining childless. Causes and consequences from a life course perspective. - ICS/ Utrecht University
Lisa Storm, Nicole Lucassen, Katrien Helmerhorst & Renske Keizer (2019) - Are fathers the bridge to the social world? A meta-analysis on linkages between parenting behavior of fathers and mothers and children’s prosocial behavior.
K Kubisch & Renske Keizer (2010) - Harmonized histories. The Netherlands. Documentation of the standardization of the Dutch harmonized histories data file for birth, partnership histories, leaving home questions and background variables - Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Renske Keizer (2019) - Journal of Marriage and Family (Journal)
Renske Verweij & Renske Keizer (2019) - Remaining childless: Examining the different pathways that lead to a childless life for men - Dutch Day of Sociology
Katrien Helmerhorst, Lisa Storm, Nicole Lucassen & Renske Keizer (2019) - Comparing father-child and mother-child attachment relationships and its links to children’s social-emotional development - SRCD Biennal Meeting 2019
Lisa Storm, Katrien Helmerhorst, Nicole Lucassen & Renske Keizer (2018) - Zijn vaders als opvoeders uniek? De invloed van vaders op de ontwikkeling van hun kind. - Avond van de Wetenschap & Maatschappij