prof.dr. (Renske) R Keizer


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: 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).



Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Full professor | Science Public Issues and Imaginaries
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam


  • Talitha Stam, Renske Keizer, Roel Steensel, Nicole Lucassen & Brian Godor (2019) - Eindpresentatie samen leren onderzoek
  • Lisa Storm, Casper Lissa, Nicole Lucassen, Katrien Helmerhorst & Renske Keizer (2019) - Parenting Behavior in Relation to Children’s Prosocial Behavior: A Meta-Analysis.
  • Renske Verweij & Renske Keizer (2019) - Remaining childless: Examining the different pathways that lead to a childless life for men
  • 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
  • Katrien Helmerhorst, L van der Storm, Nicole Lucassen & Renske Keizer (2019) - Comparing father-child and mother-child attachment relationships and its links to children’s social-emotional development
  • Renske Keizer (2019) - Journal of Marriage and Family (Journal)
  • Lisa Storm, Katrien Helmerhorst, Nicole Lucassen & Renske Keizer (2018) - Zijn vaders als opvoeders uniek? De invloed van vaders op de ontwikkeling van hun kind.

  • R (Renske) Keizer (2020) - Joannes Juda Groen Prize

4.1 Families and Inequalities

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1.4CSociologische vraagstukken 2

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4.1 Social Inequalities: An introduction

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1.2C Sociologie

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News regarding prof.dr. (Renske) R Keizer

Keizer: “Verminder ongelijkheid door inkomen van partners 100 procent te vergoeden tijdens geboorteverlof”

Voor sommige families blijkt het opnemen van extra geboorteverlof niet financieel haalbaar. Onderzoeksresultaten hebben bijgedragen aan de nieuwe wet WIEG

De status van een gezin is een steeds belangrijkere voorspeller voor de kansen van een kind

De status van het gezin waarin het kind opgroeit is in de afgelopen decennia een steeds belangrijkere voorspeller geworden, vertelt hoogleraar Renske Keizer.

Renske Keizer over het langere geboorteverlof

Per 1 juli is de Wet Invoering Extra Geboorteverlof (WIEG) van kracht.  Dit betekent dat vanaf dat moment bij ieder kind de vader vijf extra weken…

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