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I am an associate professor at the Department of Sociology of VU Amsterdam and Program Director of the Bachelor and Master Sociology. In my research I'm interested in virtually anything that concerns people's social connections and how those affect their behavior, attitudes, and resources. Topics I have studied most over the past years include: social and psychological consequences of Internet use; involvement in voluntary associations and volunteering; social trust and support; and individualization. 

 

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From 2013 to 2016 I worked on research project funded by a NWO VENI grant entitled: “Life events & well-being: The role of the Internet in coping processes”. After this project I have extended this line of research by looking at many aspects of how the Internet is changing our lives and social interactions. 

Keywords

  • HM Sociology
  • Social media
  • wellbeing
  • social support
  • voluntary associations
  • social trust
  • coping
  • volunteering
  • internet use

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