After finishing his Master in Sociology and Social Research (SaSR) at Utrecht University, Martijn conducted his doctoral research on the bi-directional influence of family relations and negative life events at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) in the Netherlands. Using data from the Netherlands’ Kinship Panel Study (NKPS) and the U.S.-based Longitudinal Study of Generations (LSOG) and various statistical methods, he showed how relationships with extended family and the structure of the family network influence the occurrence of negative events such as relationship dissolution, psychological problems, financial difficulties, or addiction, and how such events affect family relationships in return.
In February 2015 he started his position as a Quantitative Research Associate in Ageing and Intergenerational relations, which is part of the WISERD Civil Society project. Within the Civil Society project Martijn is responsible for research within the theme of “Ageing and intergenerational relations”. More specifically, he will be examining what factors affect the degree to which older people participate in their community, as well as relating their levels of participation to outcomes like health and well-being. Special attention will be paid to the influence of an older person’s belief that one can actively (re)construct one’s social surrounding, the extent to which the older person feels the need to leave something behind for future generations, and an older person’s perception of crime, in particular fear of crime.