Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology

We are a leading research center and graduate school in the Netherlands.

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James Coleman Symposium – April 9, 2021

We will bring researchers and policy officers together to discuss the various aspects of health care and how they are influenced by e.g. the aging population, migration and labor market problems.

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In the spotlight

2 awards for article “The Matthew Effect in Science Funding”

Thijs Bol (Associate Professor UvA), Mathijs de Vaan and Arnout van de Rijt (Professor UU) received two awards for their paper “The Matthew Effect in Science Funding”

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Our PhD Program

The ICS PhD program is designed for graduates in sociology or related disciplines who would like to acquire a PhD degree and pursue a scientific career. We hire graduates in social, behavioral, and economic sciences and in some cases other sciences such as computer sciences or mathematics.

As a leading institute we provide:

  • full four-year positions
  • more than 10 vacancies a year at 4 universities in the Netherlands
  • a structured program with training in advanced theory construction and research methods by means of courses, tutorials, and individual study
  • support by a personal supervision team and meetings on a regular basis

Upcoming events

PhD Defense Fleur Goedkoop

The title of her dissertation is 'Involvement in bottom-up energy transitions: The role of local and contextual embeddedness''

PhD Defense Eva Vriens

The title of her dissertation is 'Mutualism in the 21st Century: The Why, When, and How behind Successful Risk-Sharing Institutions'

PhD Defense Ardita Muja

The title of her dissertation is 'From school to work: The role of the vocational specificity of education in young people’s labor market integration'

PhD Defense Siyang Kong

The title of her dissertation is ‘Women and Work in Contemporary China. The Effect of Market Transition on Women’s Employment, Earnings, and Status Attainment’