Prof.dr. R. (Renske) Keizer

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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).



Key Publications (5)

  • K. Ivanova & R. 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. In M. Kreyenfeld & D. Konietzka (Eds.), Childlessness across Europe . Springer
  • W. Sigle-Rushton, A. Goisis & R. Keizer (2012). Fathers and fatherhood in the European Union. In N Cabrera & C Tamis-LeMonda (Eds.), Handbook of Father Involvement (pp. 81-96). Taylor & Francis
  • R. Keizer, P.A. Dykstra & F.J. van Lenthe (2010). Kindertal en sterfte van de man. Leven papa¿s langer? In L. Bonneux (Ed.), De gezonde levensloop: Een geschenk van vele generaties (Boeknummer Mens en Maatschappij, jaargang 85) (pp. 93-108). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
  • R. Keizer. Remaining childless. Causes and consequences from a life course perspective. ICS/ Utrecht University Prom./coprom.: prof.dr. P.A. Dykstra & A.R. Poortman.
  • R. Keizer & P.A. Dykstra (2013). Zorgende vaders. Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving, 29 (1), 1-4.
  • R. Keizer (2011). De rol van vaders. Raffia. Informatief en Opiniërend Bulletin over Vrouwenstudies en Emancipatie, 23 (1).
  • R. Keizer (2011). Aanstaande vaders. In H Hartboom, S de Hoog & R Servage (Eds.), Vaderschap 2.0. Opvoedingsondersteuning voor vaders van nu (pp. 32-36). E-quality
  • R. Keizer (2010). De man achter de succesvolle vrouw: Kanjer of kneus? Dag van de Sociologie: Groningen (2010, juni 10 - 2010, juni 10).
  • R. Keizer (2009). Do daddies live longer? Examining the relationship between parity and men¿s mortality risks. Demografiedag: Utrecht (2009, oktober 22 - 2009, oktober 22).
  • R. Keizer (2009). The transition into parenthood and well-being. European Sociological Association conference: Lisbon (2009, september 2 - 2009, september 5).
  • R. Keizer (2009). The transition into parenthood and well-being. Dag van de Sociologie: Amsterdam (2009, juni 11 - 2009, juni 11).
  • R. Keizer (2009). Do daddies live longer? Examining the relationship between parity and men¿s mortality risks. European Population Conference: Vienna (2009, september 1 - 2009, september 4).
  • R. Keizer (2009). Antecedents and consequences of childlessness. Brown bag seminar NIDI: The Hague (2009, maart 30 - 2009, maart 30).
  • R. 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.
  • R. Keizer (2007). Childlessness and family integration. Conference ¿Extending and extended families": Edinburgh (2007, juni 27 - 2007, juni 29).
  • R. Keizer (2007). Pathways into childlessness. Evidence of gendered life course dynamics. American Sociological Association conference: New Tork (2007, augustus 11 - 2007, augustus 14).
  • R. Keizer (2007). Does fatherhood make the man? European Sociological Association conference: Glasgow (2007, september 3 - 2007, september 6).
  • R. Keizer (2007). Does fatherhood make the man? Dag van de Sociologie¿: Rotterdam (2007, mei 31 - 2007, mei 31).
  • R. Keizer (2007). Een levenspad zonder kinderen; de invloed van onderwijs, werk en relaties. Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving, 23 (5), 1-3.
  • L. van der Storm, N. Lucassen, K.O.W. Helmerhorst & R. 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. SRCD Biennal Meeting 2019: Baltimore, United States of America.
  • K.O.W. Helmerhorst, L. van der Storm, N. Lucassen & R. Keizer (2019, maart 22). Comparing Father-Child and Mother-Child Attachment Relationships and its Links to Children’s Social-Emotional Development. Baltimore, United States of America, SRCD Biennal Meeting 2019.
  • L. van der Storm, K.O.W. Helmerhorst, N. Lucassen & R. Keizer (2018, oktober 8). Zijn vaders als opvoeders uniek? De invloed van vaders op de ontwikkeling van hun kind. The Hague, the Netherlands, Avond van de Wetenschap & Maatschappij.
  • K.O.W. Helmerhorst, L. van der Storm, N. Lucassen & R. Keizer (2018). Vergelijking tussen vader-kind en moeder-kind gehechtheidsrelaties en de mogelijke rol van SES.
  • K. Kubisch & R. 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. (Extern rapport, Internal MPIDR report). Rostock: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Editorial positions

  • Journal of Marriage and Family

    Editorial Board


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