Dr. T.M.I.C. (Talitha) Stam

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

Talitha Stam is an anthropologist and sociologist working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Her research mainly deals with social inequalities and the role of education.

Both during her PhD and current postdoctoral research Talitha coordinated projects with extensive quantitative and qualitative, including ethnographic, data collection with children and young people in primary, secondary and lower senior vocational (mbo) schools in the Netherlands and the UK.

She has built a strong network with practitioners in the field and governmental officials on local, national and international level. As she finds it important to not only contribute to science, but also to society. This valorisation is awarded with the Best Impact 2018 Prize of the Erasmus Graduate School Award for PhD Excellence 2018.

In 2018, Talitha obtained her PhD degree at the Erasmus University Rotterdam on the aspirations of 'white' Dutch girls in lower vocational education. This ethnographic study has been discussed in numerous Dutch media, such as: Telegraaf, Volkskrant and Radio 1

Currently, Talitha coordinates the research project Making Rotterdam’s children more resilient: Closing the socio-economic/ethnic gap in students’ school performances by strengthening partnerships between parents, schools, and children. For this, we work in close collaboration with our social partner Samen Leren/Bureau Frontlijn from the municipality of Rotterdam. 

Research interests: social inequalities, education, children, youth, families and ethnography.

Onderzoeksinteresse: sociale ongelijkheid, onderwijs, kinderen, jongeren, families en etnografie.


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T15-48
Burg. Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam