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Dr Dingeman Wiertz
55-59 Gordon Square
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  • Lecturer in Social Science
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Prior to joining UCL, I was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I also obtained my PhD in sociology from the University of Oxford, after having been trained as an economist at Tilburg University. 

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Research Summary

My research centers around the following themes: civic engagement, inter-ethnic relations and integration, economic hardship, political attitudes, social networks, and community cohesion. 

I currently hold a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project titled Moving for the Kids: Residential Choices, School Choices, and Ethnic and Socioeconomic Segregation. This project aims to shed further light on the question of what drives people's decisions on where to live, focusing on families with young children in the UK. In particular, I will examine the role of local school opportunities alongside various other neighbourhood characteristics. My findings will contribute to a better understanding of residential segregation as a critical threat to social cohesion. 

Teaching Summary

I teach the module Advanced Quantitative Methods for the MSc Social Research Methods. 

Together with Nan Dirk de Graaf (Nuffield College, Oxford), I have written a multidisciplinary social science textbook: Societal Problems as Public Bads (Routledge 2019). In this book, we address several of the most pressing problems facing societies today, including economic inequality, corruption, religious extremism, financial crises, global warming, population ageing, gender inequalities, and large-scale migration. 

We trace these societal problems back to the individual-level behaviours from which they originate, and we demonstrate that many similar social processes lie behind these seemingly disparate problems. Throughout the book, we introduce students to essential analytical tools and concepts, numerous data charts, and telling examples from a variety of countries. We also discuss how government intervention may sometimes provide a cure, yet other times exacerbate existing problems or create new problems of its own.

Academic Background
2016   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
2011   Master of Science University of Oxford
2010   Master of Science Universiteit van Tilburg
2009   Bachelor of Science Universiteit van Tilburg
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