Research

My research focuses on the origins and consequences of sorting processes in schools, neighbourhoods, and social networks. In this context, I have mainly worked on three questions.

(1) Neighbourhoods and immigrant incorporation: What role do housing patterns play for the social and emotional incorporation of (the children of) immigrants?

Segregated housing patterns of ethnic minority and majority populations considerably affect interethnic contact and migration-related attitudes. In my work, I examine different forms of neighbourhood effects on processes of immigrant incorporation. Read more…

(2) Ethnic segregation in secondary schooling: Why is it so persistent?

Despite institutional efforts to reduce school segregation, ethnic minority and majority students often remain separated in different secondary schools. My work examines the interplay between institutional rules and individual school choices that leads to persistent patterns of ethnic school segregation. Read more…

(3) Peer relations and local contexts: How are people’s social networks, behaviour, and their feelings of belonging affected by compositional features of local contexts?

A third focus of my work addresses the question of how contextual features of schools and neighbourhoods influence the everyday lives of people. More specifically, I examine the compositional conditions under which inclusive identities and cohesive social networks emerge among ethnic minority and majority adolescents. Read more…