PhD Supervision


Thijs Lindner

PhD thesis

Welfare attitudes: a cultural-sociological approach

To be defended in 2024

Supervision together with Willem de Koster

 Publications resulting from PhD research

  • Lindner, Thijs, Stijn Daenekindt, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2023. What do stances on immigrants' welfare entitlement mean? Evidence from a Correlational Class Analysis. British Journal of Sociology [PDF (open access)]
  • Linder, Thijs, Jonathan Mijs, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2023. Does informing citizens about the non-meritocratic nature of inequality bolster support for a Universal Basic Income? Evidence from a population-based survey experiment. European Societies  [PDF (open access)]
  • Lindner, Thijs, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2022. Different understandings of welfare benefits among the Dutch public: A focus group study. Social Policy & Administration 56 (7): 990-1005 [PDF (open access)]

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Josje ten Kate

PhD thesis

Understanding vaccine skepticism: a cultural-sociological multi-method study on perspectives regarding the Dutch National Immunization Programme

To be defended in 2024

Supervision together with Willem de Koster

Publications resulting from PhD research

  • Ten Kate, Josje, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2021. Becoming skeptical towards vaccines: How health views shape the trajectories following health-related events. Social Science & Medicine 293: 114668 [PDF (open access)]
  • Ten Kate, Josje, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2021. "Following your gut" or "questioning the scientific evidence": Understanding vaccine skepticism among more-educated Dutch parents. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 62 (1): 85-99 [PDF (open access)]
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Elske van den Hoogen

Popular understandings of the European Union: a meaning-centred mixed-methods study  [PDF (open access)]

Defended March 15, 2024

Supervision together with Willem de Koster

 Publications resulting from PhD research

  • Elske van den Hoogen, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2024. Filling the EU information deficit mitigates negative EU attitudes among the least knowledgeable. Evidence from a population-based survey experiment.  Journal of European Integration  [PDF (open access)]
  • Van den Hoogen, Elske, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2023. Does the prospect of further sovereignty loss fuel Euroscepticism? A population-based survey experiment. European Societies [PDF (open access)]
  • Van den Hoogen, Elske, Stijn Daenekindt, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2022. Support for European Union membership comes in various guises. Evidence from a Correlational Class Analysis of novel Dutch survey data. European Union Politics 23 (3): 489-508 [PDF (open access)]
  • Van den Hoogen, Elske, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2022. What does the EU actually mean to citizens? An in-depth study of Dutch citizens' understandings and evaluations of the European Union. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 60 (5): 1432-1448 [PDF (open access)]

Current position

Postdoctoral researcher, Political communication and journalism group, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Tim van Meurs

PhD thesis

No appetite for meddling: the role of anti-institutionalism in educational differences in the receptivity to nutrition interventions [PDF (open access)]

Defended September 28, 2023

Supervision together with Willem de Koster and Joost Oude Groeniger

Publications resulting from PhD research


  • Van Meurs, Tim, Joost Oude Groeniger, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2024. Sugar tax and product reformulation proposals reduce the perceived legitimacy of health-promotion institutions: a randomised population-based survey experiment. European Journal of Public Health  [PDF (open access)]
  • Van Meurs, Tim, Joost Oude Groeniger, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2022. Receptive to an authoritative voice? Experimental evidence on how patronizing language and stressing institutional sources affect public receptivity to nutrition information. SSM - Population Health 20, 101295 [PDF (open access)]
  • Van Meurs, Tim, Willem de Koster, Jeroen van der Waal & Joost Oude Groeniger. 2022. Suggested explanations for the (in)effectiveness of nutrition information interventions among adults with a low socioeconomic status: A scoping review. Journal of Nutritional Science 11, e50 [PDF (open access)]
  • Van Meurs, Tim, Feray Coban, Willem de Koster, Jeroen van der Waal & Joost Oude Groeniger. 2022. Why are anti-smoking health-information interventions less effective among low socioeconomic status groups? A systematic scoping review. Drug and Alcohol Review 41 (5): 1195-1205 [PDF (open access)]
  • Van Meurs, Tim, Joost Oude Groeniger, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2022. An incongruous intervention: Exploring the role of anti-institutionalism in less-educated individuals’ limited uptake of nutrition information. Sociology of Health & Illness 44 (2): 432-450 [PDF (open access)] 

Current position

Postdoctoral researcher, Cultural Sociology group, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Kjell Noordzij

PhD thesis

Revolt of the deplored: perceived cultural distance and less-educated citizens' political discontent [PDF (open access)]

Defended June 15, 2023 (cum laude)

Supervision together with Willem de Koster

Publications resulting from PhD research

  • Noordzij, Kjell, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2024.  Politicians' high status signals make less-educated citizens more supportive of aggression against government: a video-vignette survey experiment.  British Journal of Sociology  [PDF (open access)]
  • Noordzij, Kjell, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2023. Explaining the educational gradient in trust in politicians: a population-based video-vignette survey experiment. West European Politics [PDF (open access)]
  • Noordzij, Kjell, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2021. A revolt of the deplored? The role of perceived cultural distance in the educational gradient in anti-establishment politics. British Journal of Sociology 72 (5): 1448-1463 [PDF (open access)]
  • Noordzij, Kjell, Willem de Koster & Jeroen van der Waal. 2021. "They don't know what it's like to be at the bottom": Exploring the role of perceived cultural distance in less-educated citizens' discontent with politicians. British Journal of Sociology 72 (3): 566-579  [PDF (open access)]
  • Noordzij, Kjell, Jeroen van der Waal & Willem de Koster. 2019. The Educational Gradient in Trust in Politicians in the Netherlands: A Status-Based Cultural Conflict. The Sociological Quarterly 60 (3): 439-456 [PDF (open access)]

Current position 

Assistant Professor of Social Inequality, Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Babs Broekema

PhD thesis

The Politics of Local Welfare. How Local Political Arenas Shape Decentralised Social Policies  [PDF (open access)]

Defended June 23, 2022

Supervision together with Menno Fenger

Publications resulting from PhD research

  • Broekema, Babs, Menno Fenger & Jeroen van der Waal. 2021. Do local circumstances affect attitudes towards local social policies? Exploring the role of economic, political and demographic conditions. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 41 (9/10): 993-1011. [PDF (open access)]
  • Broekema, Babs, Menno Fenger & Jeroen van der Waal. 2020. Principals or puppets? Analysing variation in local political parties’ social policy positions Acta Politica 56 (3): 456-476. [PDF (open access)]

Current position 

Researcher/advisor, KokxDeVoogd Advisors, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Roy Kemmers

PhD thesis

“Us Know Who Is to Blame”. Understanding Popular Political Discontents in the Netherlands  [PDF (open access)]

Defended June 3, 2022

Supervision together with Dick Houtman & Stef Aupers

Publications resulting from PhD research

  • Kemmers, Roy. 2017.  Channelling discontent? Non-voters, populist party voters, and their meaningful political agency.  European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology 4 (4): 381-406.  [PDF (open access)]
  • Kemmers, Roy, Stef Aupers & Jeroen van der Waal. 2016. Becoming Politically Discontented: Anti-Establishment Careers of Dutch Nonvoters and PVV Voters. Current Sociology 64 (5), 757-74.  [PDF]
  • Kemmers, Roy, Stef Aupers, Dick Houtman & Jeroen van der Waal. 2015. State of Disgrace: Popular Political Discontents about the Dutch State in the 2000s. Parliamentary Affairs 68 (2), 476-93.  [PDF]

Current position 

Assistant Professor of Sociology of Culture, Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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