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Prof. Matthijs Kalmijn, professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and affiliate member of AMCIS, has been awarded the prestigious Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Matthijs Kalmijn

ERC Grant: Family Complexity: Intergenerational Reproduction and Solidarity in an Era of Family Complexity

Around 1965, there was a turning point in the general demographic development of Western societies: the Second Demographic Transition (SDT). The trademarks of this transition were: marrying later, having children later, a decrease in fertility, unmarried cohabitation and more one-parent families, single-person households, divorces and children born out of wedlock. One of the main consequences of this development is the increased complexity of families. Kalmijn will be researching how this influenced two fundamental aspects of intergenerational relationships: reproduction and solidarity. Kalmijn will be setting up a  largescale multi-actor survey among parents and their grown-up children, featuring a systematic overrepresentation of complex family relationships. Kalmijn hopes that the project will contribute to classic debates on ageing, social stratification and the social versus genetic basis of parent-child relationships.