Christiaan Monden

Head of Department, Professor of Sociology and Demography, Fellow of Nuffield College

College: Nuffield

Research Areas: Social Inequality, Demography, Population Studies, Family Sociology, Health and Well-Being, Quantitative Methods.

Member of Research Streams

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social inequality, mobility, education and labour markets
  • Demography
  • Gender, family and households

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Email: Christiaan Monden

Tel.: 01865 286182 - Nuffield - 01865 278573

Further Links: College profile

I have an eclectic/elastic interest in sociological and demographic questions around family, health & mortality, and social inequality. I am interested in how societies differ in who lives with whom, who gets how much of the good and bad stuff in life, and how (un)fortune in life is related to who your family are.

I am currently involved in the following projects:

  1. In FAMSIZEMATTERS, an ERC funded project of which I am the PI, we study various questions about the link between family size and (the reproduction of) social inequalities. Patrick Prag, Paula Sheppard, and Zachary van Winkle work on this project as post-doctoral researchers and Florianne Verkroost and Marianne Cunha write their DPhil within this project. Several other students are involved on data harmonization and review papers as Research Assistants.
  2. CritEvents - Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality - is a Norface ERA-NET funded project with partners in Amsterdam (Leopold PI), Lausanne, Florence and Stockholm. We study how the risk of and vulnerability to critical events - union dissolution and jobloss - is socially patterned, how this has changed over time, and which social policies are relevant for these associations. In Oxford I work with Lewis Anderson (Sociology) and Erzsebet Bukodi (Social Policy and Intervention) on this project.  
  3. The Global Family Change project, spearheaded from Penn (by Luca Pesando, Hans-Peter Kohler, and Frank Furstenberg) with partners in Oxford (Nuffield), Barcelona (CED) and Milan (Boconni), explores the complex ways in which families are changing across low and middle-income countries. In 2018/19, I will be working with Liliana Andriano on spatial analysis of women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa.

You might also be interested in:

European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce - The 11th annual conference of this group took place in Oxford.

European Consortium for Sociological Research - Melinda Mills, Janne Jonsson and I hosted the 2016 Annual Conference in Oxford.

European Sociological Review - I have been one of the Associate Editors since 2013, but I am stepping down after 5 years of service.

My publications can be found through my Google Scholar profile. For new papers (2018+) you can find open access copies and replication packages on SocArXiv Papers and on my Open Science Framework profile. Please send me an email if you have trouble obtaining a pdf of any of my papers.

Most cited publications

Are the negative effects of divorce on well-being dependent on marital quality?
Journal of Marriage and Family 68 (5), 1197-1213

Twinning across the developing world
PLoS One 6 (9), e25239

Length of life inequality around the globe
Social Science & Medicine 68 (6), 1114-1123

Partner's and own education: does who you live with matter for self-assessed health, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption?
Social Science & Medicine 57 (10), 1901-1912

Ethnic intermarriage in times of social change: The case of Latvia
Demography 42 (2), 323-345