Dingeman Wiertz

Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellow

College: Nuffield

I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

My research focuses on civic participation, inter-ethnic relations, social networks, economic hardship, and their interrelationships. The overarching goal is to improve our understanding of social inequalities and social cohesion, and to inform public debates on those issues. I also have a keen interest in quantitative research methods.

Recently I have studied to what degree civic life in The Netherlands is ethnically segregated. That is, how likely are members and volunteers of voluntary associations to meet people from different ethnicity in their organizations? Are voluntary associations a platform where ethnic groups mingle and ethnic boundaries are overcome, or do they reinforce segregation that exists in neighborhoods, schools and workplaces, and family and friendship networks?

Another project focuses on the United States and investigates how labor market experiences spill over to civic life; for example, does becoming unemployed or dropping out of the labor force boost or undermine volunteer work? The answers to such questions shed light on whether civic engagement can act as shield to the adverse social effects of economic hardship, and also whether long-term declines in labor force participation and employment stability may leave a mark on civic life.

I obtained my DPhil (PhD) degree in Sociology at Nuffield College and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. Please see my CV and personal website for further details.


Research areas: Civic participation, ethnic integration, economic hardship, social cohesion, quantitative methods.

Wiertz, Dingeman (2016). 'Segregation in civic life – Ethnic sorting and mixing across voluntary associations', American Sociological Review, 81(4), 800-827.

Wiertz, Dingeman, Matthew R Bennett, and Meenakshi Parameshwaran (2015). 'Ethnic heterogeneity, ethnic and national identity, and social cohesion in England', pp. 123-142 in Koopmans, Ruud, Bram Lancee, and Merlin Schaeffer (eds.), 'Social cohesion and immigration in Europe and North America – Mechanisms, Conditions and Causality'. London: Routledge.

Wiertz, Dingeman, and Jochem Tolsma (2015). 'De rol van opleidingsniveau voor starten en stoppen met vrijwilligerswerk' (The role of education for starting and quitting volunteering), pp. 105-126 in De Lange, Marloes, Jochem Tolsma, and Maarten H J Wolbers (eds.), 'Opleiding als sociale scheidslijn: Een nieuw perspectief op een oude kloof' (Education as social fault line: A new perspective on an old divide). Apeldoorn: Garant.

Wiertz, Dingeman (2015). 'Has our level of education increased?', Centre for Social Investigation briefing note no.7, part of 'Social Progress in Britain' report. Oxford: CSI (http://csi.nuff.ox.ac.uk/).