Staff members with discipline Sociology
Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.
My research projects include research on Christianity and Pentecostalism, secularity, ethics, NGOs and faith based organisations, health and prevention, youth care, education and foster care, international development, gender based violence, female leadership, women's agency and empowerment, sexuality education and sexual health programming, polarization and sexual nationalism.
I apply qualitative research methods, and have a particular interest in ethnographic and participatory research and creative (art-based) methodologies.
I have conducted research in and on The Netherlands and broader Western Europe, and in Sub Sahara Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa
My work is always situated on the intersections of science and society and I have ample experience with knowledge valorisation, societal impact and applied research. In this I have a particular interest in how sound academic knowledge can empower and support marginalized people and communities.
Students who want to write their thesis on one of the themes mentioned above in relation to religion/ secularity and are interested in applying qualitative research methods may contact me.
- Sociology of social inequalities
- Sociology of higher education
- Sociology of health and well-being
- Personal network analysis
Task devision and group performance
Social preferences and Social Value Orientation
Dr Flávio Eiró (he/him) is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts (Minorities & Multilingualism), University of Groningen. He has conducted ethnographic research on electoral politics and conditional cash transfers in Northeast Brazil. Flávio has published widely on issues surrounding politics, poverty and anti-poverty policies, policy implementation, with a special focus on Brazil. In the Minorities & Multilingualism group, Flávio teaches and researches issues related to politics of diversity and minorities, with a focus on race and racism.
Koster M & F Eiró (2021) Clientelism in Northeast Brazil: brokerage within and outside electoral times. Contemporary Social Science , 1-13.
Acosta R, F Eiró, I Koch, M Koster (2020) Introduction: Urban struggles: governance, resistance, and solidarity. FocaalBlog.
Eiró F (2019) The vicious cycle in the Bolsa Família Program’s implementation: discretionality and the challenge of social rights consolidation in Brazil. Qualitative Sociology , 42(3): 385–409.
Eiró F & M Koster (2019) Facing Bureaucratic Uncertainty in the Bolsa Família Program: Clientelism beyond reciprocity and economic rationality. Focaal. Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology , 85: 84–96.
Qualitative Research methods: interviews, focus groups, thematic analysis
Member Educational Committee Sociology
Sociale veiligheid en groepsvorming
For students: I only accept supervision of projects that employ qualitative research methods.
Sociology of Work
Social Inequality, Mobility, and Stratification
Peer relations (social networks)
Quantitative research methods for longitudinal research
PhD-student research group Higher Education (GMW)
I set up a research project to learn more about the academic development of high achieving Bachelor’s students (i.e. honours students and non-honours students who belong to the best 10% of their degree programme). The goal of this research is to measure the learning interests and preferences of high achieving Bachelor’s students and to follow the interdisciplinary learning gains of an honours programme. The outcomes of this research project might contribute to the further development of interdisciplinary education and honours programmes. Policy Officer Education (Office of the University)
I work for the Strategy Department of Education & Research as a policy officer and am responsible for policy issues concerning minor programmes.
I also have a blog together with Nina Schwarzbach where we reflect on our PhD, clinical psychology and academia in general: https://www.growingwithacademia.com/
social impact assessment; social impact management; project induced displacement & resettlement; social licence to operate; social sustainability; extractive industries & society; business & human rights; human rights impact assessment; Indigenous rights; Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC); benefit sharing; community engagement; public participation; avoiding the resource curse; shared value; corporate social responsibility; university social responsibility; sense of place; place attachment; endogenous regional development; rural communities; social aspects of climate change; applied social research; rural sociology; environmental sociology; natural resource sociology; sociology of agriculture & food; human geography; cultural geography.
Other matters to note:
Prof Vanclay was awarded the 2014 Individual Award from the International Association for Impact Assessment for his sustained contribution to the theory and practice of social impact assessment.
Prof Vanclay has been a visiting professor with: the University of Eastern Finland, 2012; the University of Sao Paulo (San Carlos campus), Brazil, 2012; the University of Southern Queensland, 2016; National Taiwan University, 2017; and the North West A&F University, China, 2017.
Prof Vanclay was President of the International Rural Sociology Association from 2000 to 2004. He also has a long affiliation with the International Association for Impact Assessment including past member of its Board of Directors, and various Committee Chair appointments. He was Program Chair for the Tenth World Congress of Rural Sociology (Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 2000).
Parent-child relationships and parental imprisonment
Prison-based interventions aimed at strengthening parent-child relationships
Sociology of organizations - sociology of work - sociological theory - economic sociology - sociology of aging
Sustainable cooperation - governance - organizational control - organizational change - administrative reform - institutional change - decentralization - social network dynamics - humanitarian action