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prof. dr. D.R. Veenstra

Professor
prof. dr. D.R. Veenstra
Telephone:
+31 50 36 36570 (Secretariat Sociology / Christine Timmerman)
E-mail:

Personal details

  • Male/female: Male
  • Date and place of birth: 16-10-1969, Groningen
  • Nationality: Dutch

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Education

  • 1999 PhD, Sociology, University of Groningen. 
    Dissertation about achievement and progress of pupils in secondary education (see the summary)
  • 1994 Masters, Educational Science & Educational Philosophy, University of Groningen (cum laude)

Current position

  • 2013 – now Full Professor, Sociology, University of Groningen

Previous positions

  • 2011 – 2013 Professor (adjunct-hoogleraar), Sociology, University of Groningen
  • 2008 – 2010 Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Groningen
  • 2005 – 2007 Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Groningen
  • 2000 – 2004 Post-doc TRAILS (fixed-term, 0.5 fte) and Data Manager TRAILS (fixed-term, 0.5 fte), Social Psychiatry, University Medical Center Groningen

Management positions (current)

  • 2014 – now Scientific Director Research School ICS, Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (University of Groningen / Radboud University Nijmegen / Utrecht University)
  • 2014 – now Director of Research, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen
  • 2009 – now Member, Management Team TRAILS
  • 2009 – now Coordinator, MA program Criminality and Security, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen
  • 2005 – now Coordinator, Research Line Social Development of Adolescents, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen
  • 2005 – now Organizer, Sociology Colloquium, University of Groningen

Grants and Awards

  • 2015 NWO Vici Grant. PI, € 1.5M
  • 2015 NRO OPRO. Project number: 405-15-780-001. Co-PI, € 890k
  • 2014 NWO MaGW Veranderingsstudies. Project number 481-11-001. PI, € 245k
  • 2014 Porticus / Zonnige Jeugd. Co-PI, € 107k
  • 2014 NWO Investment Medium: SNARE Project number 480-13-005. Co-PI, € 240k
  • 2013 NWO Research Talent Program. Project number 406-12-022. Co-PI, € 169k
  • 2013 NWO Research Talent Program. Project number 406-13-017. PI, € 169k
  • 2013 NWO PROO. Project number 411-12-027. PI, € 717k
  • 2011 European Collaborative Research Project. Co-PI, € 287k
  • 2011 NWO MaGW Veranderingsstudies. Project number 481-08-013. PI, € 245k
  • 2010 Ministry of Education (Onderwijs Bewijs Actieprogramma II). PI, € 994k
  • 2010 NWO Youth & Family Program. Project number 431-09-027. Co-PI, € 441k
  • 2009 Ministry of Justice (WODC). Co-PI, € 70k
  • 2008 NWO Toptalent Program. Project number: 021-002-022. PI, € 180k
  • 2004 NWO The ties that families bind Program. Project nr: 457-03-018. PI, € 163k
  • 2002 NWO Investment Medium. Project number: GB-MAGW 480-01-006. Co-PI, € 220k 
  • 2001 Ministry of Justice (WODC). Co-PI, € 55k

International visits

  • 2013 Presentation at RAND Los Angeles, USA, titled “Focus on the group! A social network perspective on bullying.”
  • 2011 Nuffield Sociology Seminar Lecture at University of Oxford, UK, titled “The important role of teachers in bullying interventions: The KiVa program.”
  • 2011 Presentation at University of Vermont, USA, titled “SIENA Models for Network and Behavior Dynamics: Innovative Designs and Analyses to Examine Selection and Influence Processes.”
  • 2007 – 2011 Visiting Professor for five years at the University of Turku, Finland in the group of Christina Salmivalli. Co-supervision of three PhD students and one postdoc.

Conference Organisation (recent)

  • 2013 Member, Research and Development Team TEDXGroningen.
  • 2012 Organizer (together with Christina Salmivalli), SRA Peer Preconference: whole-day program with four keynotes and six workshops, Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2012 Member, Scientific Organization Committee Negative Ties and Social Networks Conference (3 days), Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2012 Symposium organiser, SIENA Models for Negative Relationships and Behavior Dynamics. Vancouver, Canada: Society for Research on Adolescence.

Invited lectures (recent)

  • 2015 SRCD conversation roundtable on Defining and Measuring Bullying (with Anthony Volk, Shelley Hymel, Wendy Craig, Dorothy Espelage).
  • 2015 SRCD Symposium on Peer Processes and School Adjustment: Examining Classroom Variations and Contextual Factors (with Huiyoung Shin, Dawn DeLay, and Handrea Logis).
  • 2014 SRA Symposium on Genes and Peers: How Genes Modify the Effects of Peer Victimization and Peer Behavior on Adjustment (with Sylvie Mrug, Edward D. Barker, Elisa Trucco).
  • 2014 The ins and outs of publishing. A conversation with the editors. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Manfred H. M. Van Dulmen, Jacquelynne Eccles, Todd Little, Charles E. Irwin, Roger J. Levesque).
  • 2014 Meet the scientist lunch. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence.
  • 2014 Group dynamics. Austin, TX: SRA Preconference on Peer Relations (breakout session with Scott D. Gest).
  • 2013 KiVa in the Netherlands: Design, implementation and selected findings. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on Intervening in School Bullying: The Critical Role of Context).
  • 2013 Advances in Social Networks Research Methods. Seattle, WA: SRCD Preconference on Peer Relations (breakout session with Scott D. Gest & Jenna Watling Neal).
  • 2012 Workshop at SRCD Themed Meeting on Developmental Methodology (Tampa, FL, 2012) entitled Network and behavior dynamics: An introduction in SIENA and its applications.
  • 2011 Happy 2 School – Peers and School. Helsinki, Finland (organized by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki).

Editorial Board Membership

Peer Review (journals)

Aggressive Behavior; American Educational Research Journal; American Sociological Review; Child Development; Criminology; Developmental Review; Educational Research and Evaluation; European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; International Journal of Behavioral Development; Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; Journal of Adolescence; Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Journal of Early Adolescence; Journal of Psychosomatic Research; Merrill-Palmer Quarterly; Netherlands Journal of Psychology; Netherlands’ Journal of Social Sciences; Pedagogische Studiën; Physiology & Behavior; Psychological Medicine; Psychology of Violence; School Effectiveness and School Improvement; Sex Roles; Sociology of Education; Social Development; Social Forces; Social Networks; Tijdschrift voor Criminologie; Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen; Tijdschrift voor Veiligheid. 

Grant Committee membership

  • 2014 NWO VENI MaGW
  • 2014 NWO Research Talent Program MaGW

Grant reviews

  • NWO Open Competitie;
  • NWO Programmaraad Onderwijsonderzoek;
  • NWO Vernieuwingsimpuls (VENI, VIDI, VICI);
  • ZonMW – Zorg voor Jeugd;
  • Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology;
  • Research Foundation Flanders – FWO

Professional membership

  • 2012 – now INSNA: International Network for Social Network Analysis
  • 2010 – now Society for Research on Adolescence
  • 2001 – now Research School ICS, Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology
  • 1999 – now Nederlandse Sociologische Vereniging

Publications (refereed)
Veenstra has published some 140 refereed articles and book chapters.

  • Top 10% international (refereed) journals (44)
  • Top 30% international (refereed) journals (28)
  • Other international (refereed) journals (19)
  • National (refereed) journals (16)
  • Books or contributions to books – International (16)
  • Books or contributions to books - National (17)

Other Publications

  • Consultancy reports (4)
  • Professional publications (8)
  • Book reviews (6)
  • Outreach (10)

Impact

Citation Report (March 13, 2015) Web of Science Google Scholar

  • Total citations: 1754 3594 (Jan. 2016: 4337)
  • h-index: 24 34 (Jan. 2016: 38)
  • Most cited paper: 193.414 (Jan. 2016: 458 x)
  • Citations in 2014: 365.804 (Citations in 2015: 743)

Popularization/Outreach
Veenstra’s research on bullying and the role of social networks in bullying have resulted in wide media exposure.
1 International

  • Åbo Underrättelser (Finland);
  • Live Science (USA);
  • MagisNet (Spain);
  • New York Times (USA);
  • Prevention Action (USA);
  • Telegraph (UK);
  • WebMD (USA).

2 Dutch and Flemisch newspapers

  • Algemeen Dagblad;
  • Het Belang van Limburg;
  • BN/De Stem; DAG;
  • Dagblad van het Noorden;
  • Friesch Dagblad;
  • Groninger Gezinsbode;
  • Het Laatste Nieuws;
  • Leeuwarder Courant;
  • Metro;
  • De Morgen;
  • Nederlands Dagblad;
  • NRC Handelsblad;
  • NRC Next;
  • Het Parool;
  • De Pers;
  • Spits;
  • Staatscourant;
  • De Standaard;
  • Telegraaf;
  • Trouw;
  • de Volkskrant. 

3 Magazines

  • 7Days;
  • Binnenlands Bestuur;
  • Broerstraat 5;
  • Didaktief;
  • De Groene Amsterdammer;
  • J/M;
  • G – vakblad over gezondheid en maatschappij;
  • Het Onderwijsblad;
  • Jeugdjournaal Magazine;
  • Kek Mama; Kinderopvang;
  • Margriet;
  • MR Magazine;
  • Onderwijsinnovatie;
  • PSY;
  • Schooljournaal;
  • Triakel;
  • Universiteitskrant;
  • Van twaalf tot achttien;
  • Viva;
  • VO Magazine. 

4 Radio

  • 100% NL,
  • BNR Newsradio;
  • Omrop Fryslân;
  • Oog Radio;
  • Q Music;
  • Radio 1 (Dit is de Dag; Eén op één; De Gids FM; Goedemorgen Nederland; NOS Radio 1 Journaal; Pavlov); 
  • Radio 2 (Remco ruimt op);
  • Radio 5 (Radar; Teleac – Faros; Teleac – Hoe? Zo!;
  • Ikon – De Andere Wereld);
  • Radio Drenthe;
  • Radio Noord;
  • Wilde Haren. 

5 Television

Last modified:13 June 2019 11.56 a.m.

Contact information

Sociology

Room:
3
Telephone:
+31 50 36 36570 (Secretariat Sociology / Christine Timmerman)