Willem Vermeulen is a PhD researcher at NIDI. In his research he investigates the influence of individual and contextual effects on the differences in union dissolution rates between Dutch municipalities. He is mostly interested in the influences of the interaction between the individual and their environment. His origins are not in sociology, but in computational science, in which he received a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU). In university Willem analyzed historic Dutch migration flows and the influence of historic cultural identity on migration patterns. This research inspired him to focus on sociology and demography, and the appliance of complex system modelling techniques in the domains.
Divorce, internal migration, historical demography