Affiliated Researchers

Richard Zijdeman


Richard Zijdeman, Postdoc Researcher, International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


Position in relation to project

Postdoc Researcher

Short biography 

Richard L. Zijdeman obtained his PhD at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS), Utrecht University in 2010. His main research focuses on social stratification structures and how and why people are moving across these structures (mobility / status attainment). He thereby focuses specifically on the issue of how technological changes (e.g. industrialization, internet, means of transportation) facilitate opportunities or raise barriers for such movements. Currently the focus of his research is on gender segregation and female labour force participation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

In his research, Zijdeman uses quantitative sources with occupational data: mainly digitalized personal records such as marriage records, as well as digitalized register data, such as censuses. In order to understand the influence of technological change he also uses detailed regional data on technological innovations.


Zijdeman is a (part-time) postdoctoral fellow at the CLIO-INFRA project at the International Institute of Social History. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Applied Social Science of the University of Stirling and co-founder of the international academic collaboratory HISCO. He is involved in several research projects, e.g. the project "Towards Open Societies" and the HIS-CAM-project.


Richard Zijdeman joined the research team of the ERC-project "United We Stand" at Utrecht University from February 2013 until December 2013 to work on issues of household formation and marriage patterns.

Involved in Research Themes

> Relation between Marriage Patterns and the emergence of institutions for collective action

Involved in projects

> ERC-project "United We Stand"
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Publications in relation to project 

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Lambert, P. S., Zijdeman, R. L., van Leeuwen, M. H. D., Maas, I., and Prandy, K., 2013. The Construction of HISCAM: A Stratification Scale Based on Social Interactions for Historical Comparative Research. Historical Methods 46(2), pp. 77-89.


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Personal webpage (including CV and full list of publications)

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