Paula Thijs

Dr. Paula Thijs is senior researcher and project leader at Atria. She conducts a study on gender stereotypes and choices in education, work and care among young adults for the project Toekomst (A Working Future). She is also involved with several other (research) projects on, amongst others, gender inequality and climate change, gender-based and (ex-)partner violence, and women in politics.

Paula studied Sociology followed by a research in Social and Cultural Sciences from the Radboud University. In 2019 she obtained her PhD in Sociology with a study on trends in cultural conservatism in the Netherlands and Europe. Between 2018 and 2021, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam where she conducted a longitudinal study on social inequality in democratic values and political involvement of adolescents. Paula has years of experience with quantitative research methods and large scale survey research.

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Thematic expertise

Gender norms and stereotypes, female labour force participation, women in politics, conservatism, social inequality, diversity and inclusion, education, adolescents

Methodical expertise

Scientific research, large scale survey research, quantitative research methods and analysis


Paula Thijs