Professors by special appointment

Prof. dr. dr. BFM (Bart) Bakker

Senior Methodologist

Chairman / Professorship

  • Method of register data for social science research
  • VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences / Department of Sociology
  • The start date was 1-3-2009 and relates to research into measurement and coverage errors using administrative and Big Data sources. Emphasis is placed on the use of latent variable models (SEM, LCA), catch-recapture methods and the development of quality objectives for research where sources are combined.

dr. ir. CAM (Kees) van Berkel

Senior statistical researcher

Chairman / Professorship

  • Statistics and computer science for fact-based economics and control
  • Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of the Academy of Financial Management
  • Started on 9/1/2019 and relates to the development and application of methodology for compiling accurate and up-to-date statistics by combining surveys with other data sources.

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Prof. dr. dr. YES (Jan) van den Brakel

Senior Methodologist

Chairman / Professorship

  • Examination method
  • Maastricht University, Faculty of Quantitative Economics
  • Start date 1-12-2010 and is about conducting research and teaching in research methodology with emphasis on the use of model-based estimation methods.

Prof. dr. dr. PJH (Pete) Daas

Senior Methodologist

Chairman / Professorship

  • Big data in official statistics
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science / Stochastics
  • Start date 1-11-2018. The chairman focuses on i) developing methods that enable big data to be used reliably in the production of official statistics and ii) developing new big data-based statistics in a data-driven way.

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Prof. dr. dr. M. (Marjolijn) Das

Senior statistical researcher

Chairman / Professorship

  • City statistics
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Public Administration and Sociology / Sociology
  • Start date 6-04-2017 and relates to quantitative research in spatial demography with large-scale CBS data, including CBS personal network. For example, Das examines migration behavior from / to cities and the (social) environment’s influence on life course outcomes. She also maps the vulnerability of city dwellers and researches

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Prof. dr. dr. IA (Ruben) van Gaalen

Sociologist / demographer and senior researcher, program coordinator within the Sector Demographic and Socio-Economic Statistics (SES)

Chairman / Professorship

  • Register analyzes of life course dynamics
  • University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Start date 1-10-2015 and relates to research, especially with registry data, into the effects of events and circumstances in early childhood on opportunities later in life. In addition, research into how the interaction between, for example, work, family, health and education affects these opportunities. By mapping and analyzing the changes in people’s life course, social differences and diversity within the same generation as well as social changes across generations can be identified.

Other functions / side functions

  • Board member of the Netherlands Historical Sample Foundation (HSN, IISH / KNAW) and associate researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI / KNAW / RUG) in The Hague.

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Prof. dr. Dr. FP (Frank) Pijpers

Senior Methodologist

Chairman / Professorship

  • Complexity of official statistics
  • University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Start date 01-01-2021. Society and economy are expressions of complex systems in the real world. The purpose of the chair is for official statistics to perform more appropriate analyzes and publish indicators so that CBS not only sheds light on the current state of affairs in the Netherlands, but also on the interrelationship and interaction between seemingly distinct phenomena.

Second function / side function

  • ZonMw: member of scientific committee for evaluation of grant applications for a specific tender in complex systems.

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Prof. dr. dr. JJG (Hans) Schmeets

Senior statistical researcher

Chairman / Professorship

  • Social statistics, especially the empirical study of social cohesion
  • Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
  • Start date 1-4-2008. Within this chair, research is conducted into social capital, social cohesion, integration, religion, migration, naturalization, (assessment of) choice, trust, well-being, risk behavior, language, sustainability, gender inequality in the workplace and research methodology. This is mainly done on the basis of sample surveys and register data. A number of PhD students are also supervised and taught in the chair.

Other functions / side functions

  • Board member of the Dutch Voters Research Foundation (SKON).
  • Scientific Advisory Committee “Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross-Border Cooperation and Mobility” (ITEM).
  • Scientific Advisory Committee ‘Giving in the Netherlands’.

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Prof. dr. dr. JG (Barry) Schouten

Senior Methodologist

Chair

  • Methods and techniques, in particular mixed mode study design
  • Utrecht University, Faculty of Social Sciences / Social Sciences, Department of Methods and Statistics
  • Start date 1-4-2017 and relates to design and estimation methods for new forms of observation. It is about exploring optimal combinations of surveys, sensor measurements and data donation in relation to respondent load and data quality.

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Prof. dr. dr. JP (Jan Pieter) Smits

Senior statistical researcher

Chairman / Professorship

  • Quantification of sustainability
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Science
  • Start date 1-09-2016

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Prof. dr. dr. W. (Wendy) Smits

Senior statistical researcher

Lecturer / Lecturer

  • Labor market flexibility: the employer’s perspective
  • Maastricht University, Research Center for Education and the Labor Market
  • Start date 1-10-2016. The chairman focuses on the causes and consequences of the labor market’s increasing flexibility for individuals, organizations and society. Research is conducted into different types of flexible employment relationships, the professional careers of flexible workers, platform workers and the influence of flexible workers on the company’s success.

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Prof. dr. dr. AG (Ton) de Waal

Senior Methodologist

Lecturer / Lecturer

  • Method for official statistics, in particular with regard to the integration of data sources
  • Tilburg University, Faculty of Methodology and Statistics
  • Start date 1-07-2014 and relates to research in statistical methods to combine several data sources. Among other things, De Waal develops methods to correct for measurement errors or for selectivity in data files. He also examines methods for assessing the quality of statistics based on multiple sources.

Second function / side function

  • Member of the NWO Committee 2021/2022 (until May 2022).

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