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Research interests

Tim's main research interests regard a comparative analysis of social cohesion and social solidarity in Europe. His current research project aims at explaining attitudes towards welfare state performance. Previously, he has been involved in a comparative research into the relation between ethnic-cultural diversity, integration policies and social cohesion in Europe.


Postdoctoral researcher (University of Amsterdam and KU Leuven). The Ties that Bind. An Empirical Evaluation of the Political Theory of Liberal Nationalism.

Postdoctoral research fellow (Tilburg University). Evaluation of welfare state performance and outcomes by the European public. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Wim van Oorschot.

Research fellow (KU Leuven). Social cohesion in Flanders (Belgium). September 2009-January 2010. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Marc Hooghe.

Research fellow (KU Leuven). Social cohesion and diversity. September 2005-September 2009. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Marc Hooghe.


In general, I teach courses on topics close to my research interest, namely on the social consequences of immigration and ethnocultural diversity. In the Master, I coordinate a course on Social Capital (i.e. structural (networks) and cultural (norms) characteristics of social organization that facilitate cooperation). In the Excellence Program of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, I teach on Social Cohesion in a Multicultural Society. As for Bachelor and Master thesis topics, I am in general interested in supervising students interested in the study of social capital, generalized and political trust, national identity, social solidarity and support for welfare redistribution, and ethnic inequalities.

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public opinion Social Sciences
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patriotism Social Sciences
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Research Output 2006 2019

The inevitable deservingness gap: A study into the insurmountable immigrant penalty in perceived welfare deservingness

Reeskens, T. & van der Meer, T. 2019 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of European Social Policy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
unemployment benefit
welfare provision

Doorheen de puberteit met Robert Putnam

Reeskens, T. Sep 2018 In : Sociologie Magazine. 26, 3, p. 25-25

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorPopular

class position
voting behavior
social class
class identification

Mind over matter: The impact of subjective social status on health outcomes and health behaviors

D'Hooge, L., Achterberg, P. H. J. & Reeskens, T. 5 Sep 2018 In : PLOS One. 13, 9, 19 p., 0202489

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Conceptions of citizenship and tolerance towards immigrants: A comparative study of public opinion data

Reeskens, T. & van Oorschot, W. J. H. 2017 The strains of commitment: The political sources of solidarity in diverse societies. Banting, K. & Kymlicka, W. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 177-198

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific