Research profile

I am a lecturer (german: akad. Rätin) at the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne, Germany and affiliated to the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague, The Netherlands.


My research interests are at the intersection of sociology and demography. I study the intergenerational reproduction of social inequality, the transition to adulthood, union formation and dissolution, the different meanings of unmarried cohabitation and their link to relationship investments and outcomes, gender and the division of labor, social inequality from a life course perspective.

Dr. Nicole Hiekel | University of Cologne | Department of Sociology and Social Psychology | Universitätsstraße 24 | D-50939 Cologne | Germany |hiekel[at]