Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology
University of Cologne &
Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute
Contact: , +49 (0)221 470 4234
Universitätsstraße 24, 50939 Cologne, Germany
Date of Birth 16/05/1983
Family status cohabiting, one daughter (*2015)
2014 Ph.D. in Sociology, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands (14/5/2014).
Dissertation: The different meanings of cohabitation across Europe. How cohabiters view their unions and differ in their plans and behaviors. Supervisor: Aart C. Liefbroer, Anne-Rigt Poortman.
Dissertation Committee: Matthijs Kalmijn, Ineke Maas, Doreen Manting, Theo van Tilburg, Michael Wagner
2009 Master of Arts in Sociology, Psychology and History, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
Thesis: Conflicts in the course of intimate relationships. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Michael Wagner
2006/2007 Master Courses in Demography, Institute of Demography (IDUP), University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
2004 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Psychology and History, Institute of Sociology, Technical University Dresden
2017 – present Lecturer (German: Akademische Rätin a. Z., equivalent W1), Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
Affiliation to the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute as External Collaboration Partner of Advanced Grant Project “Contexts of Opportunity (CONOPP)” funded by European Research Council (PI: Prof. A.C. Liefbroer)
2015 – 2017 PostDoc Researcher, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
2014 – 2017 PostDoc Researcher in Advanced Grant Project “Contexts of Opportunity (CONOPP)“ funded by European Research Council (PI: Prof. A.C. Liefbroer), Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague, Netherlands.
2009 – 2014 Ph.D. Candidate, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague, Netherlands
Junior Researcher (Data Harmonizer), Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague, Netherlands in project: “Generations and Gender Programme” funded by the European Commission
2018-2020 Elected board member of the section "Family sociology" of the German Sociological Association
2016 – 2017 Elected spokeswoman of approx. 80 academic pre-and postdoc staff members at the Board of Directors, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
2013 – 2015 Elected member of work council of approx. 60 staff members of Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague
2018 – present Associate Editor, European Journal of Population (Editor- in-Chief: Albert Esteve)
2014 – 2017 Editorial Assistant of Editor-in-Chief, European Journal of Population (Editor- in-Chief: Helga de Valk)
2016 – 2018 Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Marriage and Family
2017-2018 €10,000 of Career Support for High-Potential Female Scientists funded by the Female Professor Programm of the German Ministry of Education and Research to support high-potential young female researchers in Germany (Mentoring, Coaching, Research Stay)
2017 Best Poster Award “The Social Stratification of Choice in the Transition to Adulthood (with Francesco Billari & Aart C. Liefbroer) at RC28 Social Stratification Conference, Cologne, Germany
2018 Invited Visiting Scholar at Center for Demographic Studies (CED), Barcelona, Spain (host: dr. Sergi Vidal)
2012 Invited Visiting Scholar at Department of Demography, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain (host: prof. dr. Teresa Castro-Martín)
2007 Invited Visiting Scholar at French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), Paris, France (host: prof. dr. Clementine Rossier, REPRO project collaboration with MPIDR)
2006 Invited Visiting Student at Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research (MPIDR), Rostock, Germany (host: prof. dr. Michaela Kreyenfeld and prof. dr. Dirk Konietzka)
SUPERVISION OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS
2015 - present Ph.D. candidate Joanne Muller: “Childhood disadvantage, family life course and later life outcomes”, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (with prof. dr. Aart C. Liefbroer, ongoing)
SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS
2015 – present Supervision and coordination of the research assistance of two students at the Chair of prof. M. Wagner, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
2015 – present Supervision of 15 Master and Bachelor Theses at the Institute of Sociology, of which ten as first supervisor.
I have developed and taught a range of courses on population studies, social demography, family sociology and fertility in form of seminars, research skills seminars, intensive courses at BA and MA level as well as invited lectures with up to 500 BA students at the RUG University Groningen (2012-2015) and the University of Cologne (2015 – present). I currently teach two seminars (one BA, one MA) per semester. My evaluations are excellent. My guest lectures on the First and Second Demographic Transition at RUG Groningen have been evaluated best among 12 invited guest lecturers. My teaching at University of Cologne is on average evaluated with the grade 1.3 [1.0;5.0]. I regularly attend courses to further develop my teaching skills at the Center for University Didactics, University of Cologne.
MEMBERSHIP OF REVIEW BOARDS
2018 ERC Starting Grant Reviewer SH3
2017/2018 Research Foundation Flanders Postdoctoral Fellowship Reviewer
2014 - present Reviewer for Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, Advances in Life Course Research, Social Science Research, Comparative Population Studies, Journal of Family Research and book chapters by different publishers
MEMBERSHIP PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), German Sociological Association (DGS), German Demographic Society (DGD), Dutch Demographic Society (NVD)
PUBLICATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS
Billari, Francesco C., Hiekel, Nicole & Liefbroer, Aart C. (2019): The social stratification of choice in the transition to adulthood. European Sociological Review (accepted)
Hiekel, Nicole & Fulda, Barbara E. (2018): Love. Break up. Repeat. The prevalence and stability of serial cohabitation among West German women and men born in the early 1970s. Demographic Research 39 (30): 855-870.
Žilinčíková, Zuzana & Hiekel, Nicole (2018): Transition from cohabitation to marriage. The role of marital attitudes in seven Western and Eastern European countries. Comparative Population Studies 43: 3-30.
Fokkema, Tineke, Kveder, Andrej, Hiekel, Nicole, Emery, Tom & Liefbroer, Aart C. (2017): Generations and Gender Programme Wave 1 data collection: An overview and assessment of sampling and fieldwork methods, weighting procedures, and cross-sectional representativeness. Demographic Research 34 (18): 499-524.
Hiekel, Nicole, Liefbroer, Aart C. & Poortman, Anne-Rigt (2015): Marriage and separation risks among German cohabiters: Differences between types of cohabiter. Population Studies 69 (2): 237-257.
Hiekel, Nicole & Keizer, Renske (2015): Risk-avoidance or utmost commitment: Dutch focus group research on views on cohabitation and marriage. Demographic Research 32 (10): 311-340.
Hiekel, Nicole, Liefbroer, Aart C. & Poortman, Anne-Rigt (2014): Understanding diversity in the meaning of cohabitation across Europe. European Journal of Population 30 (4): 391-410.
Hiekel, Nicole & Castro-Martin, Teresa (2014): Grasping the diversity of cohabitation: Fertility intentions among cohabiters across Europe. Journal of Marriage and Family 76 (3): 489-505.
Hiekel, Nicole, Liefbroer, Aart C. & Poortman, Anne-Rigt (2014): Income pooling strategies among cohabiting and married couples: A comparative perspective. Demographic Research 30 (55): 1527-1560.
Hiekel, Nicole (2014): The different meanings of cohabitation across Europe. How cohabiters view their union and differ in their plans and behaviors. Dissertation: Amsterdam University Press.
Hiekel, Nicole (2017), Book review of Cesnuitytè, Vida, Lück, Detlev and Widmer, Eric D.: Family Continuity and Change. Contemporary European Perspectives. Series: Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life: Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2017, European Journal of Population 33 (4): 607-609.
Hiekel, Nicole, Huinink Johannes & Peters, Timo (2014), Combining data from the Generations and Gender Surveys and the German Family Panel to conduct comparative research on couples' and family dynamics. Pairfam Working Paper 22
Hox, Joop, Leeuw, Edith de, Kveder, Andrej, Liefbroer, Aart C., Aassve, Arnstein, Petric, Gregor, Lozar Manfreda, Katia, Kogovsek, T., Platinovsek, Rol, Klobas, Jane & Hiekel, Nicole (2010), Report on the methodological evaluation of the GGS questionnaire. Deliverable D7 for the EC-FP7 project GGP 212749. The Hague: Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), 127 p.
PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS AT ESTABLISHED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
I have been presenting at >30 international conferences and workshops since 2010:
Annual Meeting Population Association of America (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011), European Population Conference (2018, 1016, 2014, 2012, 2010), IUSSP conference (2014) and seminars (2018,2012), International Sociological Association (Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, 2017), German Demographic Society (2018), German Sociological Association (2017, 2019), Dutch Demography Day (2010-2015), Dutch/Flemish Sociological Association (2010-2015), Pairfam Conference (2014), Generations and Gender Programme User Conference (2010,2013)
INVITED ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES
2018 Repeated cohabitation in Germany. Determinants and outcomes of complex partnership trajectories. Invited talk at the IUSSP Panel “New and emerging family forms around the globe” organized by Brienna Perelli-Harris, Centre for Demographic Research, Barcelona, Spain
2017 Serial cohabitation in Germany. Determinants and outcomes of complex partnership trajectories. Invited talk at the conference “Changing Gender Inequalities, Changing Families?” organized by Jan van Bavel, KU University Leuven, Belgium
Do individualized marital practices increase the risk of divorce? Invited talk at the ERC GENDERBALL project group by Jan van Bavel, KU University Leuven, Belgium
2014 The diversity of cohabitation across Europe. Invited talk at the Relations Cross Nations Network Meeting organized by Tiziana Nazio, University of Turin, Italy
The first and second demographic transition. Invited Guest lecture at RUG Groningen (MA level)
2013 Grasping diversity in the cohabiting population across Europe. Invited talk at the symposium of the ERC funded Nonmarital Childbearing Project organized by Brienna Perelli-Harris, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Partnership formation and dissolution. Invited Guest lecture at RUG Groningen (BA level)
The Second Demographic Transition. Recent trends in demographic attitudes and behaviors. Invited Guest lecture at RUG Groningen (BA level)
2012 The different meanings of unmarried cohabitation in Europe. Invited talk at the IUSSP Seminar on “First union patterns around the world” organized by Teresa Castro-Martín
The Second Demographic Transition. Recent trends in demographic attitudes and behaviors Invited Guest lecture at RUG Groningen (BA level)
MEDIA COVERAGE AND OUTREACH
2018 Interview in CNN Documentary “Sex and Love Around the World” with Christiane Amanpour, broadcasted in April 2018
2017 Research Gate featured my research on the effect of individualism on marital instability [URL]
Radio Interview with Radio Eins “Why are there so many single households in Cologne?”
2014 and 2015 Oxford based openpop.org Blog featured my research on the diverse meanings of unmarried cohabitation in Europe as well as my study on the effect of motives of living in unmarried cohabitation and relationship dissolution
2014 Population Europe featured my research on fertility intentions of cohabiters across Europe
NIDI DEMOS Bulletin “Ongehuwd samenwonen in Europa” (Unmarried cohabitation in Europe)
Samenwonenden krijgen steeds vaker een kind (Cohabiters increasingly have children together), Interview with Reformatorisch Dagblad, May 7, 2014, cover story of a Dutch daily, reformatory newspaper