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Marieke Voorpostel


fors-M_Voorpastel-6 Senior Researcher
Office 5646
+41 (0)21 692 37 27
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch


Marieke Voorpostel received her PhD in sociology from Utrecht University in 2007. She was a Post-doc at Utrecht University and a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology of the University of Oxford. She started working for the Swiss Household Panel in 2008.


Marieke Voorpostel is part of the Swiss Household Panel team. She is also the editor of the FORS Working Paper Series. Her research focuses on various topics within family sociology, such as relationship formation and dissolution, new family forms and political and civic involvement in the family. She also studies attrition and nonresponse in longitudinal surveys.



Roeters, A., Mandemakers, J.J., & Voorpostel, M. (2016). Parenthood and well-being: The moderating role of leisure and paid work. European Journal of Population, 32(3), 381-401.

Blieszner, R. & Voorpostel, M. (2016). Families and aging: Toward an interdisciplinary family-level Approach (pp.327-348). In: V.L. Bengtson & R. Settersten (Eds.). Handbook of Theories of Aging, (3rd ed.).

Lebert, F. & Voorpostel, M. (2016). Turnover as a strategy to escape job insecurity: The role of family determinants in dual-earner couples. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37(3), 407-421.

Rothenbühler, M. & Voorpostel, M. (2016). Attrition in the Swiss Household Panel: Are vulnerable groups more affected than others? (pp.221-242) In: M. Oris, C. Roberts, D. Joye & M. Ernst-Stähli (Eds.): Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course. Lausanne: NCCR LIVES.

Struffolino, E., Bernardi, L., & Voorpostel, M. (2016). Self-reported health among lone mothers: Do employment and education matter? Population, 71(2), 187-213. (Young Author Prize 2015).

Tillmann, R., Voorpostel, M., Kuhn, U., Lebert, F., Ryer, V.-A., Lipps, O. & Wernli, B. (2016). The Swiss Household Panel: Observing social change since 1999. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7(1), 64-78.


Voorpostel, M. & Coffé, H. (2015). The effect of parental separation on young adults’ political and civic participation. Social Indicators Research, 124(1), 295-316.


Voorpostel, M. (2014). Leisure time with a partner. In: A.C. Michalos (Ed.). Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, p.3530-3530.

Van der Lippe, T., Voorpostel, M., & Hewitt, B. (2014). Disagreements among cohabiting and married couples in 22 European countries. Demographic Research, 31, 247-274.


Voorpostel, M. (2013). Just like family: Fictive kin relationships in the Netherlands. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68(5), 816-824.


Voorpostel, M. (2012). The importance of discretionary and fictive kin relationships for older adults. In R. Blieszner & V. H. Bedford (Eds.). Handbook of Families and Aging 2nd Edition. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Panczak, R., Galobardes, B., Voorpostel, M., Spoerri, A., Zwahlen, M., & Egger, M. (2012). A Swiss neighbourhood index of socioeconomic position: Development and Association with Mortality. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(12), 1129-1136.

Voorpostel, M., Van der Lippe, T. & Flap, H. (2012). For better or worse: Negative life events and sibling relationships. International Sociology, 27(3), 329-346.

Voorpostel, M. & Van der Lippe, T. (2012). Sociaal kapitaal in partner relaties: sociale en politieke participatie. In : B. Völker (Ed.) Over gaten, bruggen en witte paters – Sociaal kapitaal in sociologisch onderzoek. Utrecht: ICS.

Voorpostel, M. & Coffé, H. (2012). Transitions in partnership and parental status, gender, and political and civic participation. European Sociological Review, 28(1), 28-42.

Tillmann, R. & Voorpostel, M. (2012). Persistent social inequalities: Introduction to the special issue. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 38(2), 145-151.


Voorpostel, M. & Schans, D. (2011). Sibling relationships in Dutch and immigrant families. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(12), 2027-2047.

Voorpostel, M. & Lipps, O. (2011) Attrition in the Swiss Household Panel: Is change associated with drop-out? Journal of Official Statistics, 27(2), 301-318.

Komter, A., Voorpostel, M. & Pels, T. (2011). Not accepted by the family: “Being difficult” or “being different”? Journal of Family Issues, 32(2), 237-263.


Coffé, H. & Voorpostel, M. (2010). Young people, parents and radical right voting: The case of the Swiss People’s Party. Electoral Studies, 29, 435-443.

Voorpostel, M. (2010). Attrition in the Swiss Household Panel by demographic characteristics and levels of social involvement. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 36(2), 359-377.

Voorpostel, M., Van der Lippe, T. & Gershuny, J. (2010). Spending time together: Changes over four decades in leisure time spent with a spouse. Journal of Leisure Research, 42(2), 243-265.

Voorpostel, M. & Schans, D. (2010). De relatie tussen volwassen broers en zussen in autochtone en allochtone families. Migrantenstudies, 26, 241-261.


Voorpostel, M., Van der Lippe, T. & Gershuny, J. (2009). Changes in leisure time with a partner: A transformation of intimacy? Social Indicators Research, 93(1), 165-169.

Poortman, A. R. & Voorpostel, M. (2009). Parental divorce and sibling relationships: A research note. Journal of Family Issues, 30, 74-91.

Komter, A. & Voorpostel, M. (2009). Niet geaccepteerd door de familie: Een kwestie van ‘moeilijk zijn’ of ‘anders zijn’? Mens & Maatschappij, 84, 46-71.


Voorpostel, M. & Blieszner, R. (2008). Intergenerational solidarity and support between adult siblings. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 157-167.


Voorpostel, M. & Van der Lippe, T. (2007). Support between siblings and friends: Two worlds apart? Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 1271-1282.

Voorpostel, M., Van der Lippe, T., Dystra, P.A. & Flap, H. (2007). Similar or different? The importance of similarities and differences for support between siblings. Journal of Family Issues, 28, 1026-1053.


Voorpostel, M. & Van der Lippe, T. (2001). Jongeren en cultuur. Een verklaring voor verschillen in deelname aan elitaire en populaire cultuur. Mens & Maatschappij, 76, 202-220.