Jeroen Smits

Social researcher with a passion for database building

Positions

Professor of Economic and Human Development at Radboud University in The Netherlands.

Founder and prime researcher of the Global Data Lab.

Co-founder and president of SciRev.org.


Previous positions

2009-2019
Associate Professor Inequality and Development at the Department of Economics, Radboud University Nijmegen.

2004-2009
Senior researcher and PI of the VIDI-project "Micro and macro-level determinants of participation in education of children in developing countries", Department of Economics, Radboud University Nijmegen.

2002-2004
Senior researcher, Department of Economics, Radboud University Nijmegen.
Project: A comparative study of operating hours, working time and employment in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom (EUCOWE).
Research sponsored as part of the Key Action Research for Improving the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base (ISKB) of the European Union.

2000-2001
Senior researcher, Department for Health Services Research (CZO), Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Major tasks: Research on health inequality and accessibility problems in health care and the development of a risk model for the Dutch Health Inspection

1999-2000
Researcher, Scholar Department, Faculty of Economics and Econometrics (FEE), University of Amsterdam
Project: Public funding and private returns to education (PURE) in 15 European countries.
Research sponsored as part of the Targetted Socio-Economic Research (TSER) of the European Union.

1996-1998
Post-doc researcher, Urban Research Centre Utrecht (URU), Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University
Project: Spatial and social mobility in the household career.
Research sponsored by the Priority Programme of Population Studies of the Netherlands Organisation for the Advancement of Scientific Research (NWO)

1990-1995
Junior researcher, Department of Sociology, Radboud University Nijmegen
Project: Educational and occupational homogamy: Large-scale comparative research on the relationship between the educational levels and occupations of spouses.
Research sponsored by the Radboud University Nijmegen

Awards/grants

1999
Winner of the outstanding paper of 1998 award of the International Studies Special Interest Group (ISSIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), together with Wout Ultee and Jan Lammers, for our paper "Educational homogamy in 65 countries: An explanation of differences in openness using country-level explanatory variables." American Sociological Review, 63, 264-85, 1998.

2002
Research award of the Middle East Research Competion (MERC) of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), together with Ayse Gündüz-Hosgör, for our project "Effects of family background characteristics on the educational achievement of women in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, 1978-1998". Amount $10,000.

2003
VIDI grant of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (IRIS) of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project "Micro and macro-level determinants of participation in education of children in developing countries". Amount €600,000.

2008
Research grant of the MAGW Free Competition of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), together with Mieke Verloo, for our project "Breaking with fragmentation and mono-dimensionality: Understanding women's labour market participation in Muslim countries". Amount €192,000.

2008
Research grant of the programme "Population, reproductive health and economic development" (POPDEV) of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (WOTRO) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, in cooperation with the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar-es-Salaam, the Centre for International Development Issues (CIDIN) and the Department of Public Health of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMCN), for our research programme "Impact of reproductive health services on socio-economic development in sub-saharan Africa: Connecting evidence at macro, meso and micro-level".Amount €550,000.

2010
Grant of DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) for developing EDUCOEF, a sub-national knowledge system for diagnosing educational problems in Africa. Amount $10,000.

2011
PhD grant of Nijmegen School of Management for the project “Micro and macro-level determinants of conflict escalation in a globalizing world (with Willemijn Verkoren). Amount €165,000.

2014
Grant of DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) for the development of an interactive web interface for the Global Data Lab. Amount $10,000.

2015
Development Grant, Gapminder Foundation, to build the GDL Area Database. Amount €25,000.

2015
PhD position grant of Nijmegen School of Management for the project “Microenterprises, female empowerment and economic development in India (with Patrick Vermeulen & Marieke van den Brink). Amount €165,000.

2016
Visiting professorship grant of Nuffield college of University of Oxford.

2018
Grant of DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) for developing an interactive web interface for the Ethnic Group Database of the Global Data Lab. Amount €10,000.

2019
PhD position grant of Nijmegen School of Management for the project “Micro and macro-level determinants of population growth in sub-Saharan Africa (with Sandor Schrijner).

2019
Background study on subnational human development for 2019 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (with Inaki Permanyer). Amount $10,000.