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Child Development and Education

Below a snapshot of some of our researchers with expertise in the fields of child development and education.

For specific questions or to get in touch with a researcher not listed on this page, please call the UvA Press Office on +31 (0)20 525 2695 or send an email to

Frank Cornelissen
Credits: Simone de Blouw

Dr Frank Cornelissen

Frank Cornelissen conducts research on educational innovation, network learning, teacher professionalisation and adult learning.

T: +31 (0)20 525 1201

Dr. L.J.F. (Frank) Cornelissen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Educational Sciences

Dhr. prof. dr. Fukkink
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Ruben Fukkink

Ruben Fukkink is professor by special appointment of Childcare and Education Services for Young Children. His areas of expertise are childcare (various types of daycare centres for children of different ages), the quality of the teaching children receive at their childcare institutions and the training undergone by teaching staff. In addition, he has expertise in the field of education and child-rearing in a big-city context ('urban education').

T: +31 (0)20 525 1351

Prof. dr. R.G. (Ruben) Fukkink

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Preventive Youth Care

Dhr. prof. dr. (Peter) de Jong
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Peter de Jong

Peter de Jong is professor of Educational Science. His areas of expertise are dyslexia, the development of basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as attendant educational problems.  

T: +31 (0)20 525 1514

Prof. dr. P.F. (Peter) de Jong

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Developmental Disorders and Special Education

Guuske Ledoux, Kohnstamm Instituut
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Guuske Ledoux

Guuske Ledoux is scientific director of the Kohnstamm Institute. Her areas of expertise include primary and secondary education, disadvantaged groups within education, education policy, quality and reform, tailored education and civic education.

T: +31 (0)20 525 1386 / 1201

Bowen Paulle
Credits: Bram Belloni

Dr Bo Paulle

Bo Paulle conducts research on education, assimilation and disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

T: +31 (0)20 525 2435

Dr. B. (Bo) Paulle

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Cultural Sociology

Monique Volman, professor
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Monique Volman

Monique Volman is professor of Education. Her areas of expertise are the use of innovative technologies in education (e.g. ICT), meaningful learning for diverse groups of pupils, and the creation of social engagement.

T: +31 (0)20 525 1526

Prof. dr. M.L.L. (Monique) Volman

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Department of Child Development and Education

H.G. van de Werfhorst

Prof. Herman van de Werfhorst

Herman van de Werfhorst is professor of Sociology. His areas of expertise are inequality in education and job market outcomes.

T: +31 (0)20 525 7376 / +316 291 00273

Prof. dr. H.G. (Herman) van de Werfhorst

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses

Prof Geertjan Overbeek
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Geertjan Overbeek

Geertjan Overbeek is professor of Child Development. For over 15 years he has been carrying out research on how parenting influences the behavior and socio-emotional development of children and adolescents. In addition, his expertise concerns how relationships with peers form the development of, for example, criminal, but also pro-social behavior of young people.


Prof. dr. G.J. (Geertjan) Overbeek

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Preventive Youth Care