Beate Volker







University of Amsterdam


Beate Volker conducts research into social networks within different settings such as neighbourhoods or labour organisations and she has held a chair in sociology at the University of Amsterdam since 2015. Her interest in social networks is driven by the sociological notion that individual preferences only partially explain the development of relationships, the composition of networks and of certain network structures. Volker developed a longitudinal research project into the social networks of residents in Dutch neighbourhoods, which has been ongoing for the past 15 years. Currently, she studies friendships among adults and changes in personal networks through time. Volker obtained her doctorate in 1995 from Utrecht University’s department of Sociology. Next, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher, a fellow at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), an associate professor, and as a full professor since 2007. Up until 2012, her chair was financed by the Van der Gaag Fund/KNAW with the aim of studying the sociological components of prosocial behaviour. Volker, who has held the chair in ‘Sociology of Social Capital’ since 2012, has been the recipient of various research grants, including a Veni and Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NOW) and a KNAW fellowship. Volker is a member of the European Academy of Sociology and sits on the editorial board of the academic journal Social Networks.