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Centre for Sociological Research

Parkstraat 45 bus 3601

Leuven, BE-3000


Nationality: Belgium


Membership Number :22091

Jan Van Bavel

Professor, University of Leuven

Field of study:

Specialization: Families and Households, Fertility, Historical Demography, Marriage, Divorce and Consensual Unions, Social Demography

Regional focus: Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Sociology, KU Leuven, 2001

Working languages:
  • - Dutch
  • - English
  • - French

Professional summary:


Jan Van Bavel (°1971) is full professor of demography and sociology of population at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). After heading the Interface Demography research unit of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) for six years, he joined the Centre for Sociological Research and the unit for Family and Population Studies of the University of Leuven in 2011. His research addresses long term trends in fertility, family formation, and union dissolution, from the nineteenth into the twenty-first century. In 2012, he obtained a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for a five year project to study the implications of the reversal of the gender gap in education for family dynamics.

Member since: 2005

Jappens, Maaike and Jan Van Bavel. 2016. Parental divorce, r'esidence arrangements and contact between grandchildren and grandparents, Journal of Marriage and Family 78(2): 451-467.
Grow, André and Jan Van Bavel. 2015. Assortative Mating and the Reversal of Gender Inequality in Education in Europe: An Agent-Based Model, PLoS ONE 10(6): 1-24.
Van Bavel, Jan and David Reher. 2013. The Baby Boom and its causes: what we know and what we need to know, Population and Development Review 39(2): 257-288.
Van Bavel, Jan. 2012. The reversal of gender inequality in education, union formation, and fertility in Europe, Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 10: 127-154.
Van Bavel, Jan. 2010. "Choice of study discipline and the postponement of motherhood in Europe: the impact of expected earnings, gender composition and family attitudes." Demography, 47 (2): 439-458.

Research grants:

European Research Council (ERC), Starting Grant