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This research collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, the Dutch Inspectorate of Education, and the City of Amsterdam aims to unravel the dynamics of school choice and resulting patterns of segregation and inequality in primary schools by assuming a multi-dimensional approach to segregation.

The issue of segregation in education has traditionally been examined from the individual level (e.g., parent surveys, choice analysis, etc.) as well as from macro-level statistics (e.g., changes in segregation level, region, city or national level). By using a novel complexity science approach, the research team will connect these two levels, to understand how seemingly innocuous changes in individual behaviour or societal context can lead to drastic changes in macro level dynamics.

The research consists of two parts: the first will examine patterns and trends of segregation that lie at the different intersections of class and ethnicity. In particular the project will look at differences within highly educated groups, and intersections of migration background, income and educational attainment. The second part will develop an agent-based model of school choice and school allocation, that will make it possible to study how potential disruptions (e.g. policy interventions, demographic scenarios) impact choice and resulting patterns of school segregation.

Partners in this project are the City of Amsterdam and the Inspectorate of Education.


Research Lead

Dr. M.H. (Mike) Lees

Faculty of Science

Informatics Institute

Dr W.R. (Willem) Boterman

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

GPIO : Urban Geographies

Research Group Members

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

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses