Dr Robert de Vries

Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology
Dr Robert de Vries


Dr Robert de Vries is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology in the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research and also part of Kent's Q-Step centre.

He received his PhD in Medical Sociology from Imperial College London in 2012 and subsequently pursued a post-doctoral sociology fellowship at the University of Oxford. 

Research interests

Dr de Vries' research primarily focuses on social stratification and inequality, with a particular emphasis on i) inequality of social status, and ii) welfare attitudes.

His main current research areas include: 

  • The place of social status in a multidimensional understanding of social stratification
  • The measurement, determinants, and consequences of occupational prestige
  • Social mobility
  • The social patterning of cultural consumption
  • Attitudes towards welfare benefit claimants in the UK and internationally

He has also previously conducted research into the effects of income inequality on health and personality and on the social determinants of health among older people.


Dr de Vries is a senior member of the Kent Q-Step Centre and primarily teaches quantitative methods at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also undertakes substantive teaching in the areas of inequality and social stratification.  


Dr de Vries is available to supervise PhD or Master's students wishing to research any of the topics listed in his research interests. In addition, he is able and willing to supervise projects involving 'research about research' (such as research on publication bias, the replication crisis, and questionable research practices). He can also supervise projects relating to the use of quantitative evidence in the media.



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