Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


I am a lecturer in quantitative sociology in the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research. I am also part of the Kent Q-Step centre.

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

Contact Information


Room CNE 109
Cornwallis North East
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Reeves, A. and de Vries, R. (2018). Can cultural consumption increase future earnings? Exploring the economic returns to cultural capital. British Journal of Sociology [Online]. Available at:
Pettinicchio, D. and de Vries, R. (2017). Immigrant Political Participation in Europe: Comparing Different Forms of Political Action Across Groups. Comparative Sociology [Online] 16:523-554. Available at:
Jerrim, J. and de Vries, R. (2017). The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy. Evidence and Policy [Online] 13:117-133. Available at:
Reeves, A. and de Vries, R. (2016). The social gradient in cultural consumption and the information-processing hypothesis. The Sociological Review [Online] 64:550-574. Available at:
Reeves, A. and de Vries, R. (2016). Does media coverage influence public attitudes towards welfare recipients? The impact of the 2011 English riots. British Journal of Sociology [Online] 67:281-306. Available at:
de Vries, R., Blane, D. and Netuveli, G. (2014). Long-term exposure to income inequality: implications for physical functioning at older ages. European Journal of Ageing [Online] 11:19-29. Available at:
Webb, E., Blane, D. and de Vries, R. (2013). Housing and respiratory health at older ages. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health [Online] 67:280-285. Available at:
de Vries, R. and Blane, D. (2013). Fuel poverty and the health of older people: the role of local climate. Journal of Public Health [Online] 35:361-366. Available at:
de Vries, R., Gosling, S. and Potter, J. (2011). Income inequality and personality: Are less equal U.S. states less agreeable? Social Science and Medicine [Online] 72:1978-1985. Available at:
Book section
de Vries, R. (2017). Negative Attitudes towards Welfare Claimants: The Importance of Unconscious Bias. in: van Oorschot, W. et al. eds. The Social Legitimacy of Targeted Welfare: Attitudes to Welfare Deservingness. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. Available at:
de Vries, R. (2015). An evaluation of the nature and effects of negative implicit attitudes towards welfare benefit claimants in the UK. CESS working paper series. Available at:
Research report (external)
Baumberg Geiger, B., Reeves, A. and de Vries, R. (2017). Tax avoidance and benefit manipulation: Views on its morality and prevalence. [Online]. NatCen. Available at:
de Vries, R. (2014). Earning by Degrees: Differences in the career outcomes of UK graduates. [Online]. The Sutton Trust. Available at:
Hutchings, M., Francis, B. and de Vries, R. (2014). Chain Effects: The impact of academy chains on low income students. [Online]. The Sutton Trust. Available at:
de Vries, R. (2014). Analysis of trends in higher education applications, admissions, and enrolments. [Online]. The Independent Commission on Fees. Available at:
de Vries, R. (2014). Internship or Indenture? An examination of unpaid internships. [Online]. The Sutton Trust. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 16 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

I have a wide variety of research interests, including social stratification and social comparisons, cultural consumption, health inequalities, and social attitudes and stereotypes (particularly as regards welfare benefit claimants).

My main current research areas include:

  • the social patterning of cultural consumption;
  • attitudes towards welfare benefit claimants in the UK;
  • the impact of social comparisons on wellbeing.

Past research
I have previously conducted research into the effects of income inequality on health and personality, and on the social determinants of health among older people.

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As part of the Q-step centre, my main area of teaching is in quantitative methods. I also teach the innovative new Q-step module ‘Critical Thinking’. back to top



Benefit claimants: stereotypes and implicit attitutes
A Think Kent video 2016


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Last Updated: 16/11/2016