Rense Nieuwenhuis is a PhD. candidate at the institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS, University of Twente). In his thesis, he seeks to explain increased women’s employment rates in OECD countries, from 1970 onwards. The key innovation in his thesis is to combine demographic and institutional explanations of women’s employment. This will result in more accurate estimates of the effects of changing institutional contexts. More importantly, however, it will also contribute to a more detailed understanding on the degree to which women with different demographic backgrounds differ in the degree to which they benefit from these institutional developments.
His other main research interests include the detecting of influential data in multilevel models, and polarization of (abortion) attitudes. Regarding influential data, he released the ‘influence.ME’ software package for R, which provides tools for detecting influential data in mixed effects models. This software is used actively by several scholars, and publicly available from within the R-Project software.
Rense studied sociology at the Radboud University (BSc.), and graduated from the research master Social and Cultural Sciences in 2009 (MSc.). He graduated on a Master’s Thesis titled ‘North Americans’ Abortion Attitudes: A Multilevel Theory of Polarization in Public Opinion’. In this thesis, he developed an explanatory theoretical model on public opinion, and suggested a statistical approach for testing hypotheses derived from that model.
Rense Nieuwenhuis contributes to teaching several courses in both the Public Adinistration and Business Administration programs at the BSc. Level. He is involved in the courses:
- Maatschappelijke Organisatie (Societal Organization)
- Organisatie, Beleid en Regels (Organization, Policy, and Rules)
- Service Management
In addition, he supervises a limited number of master and bachelor thesis, as well as trainees. He welcomes additional students to write their thesis on a subject related to women’s employment.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., Munzi, T., & Gornick, J. (2013). Netting Down Gross Earnings Data in the LIS Database: An Evaluation of Two Procedures. LIS Technical Paper Series, (#6), 46.
- Levels, M., Need, A., Nieuwenhuis, R., Sluiter, R., & Ultee, W. (2012). Unintended Pregnancy and Induced Abortion in the Netherlands 1954-2002. European Sociological Review, 28(3), 301–318. doi:10.1093/esr/jcq065
- Nieuwenhuis, R., Te Grotenhuis, M., & Pelzer, B. (2012). Influence.ME: tools for detecting influential data in mixed effects models. R Journal, 4(2), 38–47.
- Rense Nieuwenhuis, Ariana Need, Henk van der Kolk (2012), Institutional and Demographic Explanations of Women's Employment in 18 OECD Countries, 1975–1999, in Journal of Marriage and Family. Volume 74, Issue 3, pages 614–630, June 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00965.x
- Nieuwenhuis, R. (2008). Read.isi: Access old data saved in fixed-width format based on ISI-formatted codebooks. Radboud University. Nijmegen, The Netherlands. http://www.rensenieuwenhuis.nl/r-project/read- isi/ .
- Nieuwenhuis, R., B. Pelzer, and M. te Grotenhuis (2011). influence.ME: Tools for detecting influential data in mixed effects models. R package version 0.8. http://CRAN.R-project.org/package=influence.ME .
- Nieuwenhuis, R., A. Need, and H. v. Kolk (2011). Institutional and Demographic Explanations of Women’s Employment in 14 OECD Countries, 1975-1999. In: AMCIS. Amsterdam.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., A. Need, and H. v. Kolk (2010). The (in)compatibility of women’s fertility and employ- ment in 22 OECD countries, 1970-2000. In: QMSS2 Summer School on advanced methods in life course re- search. Centre for Multilevel Modeling, Bristol.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., A. Need, and H. v. Kolk (2010). Do children keep their mother from working? Where, When and Why? In: Ph.D. Day 2010. Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS), University of Twente.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., A. Need, and H. v. Kolk (2010). Do children keep their mother from working? (Poster). In: Ph.D Day 2010. Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS), University of Twente.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., A. Need, and M. t. Grotenhuis (2010). Explaining Polarization of North Americans’ Abor- tion Attitudes, 1977-2006. In: Day of Sociology. University of Groningen.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., M. t. Grotenhuis, and A. Need (2010). The impact of legal, economic, and social change on timing of First childbirth in the Netherlands. Estimates of Age, Period, and Cohort Effects using Census Data. In: Workshop Multi-state Demographic Estimates and Projections of Culture and Religiosity in Europe. IIASA, Laxenbourg, Austria.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., A. Need, and M. t. Grotenhuis (2009). Explaining Polarization of North Americans’ Aboriton Attitudes, 1977-2006. In: Innovation of Governance lunch meetings. Institute for Innovation and Governance (IGS), University of Twente.
- Nieuwenhuis, R., M. t. Grotenhuis, and B. Pelzer (2009). Influence.ME: tools for detecting influential data in mixed models. In: useR! 2009. Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes Centre for Higher Education, Research in Agronomy, and food industry, France.
- Nieuwenhuis, R. (2008). Unvertainty as a Guiding Principle in Methodological Pluralism. In: ECPR Joint Sessions. ECPR, Rennes, France.
- Nieuwenhuis, R. (2008). Accessing World Fertility Survey-data using Read.ISI. In: useR! 2008. Fakultät Statistik, Technische Universität Dortmund , Germany.
- Nieuwenhuis, R. (2007). Using R for Social Science Research. In: Kunstat. Radboud University.