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Nitzan Peri-Rotem

Nitzan Peri-Rotem is Philomathia Research Associate at the Department of Sociology and Postdoctoral Research Affiliate at Darwin College. Her research interests lie in the field of social demography with a focus on social and cultural determinants of fertility patterns in post-industrialized countries. Before joining the department in 2014, she completed a DPhil in Sociology at the University of Oxford on the role of religion in shaping women’s family and employment patterns in Western Europe. In Cambridge, she collaborates with Professor Jacqueline Scott and Professor Sarah Franklin on various projects, including the effects of partners’ relative resources on fertility and union stability, the changing role of education as a determinant of reproductive behaviour and demographic implications of assisted reproductive technologies.


Peri-Rotem, N. (2016). Religion and Fertility in Western Europe: Trends across Cohorts in Britain, France and the Netherlands. European Journal of Population. DOI 10.1007/s10680-015-9371-z.

Peri-Rotem, N. (2012). Statistics of Identity: Representation of Minority Groups in the Population Census. St Antony’s International Review, 8(1), 106-117.

Phren, S. and Peri, N. (2010). Prospective Immigration to Israel through 2030: Methodological Issues and Challenges. Proceedings of the Work Session on Demographic Projections, Lisbon, April 2010. Eurostat Methodologies and Working Papers, 269-278.

Selected conference papers

Education and the Transition to Parenthood among Partnered and Single Women in Britain. International Conference on Education and reproduction in low-fertility settings (EDUREP), Vienna Institute of Demography. Vienna, Austria. 2-4 December 2015.

Couples’ Education, Fertility and Union Stability in Britain: Implications of the Changing Educational Gender Gap. Annual Conference of the European Sociological Association, Prague, Czech Republic. 25-28 August 2015.

Family-Work Practices and Attitudes among Religious Groups in the United Kingdom. British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, University of Swansea, United Kingdom, 9-11 September, 2013.

Is There Evidence of Fertility Convergence among Religious Groups in Western Europe? Population Association of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-13 April, 2013.

The Role of Religion in Shaping Fertility Behaviour in Western Europe. Invited talk for the Fertility, Reproduction and Family Working Group, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 31 December, 2012.

Religious Differences in Family-Work Practices in Europe. European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), University College Dublin, Ireland, 14-17 December, 2011.

Religiosity, Education and Fertility in Europe: A Cross-National Comparison. 1st Generations and Gender Programme user conference, Budapest, Hungary, 23-24 May, 2011.

  • Position: Research Associate
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  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Research interests: Social demography, fertility, gender inequality, family-work balance, life course analysis, population projections, religion and ethnic identity.
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