Dr. Mirjam Fischer


Special Issue Measuring LGBT Populations out now!

I am excited to see one of my favorite projects I have been working on with my co-editors Stephanie Steinmetz and Nancy Bates released before the holidays!

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“The Journal of Official Statistics is pleased to announce the publication of a Special Issue devoted to the measurement of sexual and gender minorities. The eight articles contained in the issue touch upon sampling and identification of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations as well as the measurement and methods used to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Find the full issue here:

Interview Radio Swammerdam

Talking about my dissertation research, objectivity in science and the beauty of The Scientific Process with Thomas Batelaan, aired March 3, 2019.

NRC newspaper article: “De beste vriend van een homo is vaak een vrouw”

Find my research featured in the Dutch newspaper NRC:

“Vrouwen hebben het liefst een gay best friend en wie lesbisch, homo- of biseksueel (lhb) is, heeft vaak een slechte band met familie. Klopt dat? Grotendeels, blijkt uit een onderzoek van sociologe Mirjam Fischer naar de sociale kring van lhb’s, waar zij vrijdag aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam op promoveert.”

Full article here.

Folia newspaper article “Hoe groter de tolerantie, des te meer welzijn homo’s ervaren”

Find my work featured in the newspaper of the University of Amsterdam:

“Hoe groter de tolerantie, des te meer welzijn homo’s ervaren”

“Komen mensen in Europa in een relatie met iemand van hetzelfde geslacht dezelfde structurele barrières tegen als mensen in een heteroseksuele relatie? Die vraag staat centraal in het promotieonderzoek van socioloog Mirjam Fischer. ‘In België en Noorwegen ervaren homo’s meer welzijn dan hetero’s.”

Full article here.

PhD dissertation: Free to Live their Lives as they Wish?

Free to Live their Lives as they Wish? 
The Social Well-Being Gap between Persons in Same-Sex and Mixed-Sex Relationships in Europe

This dissertation is a survey-based comparative study into the social well-being of persons in same-sex and mixed-sex relationships. I conducted four empirical studies: two country comparisons within Europe and two within the Netherlands. My findings show that there is a gap in well-being among sexual minorities relative to heterosexuals, not only in the well-documented pathological sense but also in a social sense. In some cases, I established a direct link with the attitudes held in society and the presence of laws that are supportive of sexual minorities. In other cases, persisting structural differences between persons in same-sex and mixed-sex relationships emerged that need further investigation. The use of survey data to study sexual minorities and heterosexuals jointly is notoriously challenging. A substantial part of the dissertation is therefore dedicated to the evaluation of potential threats to data quality, possible solutions and recommendations for best practices.

Download a digital version here.

ISBN 9789492679727

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