||My Biography in English
René Veenstra (1969), Ph.D., is a Full Professor, Department
of Sociology at the University of Groningen, and Director of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology
(ICS), the Netherlands. His work is focused on the theoretical and empirical elaboration of a social network approach to bullying and victimization and pro- and antisocial behavior.
Veenstra has been Principal Investigator of a personal NWO VICI grant (2015-2021), a fundamental research grant of NWO-PROO on Social networks processes and social development of children and adolescents (2013-2019), and
a grant by the Ministry of Education (Onderwijs Bewijs Actieprogramma II) to implement and evaluate the KiVa Antibullying Program in the Netherlands (2010-2015). His grant total is > 6M€ as PI (plus 3.5M€ as co-PI).
Of his PhD students, 18 successfully completed their dissertation and 14 are ongoing. His former PhD students have found academic positions and are at the forefront of their terrain, as is evident from the acceptance
of their papers in high-quality journals, grants for which they successfully applied (VENI, Marie Curie), and prizes they received (ISSBD Young Scientist Award, NSV Dissertation Prize, Praemium Erasmianum).
He has a strong track record in data collection. He was data manager (2000-2005) and is now a member of the management team of the longitudinal TRAILS project, in which a cohort of preadolescents (born around 1990)
has been followed into adulthood. He received three NWO Investment Medium grants for TRAILS. So far, six waves of TRAILS have been completed. Another large data collection that he led was the KiVa project, for which
online questionnaire were filled in by 10.000 children in 400 classes in 100 schools. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence for the period 2010-2016. He was a visiting professor at the Department of Psychology
at the University of Turku, Finland (2007-2012). In 2019, he was elected as member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), established in 1752. He is a regular speaker at science communication events, including talks about bullying at the Children’s University.