My name is Albert Sánchez-Gelabert, I have a PhD in sociology and I work as a researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. My research area focuses on the analysis of inequalities of educational opportunities from a life course perspective. Specifically, I am currently working on a project on the complex or de-standardized trajectories of students in the Higher Education System in Catalonia. The Transnational Access Visit program offered me a great opportunity to get in contact with new datasets and to deepen in new techniques of longitudinal data analysis.
During my two-week stay at the NIDI - Nederlands Interdisciplinair Demografisch InstituutI accessed different databases of the Generations & Gender Program. I basically became familiar with the dataset and conducted some preliminary comparative analyses. Before returning to Barcelona, I presented the progress made during my stay and received feedback and suggestions from the team members. The entire NIDI team was very welcoming and helpful. Special thanks go to Vytenis Deimantas, who helped me plan my stay and welcomed me upon my arrival!
Beyond the research tasks, I visited the city of The Hague and some interesting places such as Scheveningen beach, the West Dune Park and some fantastic museums. I also attended different activities of the Rotterdam Art Week! Overall, the TAV program is a great opportunity for researchers to gain access to new datasets, deepen longitudinal analysis and meet international researchers with similar research interests!