Person

Dr.

Robert L. Hellpap

Research Associate

Methods of Empirical Social Research

Address

Institute of Sociology
Building: 1830
Room: 010
Eilfschornsteinstr. 7
​52062 Aachen

Contact

WorkPhone
Phone: +490241 80 96229
 

About me

Currently, I am a research associate at the Institute of Sociology for chair of methods of empirical social research, held by Prof. Thomas Grund. My research focus is on the intersection of social science research questions and quantitative methods, having a strong interest in statistical network models and multilevel analysis. While my expertise is strongest in topics relating to ethnic segregation of friendship networks in school classrooms, my greatest interest is working on exciting applications of statistical methods. Thus, I have been allowed to participate in research projects from a wide variety of topics such as criminology, socio-genomics, ethnic labor market discrimination, relational economics and others.

Since the beginning of my studies I have put a lot of emphasis on teaching basic and advanced statistical methods, and have gained a lot of experience as a tutor as well as a lecturer. Thus, I have developed my teaching to provide a useful toolbox by focusing on examples of application for statistical analysis of real world problems. Therefore, in addition to my teaching activities, I offer methodological consultation for empirical research projects for students and researchers. The idea is to provide guidance for any sort of student work (term papers, final theses (BA., MA., PhD)), scientific publications or research proposals.

 

Academic Positions

RWTH Aachen Uniersity, Germany
Chair for methods in social science research, Prof. Dr. Thomas Grund
Post-Doc

- Research in applied quantitative social network analysis

Teaching:
- Applied quantitative network analysis in R (B.A. – Level)
- Module research practical (M.A.-Level)

Since 01/2022

Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen, Germany
Chair for Institutional Economics & Transcultural Leadership, Prof. Josef Wieland
Post-Doc

- Involvement in research projects at LEIZ (Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin) on relational economics

Teaching:
- Introduction to social network analysis (B.A. – Level)
- Statistics (B.A – Level)​
Applied social network analysis in R (PhD – Level)

- Organization and administration of the chair

01/2022-04/2022

Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen, Germany
Methoden-Center for Economic-, Cultural- and Social Sciences
Project staff and teaching substitute

- Lecturer for Statistic and Applied statistics in R with up to 150 students per year
- Project management of the method workshop of the project Forschendes Lernen 2.0
- Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer
- Participation in expert committees

04/2019-12/2021

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
IT Faculty of Economics, Social Network Analysis Research (SONAR) Center
Research Fellow

- Analysis of knowledge transfer networks within a hospital for Prof. Alessandro Lomi

01/2018 – 10/2018

Institute for Futurestudies, Stockholm, Sweden
Research Fellow

- Statistical analysis of the “Children of immigrants longitudinal study (CILS4EU)” for Prof. Carina Mood

01/2017 – 07/2017

 

Educational Background

Nuffield College scholarship, Oxford University, UK
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
Thesis: The role of endogenous network effects for ethnic segregation in classrooms

10/2013 – 10/2019

Utrecht University , Netherlands
Master of Science: Sociology and Social Research
Thesis: Explaining ethnic inequalities in academic achievement with parental capital

09/2011 – 06/2013

Universität Bremen, Germany
Bachelor of Arts: Soziologie
Thesis: Der Effekt von Bildungsidealen auf die Wahrnehmung der Studienbedingungen.

10/2008 – 07/2011

 

Publications

Journal Articles

Thijssen L, van Tubergen F, Coenders M, Hellpap R, Jak S. Discrimination of Black and Muslim Minority Groups in Western Societies: Evidence From a Meta-Analysis of Field Experiments. International Migration Review. November 2021.

Tropf, F. C., Lee, S. H., Verweij, R. M., Stulp, G., van der Most, P. J., de Vlaming, R., Bakshi, A., Briley, D. A., Rahal, C., Hellpap, R., Iliadou, A. N., Esko, T., Metspalu, A., Medland, S. E., Martin, N. G., Barban, N., Snieder, H., Robinson, M. R., & Mills, M. C. (2017). Hidden heritability due to heterogeneity across seven populations. Nature human behaviour, 1(10), 757-765.