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PhD Student

Elena Damian

About Elena Damian

Elena Damian was a PhD candidate at the University of Cologne, Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, SOCLIFE Research Training Group (Germany). She holds a B.A. and an M.A in Sociology from University of Bucharest (Romania) and a M.Sc in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Tilburg University (Netherlands).


Topic of dissertation project:
Explaining variation in volunteering by looking at the individual and country-level economic and cultural determinants.  Prof. Dr. Elmar Schlüter & Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank
Research Interest
Volunteering, civil society, nonprofit sector, social inequality, race and ethnicity, social media usage, cross-cultural research, survey methodology, psychometrics.
  • Damian, E., & Van Ingen, E. (2014). Social Network Site Usage and Personal Relations of Migrants. Societies, 4, 640-653. (Open access: http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/4/4/640)
Work in progress
  • Damian, E.M. & Schlüter, E. A closer look at the relation between religiosity, education and formal volunteering. A cross-regional analysis using Swiss data.
  • Damian, E.M. Understanding volunteering variation in Europe: A multilevel approach to cultural and economic factors.
  • Voicu, M. & Damian, E.M. The effects of host countries' religious culture on membership in voluntary organizations among immigrants.