My research interests lie in the field of social demography. In particular, I have been studying the social and cultural factors that influence fertility patterns in post-industrialized countries. In my doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford, I explored the role of religion in shaping women’s family and employment patterns in Western Europe. This research emphasizes the importance of cultural norms in relation to demographic trends and demonstrates how similar economic conditions may lead to diverse fertility behaviours, depending on the cultural context. Before arriving to the UK, I have earned a Master’s degree in Demography and Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked at the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, specializing in population projections. In 2014 I was appointed Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Sociology in Cambridge, where I am currently working with Prof Jacqueline Scott and Prof Sarah Franklin on the research project “(In)fertility, Education and Reproductive Health”. In this project, we address some of the major challenges involving recent fertility trends in the UK and Europe, focusing on the role of education and welfare policy in determining childbearing intentions and outcomes. My other research interests include gender inequality, family-work practices, life course analysis, and quantitative research methods.


Social demography, gender inequality, family-work practices, life course analysis, and quantitative research methods.

Key publications: 

Peri-Rotem, N. (2016). ‘Religion and Fertility in Western Europe: Trends across Cohorts in Britain, France and the Netherlands’. European Journal of Population. DOI 10.1007/s10680-015-9371-z.

Peri-Rotem, N. (2012). ‘Statistics of Identity: Representation of Minority Groups in the Population Census’. St Antony’s International Review, 8 (1), 106-117.

Phren, S. and Peri, N. (2010). ‘Prospective Immigration to Israel through 2030: Methodological Issues and Challenges’. Proceedings of the Work Session on Demographic Projections, Lisbon, April 2010. Eurostat Methodologies and Working Papers, 269-278.

Other publications:

Conference papers:

‘Education and the Transition to Parenthood among Partnered and Single Women in Britain’. International Conference on Education and reproduction in low-fertility settings (EDUREP), Vienna Institute of Demography. Vienna, Austria. 2-4 December 2015.

‘Couples’ Education, Fertility and Union Stability in Britain: Implications of the Changing Educational Gender Gap’. Annual Conference of the European Sociological Association, Prague, Czech Republic. 25-28 August 2015.

‘Couples’ Education, Fertility and Union Stability in the United Kingdom’. Annual International Conference on Demography and Population Studies, Athens, Greece. 15-18 June 2015.

‘Family-Work Practices and Attitudes among Religious Groups in the United Kingdom’. British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, University of Swansea, United Kingdom, 9-11 September, 2013.

‘Is There Evidence of Fertility Convergence among Religious Groups in Western Europe?’ Population Association of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-13 April, 2013.

‘The Role of Religion in Shaping Fertility Behaviour in Western Europe’. Invited talk for the Fertility, Reproduction and Family Working Group, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 31 December, 2012.

‘Structural and Cultural Determinants of Family Size and Entry into Motherhood in France and the United Kingdom’. ECSR, EQUALSOC & University of Trento Summer School “Inequality and the Life Course”. Trento, Italy, 3-7 September, 2012.

‘Religion, Family Behaviour and Women’s Work: The Cases of France and the Netherlands’. The British Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Meeting, University of Chester, United Kingdom, 28-30 March, 2012.

‘Religious Differences in Family-Work Practices in Europe’. European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), University College Dublin, Ireland, 14-17 December, 2011.

‘Religiosity, Education and Fertility in Europe: A Cross-National Comparison’. 1st Generations and Gender Programme user conference, Budapest, Hungary, 23-24 May, 2011.

‘Fertility Trends by Educational Level: The Case of Jewish Women in Israel 1972-1994’. British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 9-11 September, 2009.

Other publications:

Peri-Rotem, N. (2016). ‘Fending Off the Stork: Why Do Some People Delay Childbearing Until it is (Almost) Too Late?’ Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) Blog (29 January 2016).

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