On January 10, 2014, Rense Nieuwenhuis successfully defended his thesis at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He was awarded 'Cum Laude'. His thesis is titled "Family Policy Outcomes: combining institutional and demographic explanations of women's employment and earnings inequality in OECD countries, 1975-2005". Currently, Nieuwenhuis is a postdoctoral scholar / forskare at SOFI.