About the research institute

All research of the Institute of Child and Education Studies is centred in the Rommert Casimir Institute.

The Rommert Casimir Institute emphasizes the educa­tional study of normal and deviant developmental pathways as they vary across and within cultures and ethnic groups. In a culturally diverse environment, developmental psychopathology cannot be fruitfully studied without an explicit cultural perspective.

Main themes

  1. Child and Family
  2. Child and Educational Settings
  3. Child Welfare Services 


The Rommert Casimir Institute is embedded in the Leiden Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, and its principal aims consist of teaching and conducting research. The teaching components are included in the Research Master. Furthermore, extra courses for PhD candidates of the Rommert Casimir Institute are offered.


The research components are selected from the three research themes of the Institute of Education and Child Studies. The selection is based on several criteria:

  • The research projects should be conducted within the domains of family, school (and other institutional socialization settings), or peer groups as they shape normal or deviant development in transaction with the children’s neurobiological propensities (the perspective of developmental psychopathology).
  • Research should have direct or indirect relevance for uncovering the cultural dimension of development and learning, that is, they should either address one or more cross-cultural issues, or focus on comparisons of ethnic groups within a society, or facilitate such comparisons in future investigations (the cultural perspective).
  • Research in the Rommert Casimir Institute should support parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their efforts to improve the children’s opportunities to learn and develop in optimal ways (the applied educational perspective).


Contact details of the Rommert Casimir Institute, the research institute of the Institute of Child and Education Studies at Leiden University


Judi Mesman

Judi Mesman

Judi Mesman is professor of Parenting and Education in the Multicultural Society and director of the Rommert Casimir Institute at Leiden University.

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About Rommert Casimir

Rommert Casimir was the first professor of Educational Sciences in The Netherlands, appointed at a special chair at Leiden University in 1917. As a professor he saw it as his mission to entice and instruct others to study these processes and to improve children’s lives. Read more about Rommert Casimir

Last Modified: 05-09-2017