Velden, R van der

Rolf van der Velden (1955) is professor at Maastricht University and program director Education and Transition to Work of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). He is research fellow at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) at Maastricht University and fellow of the Amsterdam Centre for Learning Analytics (ACLA). He supervised several international studies on the transition from school to work, among others the international REFLEX project on higher education graduates, the employer perspective survey on the selection process for higher education jobs and he was one of the coordinators in the first cycle of the PIAAC project (http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac). Currently he is coordinator of the Netherlands Cohort Study on Education (https://nationaalcohortonderzoek.nl/) of the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO). He is member of several research associations in the field of social stratification, education and labour market. In 1983 he finished his study sociology at the University of Gronin­gen. From 1983 till 1990 he worked at the Institute for Educational Research in Gronin­gen, where he held the position of Head of the Division of Labour Market Research. In 1991 he finis­hed his Ph.D. thesis on 'Social Background and School-success'. He has published on many stu­dies in the field of education, training and labour market. Current research focuses on education and skills development, transition from education to work, knowledge economy and the demand for 21st century skills, skills mismatches and the acquisition and decline of skills over the life course.

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Expertise

Current research focuses on education and skills development, transition from education to work, knowledge economy and the demand for 21st century skills, skills mismatches and the acquisition and decline of skills over the life course.


Career History

Degrees:

Ph. D. Sociology (doctoraat), University of Amsterdam, 1991

Thesis: Sociale herkomst en schoolsucces (Social Background and School-success), Supervisors: prof. dr. G.W. Meijnen and prof. dr. B.P.M. Creemers, co-supervisor: dr. A. Boomsma

 

Masters Sociology (doctoraal), specialisation: sociology of education, University of Groningen, 1983

Thesis: Het leerlingwezen, een onderwijsinstelling of een arbeidsmarktinstrument? (The dual system: education or labour market instrument?)

 

Work experience:

2015-present: Coordinator of the Netherlands Cohort Study on Education (NCO) for the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO)

2005-present: Full Professor Education and Occupational Career at the Maastricht University

1990-present: Program director Education and Transition to Work at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht University

2013-2020: Director at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht University

1986-1990: Head of the Division of Labour Market Research at the Institute for Educational Research (GION) at the University of Groningen

1983-1986: Researcher at the Institute for Educational Research (GION) at the University of Groningen

1976-1983: Student assistant at the University of Groningen


Research Profile

He is member of several research associations in the field of social stratification, education and labour market. He has published on many stu­dies in the field of education, training and labour market. Current research focuses on education and skills development, transition from education to work, knowledge economy and the demand for 21st century skills, skills mismatches and the acquisition and decline of skills over the life course.


Research Projects

He supervised several international studies on the transition from school to work, among others the international REFLEX project on higher education graduates, the employer perspective survey on the selection process for higher education jobs and he was one of the coordinators in the first cycle of the PIAAC project (http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac). Currently he is coordinator of the Netherlands Cohort Study on Education (https://nationaalcohortonderzoek.nl/) of the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO).


Publications


Teaching

Lecturer of the course “Theories of Social order” at the Universty College Maastricht.

Co-developer of the Creative Problem Solving training ate SBE and other faculties.


Other activities

He is research fellow at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) at Maastricht University and fellow of the Amsterdam Centre for Learning Analytics (ACLA).

Fellow of the Amsterdam Centre for Learning Analytics (ACLA).


Additional roles & tasks

Rolf van der Velden is professor at Maastricht University and program director Education and Transition to Work of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).