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Velden, R van der

Rolf van der Velden (1955) is professor at Maastricht University, director of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) and program director Education and Occupational Career at the same institute. 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 (inter)national studies on the transition from school to work, among others the international REFLEX project (www.reflexproject.org) and the HEGESCO project (www.hegesco.org). Currently he is coordinator of the National Education Panelstudy (https://nationaalcohortonderzoek.nl/) of the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) and one of the coordinators in the PIAAC project (http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac). 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. Rolf van der Velden at IDEAS: https://ideas.repec.org/f/pva265.html 

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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

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

Work:

1976-1983: Student assistant at the University of Groningen

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

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

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

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

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

2015-present: Coordinator of the National Education Panelstudy for the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO)


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 (inter)national studies on the transition from school to work, among others the international REFLEX project (www.reflexproject.org) and the HEGESCO project (www.hegesco.org). Currently he is coordinator of the National Education Panelstudy (https://nationaalcohortonderzoek.nl/) of the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) and one of the coordinators in the PIAAC project (http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac).


Recent Publications

Recent international publications in refereed journals:

Recent books/book chapters for international publishers:


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

Research fellow at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) at Maastricht University.

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