Velden, R.K.W. 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.

Twitter: @R_vander_Velden (https://twitter.com/R_vander_Velden)

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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).


Recent Publications

Recent international publications in refereed journals:

Broekhoven, K. van, B. Belfi, I. Hocking, R. van der Velden (2020), Fostering University Students’ Idea Generation and Idea Evaluation Skills With a Cognitive-Based Creativity Training. Creativity. Theories–Research-Applications, 7(2), 284-308.

(Fostering University Students’ Idea Generation and Idea Evaluation Skills With a Cognitive-Based Creativity Training in: Creativity. Theories – Research - Applications Volume 7 Issue 2 (2020) (sciendo.com))

 

Jacobs, M., T. Huijts, K. van Broekhoven, S. Straetmans, R. van der Velden (2020), Effects of Participation in Excellence Programmes on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills among Higher Education Students in the Netherlands, accepted for publication in European Journal of Higher Education

(https://doi.org/10.1080/21568235.2020.1850315)

 

Haelermans, C., T. Huijgen, M. Jacobs, M. Levels, R. van der Velden, L. van Vugt and S. van Wetten (2020), Using Data to Advance Educational Research, Policy and Practice: Design, Content and Research Potential of the Netherlands Cohort Study on Education, European Sociological Review 36 (4): 643–662

(https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcaa027) or (https://academic.oup.com/esr/article/36/4/643/5871552?guestAccessKey=beb34fb7-3e49-476e-9f7b-9ae9a0b03a9a)

 

Bijlsma, I., J. van de Brakel, R. van der Velden, J. Allen (2020), Estimating literacy levels at a detailed regional level: an application using Dutch data. Journal of Official Statistics, 36, (2): 251–274, (https://doi.org/10.2478/jos-2020-0014)  

 

Cornelisz, I., R. van der Velden, I. de Wolf, C. van Klaveren (2020), The Consequences of Academic Dismissal for Academic Success, Studies in Higher Education 45 (11): 2175-2189 | Published online: 30 Mar 2019

(https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1596076)

 

Fregin, M-C, M. Levels, R. van der Velden (2020), Labour market institutions and the challenge of allocating the right people to the right jobs: Evidence on the relation between labour market institutions and optimal skill matching from 28 industrial countries, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 50, 2: 257-275 | Published online: 06 Dec 2019

(https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2019.1695197)

 

Velden, R. van der, I. Bijlsma (2019), Effective skill: a new theoretical perspective on the relation between skills, skill use, mismatches and wages, Oxford Economic Papers, 71, 1, 145-165,

(https://academic.oup.com/oep/article/71/1/145/5046026

 

Ferreira Sequeda, M., A. de Grip, R. van der Velden (2018), Does on-the-job informal learning in OECD countries differ by contract duration? Labour Economics, 55, 18-40

(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0927537118300903)

 

Humburg, M., A. de Grip, R. van der Velden (2017), Which Skills Protect Graduates Against a Slack Labour Market?, International Labour Review, Vol. 156, 1, pp. 25-43, DOI: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2015.00046.x

(http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1564-913X.2015.00046.x/epdf)

 

Verhaest, D., S. Sellami, R. van der Velden (2017), Differences in horizontal and vertical mismatches across countries and fields of study, International Labour Review, Vol. 156, 1, pp. 1-23. DOI: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2015.00031.x

(http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1564-913X.2015.00031.x/epdf)

 

Velden, R. van der, I. Bijlsma (2016), College wage premiums and skills: a cross-country analysis, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 32 (4): 497-513, doi: 10.1093/oxrep/grw027

(https://academic.oup.com/oxrep/article/32/4/497/2236422/College-wage-premiums-and-skills-a-crosscountry?guestAccessKey=46cb63ad-e05a-4f97-b6df-f6e0f2f79bb1

 

Humburg, M., R. van der Velden (2015), Skills and the Graduate Recruitment Process: Evidence from two discrete choice experiments, Economics of Education Review, 49, 24-41. DOI:  10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.07.001 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272775715000849)

 

Humburg, M., R. van der Velden (2015), Self-assessments or tests? Comparing cross-national differences in patterns and outcomes of graduates’ skills based on international large-scale surveys, Studies in Higher Education, 40, 3, pp. 482-504

(http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2015.1004237)

 

Levels, M., R. van der Velden, J. Allen (2014), Educational mismatches and skills: New empirical tests of old hypotheses, Oxford Economic Papers, 66 (4), pp. 959-982. DOI:10.1093/oep/gpu024.

http://oep.oxfordjournals.org/content/66/4/959.full.pdf+html)

 

Levels, M., R. van der Velden, V. Di Stasio (2014), From school to fitting work: How education-to-job matching of European school leavers is related to educational system characteristics, Acta Sociologica, 57 (4), pp. 341-361, DOI: 10.1177/0001699314552807

(http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0001699314552807 )

 

Verhaest, D., R. van der Velden (2013), Cross-Country Differences in Graduate Overeducation, European Sociological Review, 29, 642-653. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcs044

(http://esr.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/3/642.abstract.html?etoc)

 

Dronkers, J., R. van der Velden, A. Dunne (2012), Why are Migrant Students Better off in Certain Types of Educational Systems or Schools than in Others? European Educational Research Journal, 11, 1, 11-44.

(http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.2304/eerj.2012.11.1.11)

 

Velden, R. van der, E. Smyth (eds.) (2011), Introduction to Special Issue: Transitions into and out of Higher education, Irish Educational Studies, 30, 2, 135-139.

(http:// www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03323315.2011.569133)

 

Traag, T., R. van der Velden (2011), Early school-leaving in the Netherlands: The role of family resources, school composition and background characteristics in early school-leaving in lower secondary education, Irish Educational Studies, 30,1, 45-62. DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2011.535975

(http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03323315.2011.535975)

 

Recent books/book chapters for international publishers:

Velden, R. van der, D. Verhaest (2017), Are skill deficits always bad? Towards a learning perspective on skill mismatches, In: S. Polachek, K. Pouliakas, G. Russo and K. Tatsiramos (eds.), Skill Mismatch in Labor Markets, Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 45, Emerald Publishing Ltd., pp. 305-343.

(http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/S0147-912120170000045009)

 

Humburg, M., R. van der Velden (2017), What is expected of higher education graduates in the 21st century? In: C. Warhurst, K. Mayhew, D. Finegold and J. Buchanan (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training, Oxford University Press: Oxford Handbooks, pp. 201-220.

 

Allen, J., R. van der Velden (2014), Contextual Indicators in Adult Literacy Studies: the Case of PIAAC, In: L. Rutkowski, M. Von Davier and D. Rukowski (eds.), Handbook of International Large-Scale Assessment: Background, Technical Issues, and Methods of Data Analysis, Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor, Francis Group, pp. 345 – 360.

(https://www.crcpress.com/Handbook-of-International-Large-Scale-Assessment-Background-Technical/Rutkowski-von-Davier-Rutkowski/p/book/9781439895122) or (https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/admin/files/1572357/guid-9f7fee72-7449-4273-8a40-b1aff8992fe9-ASSET1.0)

 

Humburg, M., R. van der Velden (2014), A Note on Skill Formation in Higher Education, In: A. Glass (ed.), The State of Higher Education 2013, The OECD Higher Education Programme (IMHE), Paris: OECD Publishing, pp. 87-94.

(https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275343153_A_Note_on_Skill_Formation_in_Higher_Education or https://www.oecd.org/edu/imhe/thestateofhighereducation2013.htm

 

Traag, T., O. Marie, R. van der Velden (2014), The Relationship between School Performance , Delinquency and Early School Leaving, In: F. Weerman, V, van der Geest, C. Bijleveld (eds.), Criminal Behaviour from School to the Workplace: Untangling the Complex Relations Between Employment, Education and Crime, Routledge, pp. 44 – 61.

(https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/admin/files/599260/guid-156d74e4-2c98-4309-ab86-94ebac9e8792-ASSET1.0)

 

Velden, R. van der, C. Büchner, T. Traag (2014), The Dutch School system, In: F. Weerman, V, van der Geest, C. Bijleveld (eds.), Criminal Behaviour from School to the Workplace: Untangling the Complex Relations Between Employment, Education and Crime, Routledge, pp. 179 – 183.

(https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/admin/files/780319/guid-0135ea81-1b10-4c72-bcde-b03a6a858eda-ASSET1.00)

 

Allen, J., R. van der Velden (2013), Skills for the 21st Century: Implications for Dutch Education, In: L.R. Smith (ed.), Higher Education: Recent Trends, Emerging Issues and Future Outlook, New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 1-40.

(https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/portal/files/542332/guid-08087fc5-9913-4800-a237-2d4caa93a379-ASSET1.0.pdf)

This article was awarded an honorable mention by the Dutch Sociological Association NSV and the Association for Policy Research VBO.

 

Humburg, M., R. van der Velden (2013), What employers prefer in graduates’ attributes and skills, In: E. Brentari, M. Carpita (eds.), Advances in Latent Variables: Conference Proceedings, Milan: Vita e Pensiero. (Full text) (http://meetings.sis-statistica.org/index.php/sis2013/ALV/paper/viewFile/2653/4500)

 

Dronkers, J., R. van der Velden (2013), Positive but also negative effects of ethnic diversity in schools on educational achievement? An empirical test with cross-national PISA-data, In: M. Windzio (ed.) Integration and Inequality in Educational Institutions, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer, pp. 71-98. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6119-3_4.

(http://apps.eui.eu/Personal/Dronkers/English/oratie.pdf)

 

Velden, R. van der (2013), Measuring Competences in Higher Education: What Next? In: S. Blömeke, O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, C. Kuhn, J. Fege (Eds.), Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 207-216

(https://www.sensepublishers.com/media/1531-modeling-and-measuring-competencies-in-higher-education.pdf) or (https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/admin/files/1741178/guid-79573123-93b0-48a1-9e72-ae287c4960a9-ASSET1.00)

 

Büchner, C., R. van der Velden (2013), How Social Background Affects Educational Attainment Over Time in the Netherlands, In:  M. Jackson (ed.), Determined to Succeed? Performance versus Choice in Educational Attainment, Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. 89-115. (Full text) or (https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/admin/files/538852/guid-6374e9e9-2e5e-4689-80d1-190ae14fcb4a-ASSET1.0)

 

Allen, J., R. van der Velden (2011), Introduction, In: J. Allen, S. Pavlin, R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), Competencies and Early Labour Market Careers of Higher Education Graduates in Europe, Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, p. 7-10.

(https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/admin/files/1330379/guid-0a300445-8ff9-4f72-8908-1272ba7a703a-ASSET1.0.pdf)

 

Velden, R. van der, J. Allen (2011), Conclusions and Policy Implications, In: J. Allen, S. Pavlin, R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), Competencies and Early Labour Market Careers of Higher Education Graduates in Europe, Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, p. 127-134.

(https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/admin/files/1330379/guid-0a300445-8ff9-4f72-8908-1272ba7a703a-ASSET1.0.pdf)

 

Allen, J., R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer. ISBN: 978-94-007-1352-9. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-1353-6.

(http://digitalarchive.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fedora/get/guid:645a542e-02bd-4db6-bad4-b7eeec53a4ef/ASSET1)

 

Allen, J., R. van der Velden, Introduction, In: J. Allen, R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer, p. 1-14, ISBN: 978-94-007-1352-9. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-1353-6.

(http://digitalarchive.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fedora/get/guid:645a542e-02bd-4db6-bad4-b7eeec53a4ef/ASSET1)  

 

Velden, R. van der, J. Allen, The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: Required Competences and the Role of Higher Education, In: J. Allen, R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer, p. 15-54, ISBN: 978-94-007-1352-9. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-1353-6.

(http://digitalarchive.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fedora/get/guid:645a542e-02bd-4db6-bad4-b7eeec53a4ef/ASSET1)

 

Velden, R. van der, J. Allen, Conclusions and Policy Implications, In: J. Allen, R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer, p. 241-254, ISBN: 978-94-007-1352-9. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-1353-6.

(http://digitalarchive.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fedora/get/guid:645a542e-02bd-4db6-bad4-b7eeec53a4ef/ASSET1)

 

 


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).