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Sonja Bekker


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 615

    5037 DE Tilburg


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Personal profile

Research interests

Research interests: European coordination, EU economic governance; European labour market policies and social policies; Europe 2020; Dutch labour market developments; flexicurity; youth and exclusion; labour market segmentation and the position of vulnerable groups.



  • 2017-present Associate professor European Social Policy and Employment Relations. Jean Monnet chair holder.
  • 2015-2016 Assistant professor European Social Policy
  • 2010-april 2015 Senior researcher, ReflecT research centre.
  • 2010- august 2013 Labour market expert for the SYSDEM network of the European Commission
  • 2005-2010PhD candidate at ReflecT research centre, Tilburg University. Research theme: Dealing with the flexibility-security nexus in European law and policy-making
  • 2003-2005Junior researcher at the Institute for Labour Studies (OSA), Tilburg, the Netherlands


Visiting researcher:

  • 2017-2018 member scientific board IREC conference Leuven 2018
  • Oktober 2015: Milan University
  • Sept-dec 2012 WZB Social Science Research Centre in Berling
  • May-July 2007 Observatoire Social Européen, Brussels


Current courses

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PhD supervision

Eleni Balamoti - EU socioeconomic governance

Wendy Wesseling - Youth unemployment


  • Social Law
  • Social Security
  • Flexibility
  • European Politics
  • Flexicurity
  • Labour Market Policy
  • Labour Market
  • Europe
  • European Economics
  • Europe 2020
  • Labour Market Issues
  • Labour Market Segmentation

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Research Output 1999 2019

Starters met flexibele banen: Vooral mannen voelen zich ongezond

van Deurzen, I. & Bekker, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Mens en Maatschappij. 94, 1, p. 131-133 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

The European flexicurity concept and the Dutch and Danish flexicurity models: How have they managed the Great Recession?

Bekker, S. & Mailand, M., Jan 2019, In : Social Policy and Administration. 53, 1, p. 142-155 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Who suffers from the cumulation of atypical employment? A longitudinal analysis based on Dutch data

van Deurzen, I. & Bekker, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Public Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Flexicurity in the European semester: Still a relevant policy concept

Bekker, S., Jun 2018, EU socio-economicgovernance since the crisis: The European Semester in theory and practice. Zeitlin, J. & Verdun, A. (eds.). 1 ed. London, New York: Routledge, p. 39-56 18 p. (Journal of European Public Policy Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

labor market

Low-wage labour and social security: Case study: The Netherlands

van Deurzen, I., Bekker, S., Bürkert, J. & Quirijns, Q., 2018, (Unpublished) 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Activities 2005 2016

  • 12 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk

ECPR, Sixth Biennial Conference, Tilburg

S. Bekker (Speaker)
6 Jul 20168 Jul 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

ECPR 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, Trento

S. Bekker (Speaker)
15 Jun 201618 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

EGPA conference, Utrecht 2016

S. Bekker (Speaker)
24 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

The Constitutional Dimension of the European Semester

S. Bekker (Invited speaker)
27 Jun 201628 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

De toekomst van de arbeidsverhouding

S. Bekker (Speaker)
21 Jan 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Prizes / Recognition

Jean Monnet Chair

Sonja Bekker (Recipient), Aug 2017

Prize: Other marks of recognition

European social policy