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Sonja Bekker


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 222

    5037 DE Tilburg


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Research interests

Research interests: European social policy; labour market research; EU governance; European Semester; In-work poverty; youth unemployment; labour market segmentation and the position of vulnerable groups; employment relations; flexicurity.



  • 2020-present associate professor European Social Policy Utrecht University and Tilburg University;
  • 2017-2020 Jean Monnet professor European Social Policy and Employment Relations;
    Associate professor Department Labour Law and Social Polictics.
  • 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:

  • October 2019: Copenhagen Business School - inequality platform
  • 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

Ásta Berglind Verheul - Family policies for non-standard families


  • 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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