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Sonja Bekker


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

    5037 DE Tilburg


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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 2018

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

Open Access
labor market

The European flexicurity concept and the Dutch and Danish flexicurity models: How have they managed the great recession

Bekker, S. & Mailand, M. 2018 In : Social Policy and Administration. p. Online Version

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
economic policy

Youth employment policies in the Netherlands

Bekker, S., Wesseling, W. & Calon, E. Jun 2018 (EXCEPT Working Papers; no. 37)

Research output: Working paperOther research output

A European social union: Debates on what, why and how

Bekker, S. 6 Dec 2017 1 p.

Research output: Other contributionOther research output

Open Access
social union

Can European socio-economic governance be social investment proof

Bekker, S. 2017 The uses of social investment. Oxford University Press, chapter 28

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

social investment
knowledge economy

Activities 2005 2016

  • 12 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk

EGPA conference, Utrecht 2016

Bekker, S. (Speaker)
24 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

De toekomst van de arbeidsverhouding

Bekker, S. (Speaker)
21 Jan 2016

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

The Constitutional Dimension of the European Semester

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

Activity: Invited talkScientific

ECPR, Sixth Biennial Conference, Tilburg

Bekker, S. (Speaker)
6 Jul 20168 Jul 2016

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

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

Bekker, S. (Speaker)
15 Jun 201618 Jun 2016

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

Prizes / Recognition

Jean Monnet Chair

Sonja Bekker (Recipient), Aug 2017

Prize: National/international honour

European social policy