dr. Mara Yerkes
M.A.Yerkes@uu.nl
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Mara Yerkes is Assistant Professor in Comparative Social Policy and Intervention Studies (SOPINS). She currently coordinates the Master's programmes Arbeid, Zorg en Participatie and Social Policy and Social Interventions, as well as an international minor in Social Problems in Contemporary Europe (SPiCE).

Her research interests include combining work and care, comparative welfare state research, comparative social policy, employment, industrial relations and the employment relationship, the sociology of gender and sexuality, and social inequality. Her work has been published in various journals, including Community, Work and Family; European Journal of Industrial Relations; Gender, Work and Organization; International Journal of Doctoral Studies; Journal of Comparative Welfare Studies; Journal of Homosexuality; Journal of Social Policy; Journal of Sociology; PlosOne; Policy and Politics; Social Policy and Administration, and Oxford University Press’s Online Bibliographies in Sociology.

She is the author of Transforming the Dutch Welfare State: Social Risks and Corporatist Reform (2011; Policy Press) and co-editor of The Transformation of Solidarity. Changing Risks and the Future of the Welfare State (2011; Amsterdam University Press).

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
Work-family
Comparative welfare states
Social policy and interventions
Industrial relations
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Rose, J., M. Brady, M.A. Yerkes and L. Coles. (2015). “’Sometimes they just want to cry for their mum’:  couples’ negotiations and rationalizations of gendered divisions in infant care.” Journal of Family Studies. Forthcoming 2015. Accepted for publication 15 December 2014. 

Yerkes, M.A. (2013). “Social Policy.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. J. Manza. New York: Oxford University Press. www.oxfordbibliographies.com

Yerkes, M.A. (2013 ). “Choice or constraint? Women’s weekly working hours in comparative perspective.” Sociologia Problemas e Practicas: 72: 9-30. Available online:http://sociologiapp.iscte.pt/index.jsp?lingua=2

Wattis, L., K. Standing and M.A. Yerkes. (2013). “Mothers and work-life balance: exploring the contradictions and complexities involved in work-family negotiation.” Community, Work and Family 16(1): 1-19.

Pruijt, H., P. Derogee and M.A. Yerkes. (2013). “Contradictions in Empowerment Structuring the Discursive Field of Employability in the Netherlands.” European Societies. Forthcoming. Accepted for publication 7 March 2013.

Yerkes, M.A., B. Peper and J. Baxter. (2012). “Welfare States and the Life Course.” Pp. 105-114 in International Handbook of the Welfare State. B. Greve (ed). Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.

Yerkes, M.A., R. van de Schoot and H. Sonneveld. (2012). “Who are the Job Seekers? Explaining Unemployment among Doctoral Recipients.” International Journal of Doctoral Studies 7: 153-166.

M.A. Yerkes and K. Tijdens. (2012). “La protezione dei rischi sociali negli accordi collettivi di lavoro: il caso dei Paesi Bassi” (The Protection of Social Risks in Collective Agreements: the case of the Netherlands). La Rivista delle Politiche Sociali (Italian Journal of Social Policy) 3: 277-298.

R. van de Schoot, M.A. Yerkes and H. Sonneveld. (2012). “The Employment Status of Doctoral Recipients: An Exploratory study in the Netherlands.” International Journal of Doctoral Studies 7: 331-348.

Yerkes, M.A., R. van de Schoot and H. Sonneveld. (2012). “Genderongelijkheid in het Nederlandse promotiestelsel: een verkennend onderzoek”. (Gender inequality in Dutch doctoral education: an exploratory study). Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Journal of Gender Studies), 15 (3): 7-23.

Yerkes, M. (2011). Transforming the Dutch Welfare State:  Social Risks and Corporatist Reform.Bristol: The Policy Press.

van der Veen, R., M.A. Yerkes and P. Achterberg (eds). (2011). The Transformation of Solidarity. Changing Risks and the Future of the Welfare State. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Raven, J., P. Achterberg, R. van der Veen and M. Yerkes. (2011). An Institutional Embeddedness of Welfare Opinions? Journal of Social Policy 40, 2: 369-386.

Yerkes, M. and R. van der Veen. (2011). Crisis and Change: Evidence from the Dutch welfare state. Special issue of Social Policy and Administration. Accepted 4 February 2011. Publication in June 2011.

Yerkes, M.A. and K. Tijdens. (2011). “Corporatism and the Mediation of Social Risks.” Pp. 115-138 in The Transformation of Solidarity. Changing Risks and the Future of the Welfare State. R. Van der Veen, M.A. Yerkes and P. Achterberg (eds). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

van der Veen, R. and M.A. Yerkes. (2011). “Towards a New Welfare Settlement? The Transformation of Welfare State Solidarity.” Pp. 191-206 in The Transformation of Solidarity. Changing Risks and the Future of the Welfare State. R. van der Veen, M.A. Yerkes and P. Achterberg (eds). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Yerkes, M.A. and B. Peper. (2011). “The Care Risk in Europe: Diversification and Gender Inequality.” Pp. 195-212 in Diversity, Standardization and Social TransformationGender, Ethnicity and Inequality in Europe. M. Koch L. McMillan and B. Peper (eds). Surrey: Ashgate Publishing.

Yerkes, M.A., K. Standing, L. Wattis and S. Wain. (2010). “The disconnect between policy practices and women's lived experiences: combining work and life in the UK and the Netherlands.” Community, Work and Family 13(4): 411-427.

Yerkes, M.A. (2010). “Childcare as a Social Risk in the Netherlands.” Pp. 77-94 in Social Protection for a Post-Industrial World. P. Kemp (ed). Oxford: Intersentia.

Yerkes, M. and K. Tijdens. (2010). Social Risk Coverage in Collective Bargaining. European Journal of Industrial Relations 16, 4: 369-383.

Yerkes, M. (2010). Diversity in Work: the heterogeneity of women’s labour market participation patterns. Gender, Work and Organization 17, 6: 696-720.

Yerkes, M. (2009). Part-time Work in the Dutch Welfare State. The Ideal  Combination of Work and Care? Policy and Politics 37, 4: 535-552.

Achterberg, P. and M.A. Yerkes. (2009). “One Welfare State Emerging? Convergence versus divergence in 16 western countries.” Journal of Comparative Social Welfare 25(3): 189-201.

Visser, J. and M.A. Yerkes. (2008). “Part-Time Work and the Legacy of Breadwinner Welfare States: A panel study of women’s employment patterns in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, 1992-2002.” Pp. 221-259 in Method and Substance in Macrocomparative Analysis, L. Kenworthy and A. Hicks (eds). Palgrave Macmillan: New York.

Yerkes, M.A. (2008). “Les préférences des femmes en matière d’emploi aux Pays-Bas, en Allemagne et au Royaume-Uni.” Pp. 163-186 in Concilier vie familiale et vie professionnelle en Europe. B. Le Bihan-Youinou and C. Martin (eds). Rennes, collection Lien social et politiques, Presses de l’EHESP.

Yerkes, M.A. (2008). “Keuze of Belemmering? De Arbeidsmarktparticipatie van vrouwen.” (Choice or Constraint: Women’s Labour Market Participation), Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken (Journal of Labour Market Issues) 2008/2: 170-187.

Key publications

Yerkes, M.A. (2015). Social Policy. Oxford University Press

Yerkes, M. (16.06.2014). Collective Protection for New Social Risks - Childcare and the Dutch Welfare State. Journal of Social Policy, 43 (4), (pp. 811-828) (18 p.).

Yerkes, M.A. (2013). Social Policy. Oxford University Press

van de Schoot, R., Yerkes, M.A., Mouw, J. & Sonneveld, H. (2013). What took them so long? Explaining PhD delays among doctoral candidates. PLoS One, 8 (7) (11 p.).

All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
den Dulk, Laura & Yerkes, M.A. (2016). Capabilities to combine work and family in the Netherlands: Challenging or reinforcing the one-and-a-half earner model?. Japanese Journal of Family Sociology, 28 (2), (pp. 180-192).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A., Solera, Cristina, Dotti Sani, Giulia, Knijn, G.C.M. & Naldini, Manuela (2015). A Report on a pilot study of European attitudes towards social and civil rights around issues of commonality and portability. European Commission.
Yerkes, M.A. & den Dulk, Laura (2015). Arbeid-en-zorgbeleid in de participatiesamenleving. Een vergroting van de mogelijkheden?. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, 31 (4).
Coffeng, Tessa & Yerkes, M.A. (2015). Combineren van (over)werk en privé in het hoger beroepsonderwijs. Student Research Undergraduate E-journal, 1 (1).
Yerkes, M.A. (2015). Social Policy. Oxford University Press
Rose, Judy, Brady, Michelle, Yerkes, Mara A. & Coles, Laetitia (01.01.2015). 'Sometimes they just want to cry for their mum' - Couples' negotiations and rationalisations of gendered divisions in infant care. Journal of Family Studies, 21 (1), (pp. 38-56) (19 p.).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M. (16.06.2014). Collective Protection for New Social Risks - Childcare and the Dutch Welfare State. Journal of Social Policy, 43 (4), (pp. 811-828) (18 p.).
Pruijt, Hans & Yerkes, Mara A. (2014). Empowerment as Contested Terrain - Employability of the Dutch workforce. European Societies, 16 (1), (pp. 48-67) (20 p.).
Yerkes, Mara (2014). Social risks and the Corporatist state: - A successful means of responding to social risks?. International Review of Public Administration, 19 (3), (pp. 286-295) (10 p.).
  2014 - Professional publications
Raven, Judith, van der Veen, Romke & Yerkes, Mara (2014). Cao’s en sociale zekerheid in vergelijkend perspectief. Instituut Gak.
Yerkes, Mara, van de Schoot, Rens & Sonneveld, Hans (2014). From a PhD to What? The Importance of the education-employment transition - Lessons from the Netherlands. ADAPT Labor Bulletin, 3, (pp. 1-3) (3 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. (2013). Choice or constraint? Women’s weekly working hours in comparative perspective. Sociologia - Problemas e Praticas, 72, (pp. 9-30) (22 p.).
Pruijt, H. & Yerkes, M.A. (2013). Empowerment as contested terrain. Employability of the Dutch workforce. European Societies
Wattis, L., Standing, K. & Yerkes, M.A. (2013). Mothers and work-life balance: exploring the contradictions and complexities involved in work-family negotiation. Community, Work and Family, 16 (1), (pp. 1-19) (19 p.).
Martin, B., Yerkes, M.A., Hewitt, B., Jones, A., Baird, M., Davis, K., Rose, E., Coles, L., Heron, A. & Xiang, N. (2013). Paid Parental Leave Evaluation. Phase 2 Report. Canberra, Australia: Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs..
Martin, B., Hewitt, B., Yerkes, M.A., Xiang, J., Rose, J.K.C. & Coles, L. (2013). Paid Parental Leave Evaluation. Phase 3 Report. Canberra, Australia.: Australian Department of Social Services..
Yerkes, M.A. (2013). Social Policy. Oxford University Press
Yerkes, Mara & Peper, Bram (01.01.2013). The care risk in Europe - Diversification and gender inequality?. Diversity, Standardization and Social Transformation: Gender, Ethnicity and Inequal in Europe (pp. 195-212) (18 p.). Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
van de Schoot, R., Yerkes, M.A., Mouw, J. & Sonneveld, H. (2013). What took them so long? Explaining PhD delays among doctoral candidates. PLoS One, 8 (7) (11 p.).
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Current research projects

  • bEUcitizen: A European FP7 project about the barriers to European citizenship (http://beucitizen.eu/)
  • Millennium Mums: Australian Research Council financed project. Longitudinal research into the effect of having children on Australian mothers' employment pathways. (http://www.issr.uq.edu.au/millenniummums)

Completed projects

Project:
Inequality and wellbeing at the intersection of gender, sexuality and contemporary migration: An interdisciplinary analysis of research and policy in Europe. 01.02.2017 to 02.10.2017
General project description

This research team will undertake an integrated expert consultation and scoping study to map and synthesize social policy research and analysis at the intersection of gender, sexuality and migration from an interdisciplinary perspective.. A critical objective of the scoping study is to identify key issues, people affected, research questions, conceptual perspectives and innovative methods that inform an agenda for future interdisciplinary research on gender, sexuality and migration by the project team and their collaborators.

 
Role Researcher Funding
Utrecht University: Seed money from Institutions for Open Societies (pillar Equality, Inclusiveness and Social Mobility)
Project members UU
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Mara Yerkes is:

  • coordinator of the master's program 'Arbeid, zorg en participatie: beleid en interventies' (AZP);
  • coordinator of the master's program 'Social Policy and Social Interventions (SPSI);
  • coordinator of the international minor 'Social Problems in Contemporary Europe: New inequalities and Risks (SPiCE);
  • coordinator of the pre-master program 'Arbeid, zorg en participatie: beleid en interventies' (pre-master AZP);
  • lecturer in the master's programs AZP and SPSI, the bachelor program of interdisciplinary social science (Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen (ASW)), and the pre-master program AZP.

 Current courses:

 Masters AZP and SPSI:

  • Course: Social Risks in Europe: protection, activation and diversity / Sociale Risico's in Europa: bescherming, activering en diversiteit 
  • Master thesis supervision

 Bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences:

  • Course: 'Solidarity between young and old in work, care and welfare' / ‘Solidariteit tussen jong en oud in arbeid, zorg en welzijn 

Previous courses

  • Gender, Sexuality and Society (Univ. of Queensland)
  • Capstone Course: Current Issues and Debates in Sociology (Univ. of Queensland)
  • Welfare States II: Participation and Distribution (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Sex, Food and House Music: Social Problems in the 21st Century (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Comparative Industrial Relations (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Labour Sociology (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Sociological Theory II (University of Amsterdam)
  • Introduction to Sociological Analysis (University of Amsterdam)
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Additional functions and activities
  • Honorary Senior Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland 
  • Board member European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPANet)
  • Associate Editor Community, Work and Family
  • Editorial Board Gender & Society
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