dr. Mara Yerkes
M.A.Yerkes@uu.nl
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Mara A. Yerkes is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2006. Her research centres on the two broad themes of comparative social policy and social inequalities. In relation to social policy, Yerkes researches comparative welfare states, industrial relations and citizenship regimes. In relation to social inequalities, Yerkes’ research interests include inequalities related to work, care, communities and families, in particular in relation to gender, generations, and sexuality. These two themes come together in her most recent research project, a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator project entitled CAPABLE, which is a large cross-national study on work-life policies and their impact on men and women from a capability perspective. The project will start in December of this year.

 

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. Alongside journal articles, Yerkes is the author of three books, including Transforming the Dutch Welfare State: Social Risks and Corporatist Reform (2011; Policy Press), co-editor of The Transformation of Solidarity. Changing Risks and the Future of the Welfare State (2011; Amsterdam University Press), and co-editor of the forthcoming book Social Policy and the Capability Approach, to be published by Policy Press next spring.

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
Work-family
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
  Articles - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, Mara A., Martin, Bill, Baxter, Janeen & Rose, Judy (2017). An unsettled bargain? Mothers' perceptions of justice and fairness in paid work. Journal of Sociology, 53 (2), (pp. 476-491) (16 p.).
Yerkes, Mara A., Dotti Sani, Giulia Maria & Solera, Cristina (25.04.2017). Attitudes Toward Parenthood, Partnership, and Social Rights for Diverse Families - Evidence From a Pilot Study in Five Countries. Journal of Homosexuality, 65 (1), (pp. 80-99) (20 p.).
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).
Yerkes, M.A. & den Dulk, Laura (2015). Arbeid-en-zorgbeleid in de participatiesamenleving. Een vergroting van de mogelijkheden?. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, 31 (4), (pp. 510-528).
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.).
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.).
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.).
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.).
  Articles - Professional publications
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.).
  Book parts / chapters - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. & Peper, B. (2018). Welfare States and the Life Course. In Bent Greve (Eds.), International handbook of the welfare state (pp. 105-114). Routledge.
Yerkes, M.A., Dotti Sani, Giulia Maria, Knijn, G.C.M., Naldini, M. & Solera, Cristina (2017). National attitudes as a barrier to European citizenship rights? The case of parenthood and partnership rights for individuals in diverse family forms. In Trudie Knijn & M Naldini (Eds.), Gender and Generational Division in EU citizenship Edward Elgar Publishing.
Yerkes, M.A., den Dulk, L. & Peper, B. (2017). Work-family policies within the workplace. In Guðný Björk Eydal & Tine Rostgaard (Eds.), Handbook of child and family policy Edward Elgar Publishing.
Yerkes, M.A. & Knijn, G.C.M. (2017). Young adults on the Move - tensions between EU and national level policies. In Trudie Knijn & M Naldini (Eds.), Gender and Generational Division in EU citizenship Edward Elgar Publishing.
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.
  Reports - 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.
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..
  Reports - Professional publications
Yerkes, M.A., Hewitt, B., Baird, M., Baxter, J., Brady, Michelle, Coles, M.G., Dickenson, J, Strazdins, Lyndall, Whitehouse, G. & Xiang, N. (2016). Millennium Mums Report, Waves 1-5. Institute for Social Science Research: University of Queensland.
Raven, Judith, van der Veen, Romke & Yerkes, Mara (2014). Cao’s en sociale zekerheid in vergelijkend perspectief. Instituut Gak.
  Websites / portals - Other output
  Conference - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. (14.09.2017) Organiser Enhancing Capabilities? Madrid (14.09.2017 - 16.09.2017) Coordinator conference stream on Enhancing Capabilities? Rethinking<br/>European Social Policies from a New Perspective
Yerkes, M.A. (15.03.2017) Participant Strengths and Power of Youth symposium Utrecht (15.03.2017) Presented a paper: Youth on the Move: enhancing the capabilities of young adults?
  Editorial activity - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. (2017) Peer reviewer Cambridge Journal of Economics (Journal) Peer reviewer at Cambridge Journal of Economics
Yerkes, M.A. (2017) Peer reviewer Community, Work and Family (Journal) Peer reviewer at Community, Work, and Family
Yerkes, M.A. (2017) Peer reviewer Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (Publisher) Peer reviewer at Emerald Publishing.
Yerkes, M.A. (2017) Peer reviewer Gender and Society (Journal) Peer reviewer at Gender and Society
Yerkes, M.A. (2017) Peer reviewer Social Policy and Administration (Journal) Peer reviewer at Social Policy and Administration
Yerkes, M.A. (2016) Editorial board member Community, Work and Family (Journal) Associate Editor and Editorial Board member at Community, Work and Family
Yerkes, M.A. (2016) Editorial board member Community, Work and Family (Journal) Associate Editor AND Editorial Board member at Community, Work and Family
Yerkes, M.A. (2016) Editorial board member Gender and Society (Journal) Editorial board member at Gender & Society
  Consultancy - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. (2017) Advisor Movisie Advisor at Movisie
  Invited talk - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. (12.05.2017) Invited speaker Families on the move Brussel (12.05.2017)
Yerkes, M.A. (27.06.2017) Invited speaker Movisie Lecture at Movisie
  Invited talk - Popularising publications
Yerkes, M.A. (20.04.2017) Invited speaker The Future of Labour Utrecht (20.04.2017)
  Oral presentation - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. (17.04.2017) Invited speaker catholic university of louvain Capturing the diversity of work-life balance with an intersectional capability approach
Yerkes, M.A. (25.05.2017) Invited speaker Investing in Children: Politics, Policies, and Outcomes Madrid (25.05.2017 - 26.05.2017)
  Membership of board - Scholarly publications
Yerkes, M.A. (2015) Member European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPANet) (External organisation) Board member of ESPANet
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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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