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Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University

Mara A. Yerkes is Associate 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. Yerkes is the principle investigator of the ERC project CAPABLE, a comparative study on gender inequalities in work-life balance in eight European countries, and of COVID19 Gender (In)equality Survey Netherlands (CoGIS), a longitudinal research project involving researchers from 3 Dutch universities: Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. She is also currently joint editor of the journal Community, Work & Family and co-chair of the ESPANet Board (European Social Policy Analysis Network).

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 book Social Policy and the Capability Approach (2019; Policy Press). She has published a wide range of book chapters and articles, in journals such as Community, Work and Family; European Journal of Industrial Relations; Gender, Work and Organization; Journal of Comparative Welfare Studies; Journal of European Social Policy; Journal of Social Policy; Journal of Sociology; PlosOne; Policy and Politics; Social Policy and Administration, and is the author of the Social Policy entry for Oxford University Press’s Online Bibliographies in Sociology.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Utrecht University


  • 2006 
    University of Amsterdam, PhD