Mara Yerkes is an Honoary Senior Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research. 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. Prior to coming to the ISSR, Yerkes worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Her research focused on the protection of social risks within the welfare state, examining the complex relationship between government policy and the involvement of third-party actors in welfare provision, including employers and trade unions. At the same time, Yerkes was involved in a research project with Utrecht University investigating the labour market mobility of doctoral candidates in the Netherlands.

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; 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 (the Policy Press) and co-editor of The Transformation of Solidarity. Changing Risks and the Future of the Welfare State (Amsterdam University Press).

  • Research Interests
    • Comparative welfare states and social policy
    • Employment
    • Work and care
    • Social inequality
    • Industrial relations
    • Gender and Sexuality
  • Publications

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

    Yerkes, M.A. (2013 ). “Choice or constraint? Women’s weekly working hours in comparative perspective.” Sociologia Problemas e Practicas: 72: 9-30. Available online:

    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 Transformation. Gender, 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.

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Honorary Senior Fellow

  • BA (Hons), Quincy University (United States), History (awarded May, 1998)
  • MPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (United States), Public and Foreign Policy (awarded May 2001)
  • MA, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Social Sciences (awarded December 2001)
  • PhD, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Social Sciences (awarded October 2006)