Marco Bakker

Chair International comparative research on educational performance and social inequality

Maastricht University

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Biographical note

Jaap Dronkers was born in Amsterdam in 1945 and studied sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam He has been head of Research of Education and Sociology at SISWO (1976–1986), Associate Professor of the Sociology of Education and Empirical Sociology at the Catholic University of Brabant in Tilburg (1986–1990), Chair in Educational Sciences (1990–1999), and Chair in Empirical Sociology (1999–2001) both at the University of Amsterdam. Prof. Dronkers was Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Pedagogy of the University of Amsterdam (1994–1998) and visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development (1998–1999). From October 2001 until December 2009 he was Professor of Social Stratification and Inequality at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. From December 2009 he holds the chair international comparative research on educational performance and social inequality at the Maastricht University. In 2009 he was recipient of the Professor Leune Award for his contribution to educational innovation. In 2010 he was visiting professor at the Doshisha University in Kyoto (Japan). He was academic partner of the Centraal Planbureau (2011-2013). In 2014 he is visiting fellow in the SPS department of the EUI. He is affiliated to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (since 2006), external research fellow of CReAM of City University of London (since 2012) and affiliated member of AMCIS of University of Amsterdam (since 2013). He is honorary doctor at the University of Turku (Finland) and honorary member of Dutch Sociological Association (2013).

Since 2002 he has been one of the organisers of the European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce. During 2006/2007 he has been Director of the European Forum The Quality of Education and its Relationships with Inequality in European and Other Modern Societies.

He has been a member of editorial boards of Mens en Maatschappij (1980–2001), Netherlands' Journal of Social Sciences (1987–1996), Social Psychology of Education (since 1995), Educational Research and Evaluation (since 1995), Sociology of Education (1997–2000; 2014-2017), Research on Finnish Society (since 2007), American Sociological Review (2009-2011), Virtus, Yearbook for the history of the nobility (since 2009) and the Italian Journal of Sociology of Education (since 2009). He was also secretary and president of the Dutch Sociological Association (1987–1995), president of the Dutch Association for Research on Education and Social Inequality (1987–1998), and member of the board (1982–1986), secretary (1986–1994) and president (1994–1998) of Research Committee Sociology of Education of the International Sociological Association. Since 2001 Prof. Dronkers has been a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences).

He has published on the causes and consequences of unequal educational and occupational attainment, changes in educational opportunities, effect-differences between public and religious schools, the educational and occupational achievement of migrants from different origins and in various countries of destination, the linkages between school and the labour market, the effects of parental divorce on children, cross-national differences in causes of divorce, education of Dutch elites, and European nobility. He also participates in public debates on topics related to his research.


Further content of this homepage

Major non-Dutch publications (updated 11 March 2016)

Major Dutch publications (updated 13 March 2015)

Non-Dutch working papers (updated 9 March 2016)

Dutch working papers (updated 5 August 2013)


List of publications and citations at Google Scholar


Recent lectures and posters (updated 11 March 2016)


Printed contributions to public debate (updated 16 October 2015)

Blog contribution to public debate (updated 26 February 2016)




Ph.D. students (updated 17 November 2015)

Supervised Ph.D. theses (updated 17 November 2015)


European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce (updated 18 March 2016)


Educational systems and four central functions of education Dutch Sciences Foundation Program: (updated Augustus 2014)



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