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I am an associate professor at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour market (ROA). I started my PhD studies in Economics at the Maastricht University and worked as a researcher at the ROA. In my PhD thesis, I investigated the consequences of part-time employment for workers’ careers, firm productivity and children’s cognitive development. In addition, I also participated in several research projects on human capital development. After finishing my PHD, I worked for about a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitsökonomie und -management of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal where I was responsible for a large EU project investigating the relation between labour market participation and health. Since January 2013, I started as research leader at the ROA. As of January 2021, I am responsible for shaping the research agenda for fundamental and commissioned research in the field of ‘Lifelong learning and employability’. Moreover, I coordinate all ROA’s teaching activities, teach myself and supervise several PhD candidates. I currently work on projects related to lifelong learning, employability and career development with a focus on groups at risk in the labour market (e.g., working diabled, low-educated, flex workers and elderly). My research interests are labour economics, health economics and family economics.