Somers, M

Melline Somers joined the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) in February 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher. Melline is currently involved in two research projects. The first project focuses on the flexibility of education systems and social inequality in educational outcomes. The second project examines the effect of technological change on social inequalities.

From 2015 until 2018, Melline was a PhD candidate at the Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER) at Maastricht University. During her PhD, Melline conducted research on the mismatch between education and the labour market. Melline obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Economics in 2012, and graduated from the Master's programme Management of Learning in 2014 at Maastricht University.


  • Education Economics
  • Labour Economics

Research Projects

  • Flexibility of Eduational Systems and Social Inequality in Educational Outcomes - Funded by the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) 
  • Technequality - Understanding how Technological Innovations Affect Work, Education and Inequality - Funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme

Recent Publications

Somers, M. A., Cabus, S., Groot, W. & Maassen van den Brink, H. (2019). Horizontal Mismatch between Employment and Field of Education: Evidence from a Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Economic Surveys, 33(2), 567-603.

Cabus, S. J., & Somers, M. A. (2018). Mismatch between education and the labour market in the Netherlands: is it a reality or a myth? The employers’ perspective. Studies in Higher Education43(11), 1854-1867.

Somers, M. & Cabus, S. (2018). Horizontale mismatch tussen studierichting en werk: evidentie van een systematische literatuurstudie. Over.Werk. Tijdschrift van Steunpunt Werk, 28(2), 91-98.

Somers, M. & Cabus, S. (2018). Jongeren moeilijk te overtuigen om techniek-opleiding te volgen. Economische Statistische Berichten, 104(4769), 37-39.

Somers, M. & Cabus, S. (2017). Zijn we klaar voor de veranderende arbeidsmarkt? Nederland en België vergeleken. Over.Werk. Tijdschrift van Steunpunt Werk, 27(2), 18-25.

Somers, M. A. & Cabus, S. (2017). Werknemers beter toegerust voor de eisen van het werk. Economische Statische Berichten, 102(4749), 205-207.

Cabus, S. & Somers, M.A. (2017). Jongeren verbeteren de aansluiting tussen onderwijs en arbeidsmarkt. Over.Werk. Tijdschrift van Steunpunt  Werk, 27(1), 24-30.

Cabus, S. & Somers, M.A. (2017). Mismatch tussen onderwijs en arbeidsmarkt eerder feit dan fictie. Sociaal Bestek, 5, 29-31.