Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


I am a post-doctoral research associate who works on a variety of projects. I am looking with Sarah Vickerstaff and others at late career transitions of individuals aged 50+ in the UK as well as how work activity is related to care provision and volunteering. With Sarah Vickerstaff, David Lain, and Norwegian partners I am also working on a Norway-UK comparison of late career transitions. I am evaluating with Ben Baumberg the role wage subsidies play in the employment of individuals with a handicap. With Heejung Chung I am investigating consequences of work flexibility for employment after child birth as well as working hours of employees more generally. Finally, I am also involved in Q-Step.

Before I started working as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Kent, I did my PhD at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. My dissertation is entitled 'Gender, Aspirations, and Achievements: Relating Work and Family Aspirations to Occupational Outcomes'. This thesis was part of the High Potential program ‘Interdependences between work and family life: an interdisciplinary approach of the work-family interface’ of Professor Tanja van der Lippe and Dr Esther Kluwer. I did the research Masters in Sociology and Social Research at Utrecht University after the Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Social Science.

Contact Information


Room CW GAW NW 232
Cornwallis George Allen Wing
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NF

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Chung, H. and Van der Horst, M. (2017). Women's employment patterns after childbirth and the perceived access to and use of flexitime and teleworking. Human Relations [Online] 71:47-72. Available at:
Van der Horst, M. et al. (2017). Gender roles and employment pathways of older women and men in England. Sage Open.
Fahy, A. et al. (2017). Longtintudinal asscociations of experience of adversity and socioeconomic disadvantage during childhood with labour force participation and exit in later adulthood. Social Science & Medicine [Online] 183:80-87. Available at:
Spreckelsen, T. and Van der Horst, M. (2016). Is banning significance testing the best way to improve applied social science research? – Questions on Gorard (2016). Sociological Research Online [Online] 21. Available at:
Van der Horst, M. (2016). Role Theory. Sociology - Oxford Bibliographies [Online]. Available at:
Van der Horst, M. et al. (2016). Pathways of Paid Work, Care Provision, and Volunteering in Later Careers: Activity Substitution or Extension? Work, Aging and Retirement [Online]. Available at:
Van der Horst, M., Van der Lippe, T. and Kluwer, E. (2014). Aspirations and occupational achievements of Dutch fathers and mothers. Career Development International [Online] 19:447-468. Available at:
Van der Horst, M. and Coffé, H. (2012). How Friendship Network Characteristics Influence Subjective Well-Being. Social Indicators Research [Online] 107:509-529. Available at:
Book section
Van der Horst, M. (2014). Gender Role Attitudes. in: Michalos, A. ed. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 2451-2453. Available at:
Van der Horst, M. (2014). Gender, aspirations, and achievements: Relating work and family aspirations to occupational outcomes.
Van der Horst, M. (2016). Book review: Maura J Mills (ed.), Gender and the Work-Family Experience: An Intersection of Two Domains, Cham: Springer, 2015, (ISBN: 9783319088907), 358 pp. Work Employment & Society [Online] 30:381-383. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 11 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My research focusses on a variety of labour market issues. For example, I am interested in the combination of paid work and other life domains, employment of disadvantaged groups such as individuals with a handicap, employment of older workers, etc. My current research projects reflect these interests. I am also interested in statistical methods and the opportunities these bring for social science research.

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Last Updated: 14/08/2017