Prof. dr. Mark Levels

Program director at the research centre for education and the labor market, Maastricht University; consortium leader, Technequality

Mark Levels (1977) is a Dutch sociologist.

He is professor at Maastricht University, program director at the Research Centre for Education and the Labor Market (ROA) of Maastricht University, and fellow at the Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB). Prof. Levels is the principal investigator and coordinator of a large international research consortium that studies how governments can mediate the impact of AI and robotization on work, education, social inequalities, and welfare in Europe (TECHNEQUALITY).

He is also one of the principal architects of one of the largest education data collection efforts in Europe: the Nationaal Cohortonderzoek Onderwijs (NCO), He has been visiting scholar and associate member at Nuffield College (University of Oxford), visiting researcher at the European University Institute (Florence), and visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance (Cambridge, MA). Prof. Levels uses quantitative, qualitative and experimental sociological methods to study how individuals’ lives are shaped by government.

His research has won national prizes for scientific excellence and societal impact, is supported by grants from various competitive funding programs, and is published in books and top-tier high-impact journals. Levels actively works with governments and policy-makers to co-create evidence-based policies and legislation, and regularly participates in public debates.