Christian van Stolk

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Research Group Director, Home Affairs and Social Policy, RAND Europe
Cambridge Office

Education

Ph.D. in government, London School of Economics; M.A. in international relations and international economics, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

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Overview

Christian van Stolk is the research group director for Home Affairs and Social Policy at RAND Europe. He has worked extensively on social and employment policies and recently finished a review for the UK Government on improving employment outcomes of those with mental health conditions.

Van Stolk has led studies on active age management in the workplace for the European Foundation; employment priorities until the year 2020 for the European Commission (DG EMPL); and a major project on health and well-being at work for the Department of Health in the United Kingdom. He was also lead author on the INSPIRE project for DG EMPL, looking at the future of social policy and protection in Europe. In 2011, he completed a study analysing the first cross-European survey on health and safety in the workplace conducted by EU-OSHA. He currently manages RAND's work on the Britain's Healthiest Company competition with Vitality Health.

Van Stolk has also undertaken reports on human capital development for the OECD, the World Bank, and the UK government. For the World Bank he has advised on how to improve the delivery of social protection programmes. He has held a ESRC/DFID research grant looking at the governance of social protection programmes. He has led ex-ante and ex-post evaluations for the European Commission over the last five years, including work with DG SANCO and DG EMPL. Van Stolk holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Recent Projects

  • Employment priorities in the European Union
  • Health and well-being in the workplace
  • Assessment of fraud and error in social security administrations
  • Sustainability of civil service reform in Eastern Europe
  • Future of social policy in the EU

Selected Publications

Christian van Stolk, Joanna Hofman, Marco Hafner, Barbara Janta, Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving service provision and outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-407), 2014

Christian van Stolk, Laura Staetsky, Emmanuel Hassan, Chong Woo Kim, Management of Psychosocial Risks at Work: An Analysis of the Findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks, RAND Corporation (EP-1098), 2012

Christian van Stolk, Stijn Hoorens, Philipp-Bastian Brutscher, Priscillia Hunt, Flavia Tsang, Barbara Janta, Life after Lisbon: Europe's challenges to promote labour force participation and reduce income inequality, RAND Corporation (MG-1068), 2011

Christian van Stolk, To strengthen the governance dimension in social safety net programs in the ASEAN region, RAND Corporation (WR-753), 2011

Christian van Stolk, Gardar Bjornsson, Simo Goshev, Provider incentives in social protection and health: a selection of case studies from OECD countries, RAND Corporation (WR-779), 2010

Emmanuel Hassan, Christopher Austin, Claire Celia, Emma Disley, Priscillia Hunt, Sonja Marjanovic, Alaa Shehabi, Lidia Villaba van Dijk, Christian van Stolk, Health and well-being at work in the United Kingdom, RAND Corporation (TR-758), 2009

Christian van Stolk, Emil Tesliuc, Toolkit on tackling error, fraud, and corruption in social protection programs, RAND Corporation (WR-746), 2009

Honors & Awards

  • Trustee, Nuffield Trust

Commentary

  • depressed woman at work

    Finding Work for Those with Common Mental Health Problems

    Employment has distinct health and wider personal benefits for people with common mental health problems and it is also associated with lower healthcare utilization, benefit savings, and income tax gains for the UK Government.

    Jan 20, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • Stressed businessman getting headache

    Under Pressure: How Europe Manages Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace

    During an economic downturn, employers are unlikely to put the mental health of their workers at the top of the agenda. But it is precisely in these circumstances that employers cannot afford to ignore the mental well-being of employees.

    Jul 17, 2013 | The RAND Blog

  • UK nurse taking a woman's blood pressure

    NHS 24/7: An Effective Way to Improve Quality of Care?

    There are proposals to have England's National Health Service offer non-emergency service on weekends. Since there is a strong association between the health and well-being of staff and the quality of patient care, 24/7 working could have unintended consequences for patients.

    May 24, 2013 | The RAND Blog

  • network engineer

    The Virtues of a '9 to 5' Job

    People who do shift work should be vigilant about their risk factors. At the same time, their employers—and the government—can do more to offer education and targeted screening programs to prevent or forestall disease, writes Christian van Stolk.

    Aug 23, 2012 | RAND.org

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