Christian van Stolk

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Executive Vice President, RAND Europe
Cambridge Office


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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Christian van Stolk is executive vice president 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. He currently manages RAND's work on the Britain's Healthiest Workplace competition with Vitality Health.

He 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.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Trustee of the Nuffield Trust

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, Sunil Patil, Managing the Principal Agent Problem in Bolsa Familia, RAND Corporation (RR-1617), 2016

Joanna Hofman, Alexandra Pollitt, Miriam Broeks, Katherine Stewart, Christian van Stolk, Review of computerised cognitive behavioural therapies, RAND Corporation (RR-1616), 2016

Marco Hafner, Martin Stepanek, Jirka Taylor, Wendy M. Troxel, Christian Van Stolk, Why sleep matters — the economic costs of insufficient sleep, RAND Corporation (RR-1791), 2016

Joachim Krapels, Marco Hafner, Ben Baruch, Christian Van Stolk, Employability of the Poor, RAND Corporation (RR-793), 2015

Marco Hafner, Christian Van Stolk, Catherine L. Saunders, Joachim Krapels, Ben Baruch, Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace, RAND Corporation (RR-1084), 2015

Bryn Garrod, Catherine L. Saunders, Marco Hafner, Christian Van Stolk, Satisfaction with life and local area among people who work in the Cambridge area, RAND Corporation (RR-1123), 2015

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

Christian van Stolk, Helen Ermestig, The Economic Cost of Social Security Fraud, RAND Corporation (EP-51764), 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Senior Associate, Royal Society of Medicine


  • A person in pajamas and slippers walking to the bathroom at the night, photo by Sergey Dogadin/Getty Images

    Waking Up to the Costs of Nocturia

    Nocturia is a troublesome lower urinary tract condition that causes people to wake up two or more times a night to empty their bladder. Researchers calculated the overall economic cost associated with nocturia in a working-age population across six countries.

    Jun 18, 2019 The RAND Blog

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    The Case for Investing in a More Healthy and Engaged Health Workforce

    Improving staff engagement leads to a variety of positive benefits. But defining and measuring engagement is not straightforward, and different demographic factors are associated with different levels of engagement. The National Health Service in England is looking at ways to increase engagement in its staff.

    Nov 8, 2018 The RAND Blog

  • German riot police enter the Hamburg SV supporters' block during a break in their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Bayern Munich in Hamburg, Germany, May 3, 2014

    The Rules of the Game: Reducing Antisocial Behaviour and Violence at Football Events

    Violent behavior at football matches has garnered international media attention for decades even though the vast majority of matches pass without any significant violent incidents. Despite the widespread attention toward harmful behaviors, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of current practices targeting negative fan behavior.

    Aug 14, 2018 Policing Insight

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    How to Increase Participation in Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

    Many employers are actively looking at ways to improve health and well-being in their workplaces. Increasing employee participation in health and wellness programs requires strategies to address health risks, engagement with staff, and buy-in and support from management.

    May 10, 2018 Reward & Employee Benefits Association Annual Report

  • An unfinished monorail project in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 3, 2016

    Regulating Infrastructures in the Tropics

    Regulation helps address the demands of investors who are seeking assurances that their investments are safe, while also reassuring democratically elected governments. Regulatory reform could help Brazil attract more private investment in its infrastructure.

    May 26, 2017 The RAND Blog

  • A woman worrying at her desk

    We Still Know Little About Financial Well-Being

    There is a clear link between UK employees being concerned about their finances and negative health and well-being. The challenge for researchers is that financial well-being is hard to measure.

    Feb 20, 2017 HRZone

  • Coworkers taking a break in the office to stretch

    Measuring What Works: Workplace Well-Being

    The link between productivity and well-being is recognized and increasingly accepted as a prerequisite of strong employer and employee performance. HR professionals and CEOs believe that high employee well-being means high staff engagement and a real intention to do well for the workforce.

    Nov 28, 2016 CIPD

  • Woman sitting on couch at home using mobile phone

    Thinking Outside the Box to Find Solutions to Mental Health Problems

    Many innovative ways to deliver mental health services in the UK aim to benefit individuals, industry, government, and the economy.

    Oct 19, 2016 The BMJ

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    How Can Regulation Improve Quality of Care in the English Health Care System?

    Inspections have become more prominent in England's approach to health service regulation as a way to identify problems before they occur. But the evidence of regulation contributing to better quality of care in different systems is scarce.

    Nov 13, 2015 The RAND Blog

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    Paying People to Change Behaviour in the UK: Lessons from Latin America

    Policymakers in Western countries seeking new policy levers to tackle costly lifestyle behaviors in the age of austerity may do well to take up programs based on cash incentives. Recent analysis of conditional payment programs in Latin America highlights some useful lessons.

    Mar 30, 2015 The RAND Blog

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    Putting UK Mental Health Services on the Road to Recovery

    If mental health problems are the most significant barrier preventing people on benefits from taking up employment, then why not transform how the system supports them? Policymakers could redirect some of the resources available to the benefit system towards improving mental health outcomes, and put more evidence-based interventions in place. The savings to the benefit system should logically pay for this investment.

    Feb 20, 2015 The RAND Blog

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    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

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    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

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    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 The RAND Blog