ROA’s field of research concerns the match between education and the labour market. More in particular, the institute aims to enhance the understanding of the relationship between education and the labour market. ROA’s intention is to make a significant contribution to both academic and societal discussions on the effects of knowledge and skills acquired in education and in other learning situations on (1) occupational careers, (2) performance within organisations, and (3) the development of the economy at the national and regional level. The insight that ROA wishes to provide, consists not only of statistical data that increase the transparency of the labour market for those who need to take decisions on their education or personnel recruitment, but also includes knowledge of the way in which the labour market functions, and the choices that individuals, organisations and policy-makers can make with respect to education and the labour market at all stages of the individual life cycle.
ROA’s research is part of the research programmes of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE). Most of ROA’s research is commissioned research, which is organised along four research programmes: Education and Occupational Careers, Training and Employment, Dynamics of the Labour Market, and Human Capital in the Region. ROA’s applied research is mostly commissioned by ministries, but research contracts have also been received from regional authorities, the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, Employment Services, businesses, educational institutions, sector organisations, the European Commission and the OECD.
The four research programmes are supported by a fundamental research programme, including post-docs and PhDs. This fundamental research is partly funded by the Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).