Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Photographer: Andrea Forster

Ms A.G. (Andrea) Forster

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: B.6.12
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15508
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

I am a PhD student at the Sociology department of the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and the programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses (IIL). My PhD research focuses on the influence of educational institutions on social differentials in individual educational pathways. My research interests include the sociology of education, social stratification and mobility, education and labour market outcomes as well as quantitative methodology.

PhD project: Why do institutions matter for equality? Associations between educational institutions and individual educational trajectories

The project examines the association between the structure of educational institutions and the generation of inequalities on the individual level. I investigate how students and parents develop aspirations, expectations and beliefs about education and make subsequently decisions about educational trajectories. A focus is on how these micro-level mechanisms differ between social groups (social classes, ethnicities) and how institutions moderate these differentials. Examples for mechanisms that are studied are knowledge differentials between social groups, differential myopia and occupational aspirations. I use longitudinal panel data in different countries to compare individual-level trajectories in different institutional settings. The PhD project is part of the NWO-VICI project "Between institutions and social mechanisms: education and inequality in comparative perspective".

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Herman van de Werfhorst and Dr. Thomas Leopold



  • Forster, A. G., Bol, T., & van de Werfhorst, H. G. (2016). Vocational Education and Employment over the Life Cycle. Sociological Science, 3, 473-494. DOI: 10.15195/v3.a21 [details] [PDF]


  • van de Werfhorst, H. G. (Author), Forster, A. G. (Author), & Bol, T. (Author). (2016). Is more vocational education the answer?. [details]


  • Forster, A.G. (2016): SER-Scriptieprijs 2016 voor: masterscriptie "A vocational decline?".
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