Ruud Gerards (The Hague, 1977) is project manager / researcher at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) for 0.85 fte and lecturer with the Department of Economics at Maastricht University for 0.15 fte. He obtained his PhD degree in economics at Maastricht University in May 2012. Before the start of his academic career he has held various corporate positions. First, he worked as statistical researcher for Statistics Netherlands (CBS). After that he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as grant/subsidy consultant, working on EU 6th framework program (FP6) applications and on a number of national subsidy programs. He also worked in a smaller consultancy firm advising local governments and city councils in urban and spatial planning projects. His academic experience, prior to starting at ROA in 2012, includes 7 years as (junior) lecturer at Maastricht University before and while conducting his PhD research and a year as lecturer / semester coordinator at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, while finalizing his PhD. Besides his current positions at ROA and the Department of Economics, Ruud works freelance as thesis supervisor for Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.
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