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dr. W.S. (Wieteke) Conen

Faculty of Law
Labour Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: 6.11
Postal address
  • Postbus 15966
    1001 NL Amsterdam
Social media
  • Projects

    Value of Work

    Long-term labour market developments

    Self-employed without personnel

    Hybridisation of Work: Structure and Dynamics

    • In progress
  • Profile

    Economist, preference for interdisciplinary research

    She wrote her PhD thesis at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) for the project 'Activating Senior Potential in Ageing Europe' (ASPA); a research project within the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission. Her PhD thesis consists of articles on the topic of employers’ recruitment and retention behaviour towards older workers.

    Current research interests include: changing labour markets, non-standard work arrangements, self-employment, multiple jobholding, quality of work, technological developments, social security, personnel strategies and employers’ behaviour. Experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods among workers and within organisations.

  • Publications


    • Conen, W. S., & Debets, M. (2019). Precariousness and social risks among solo self-employed in Germany and the Netherlands. In Self-employment as precarious work: a European Pespective (pp. 108-131). Edward Elgar.
    • Conen, W. S., & Schippers, J. (2019). Self-employment: between freedom and insecurity. In Self-Employment as Precarious Work: a European Perspective (pp. 1-21). Edward Elgar.
    • Conen, W., & Schippers, J. (Eds.) (2019). Self-Employment as Precarious Work: a European perspective. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [details]
    • Conen, W., & Schulze Buschoff, K. (2019). Precariousness among solo self-employed workers: a German-Dutch comparison. Journal of poverty and social justice, 27(2), 177-197. [details]
    • Conen, W., & de Beer, P. (2019). Human capital investments and the value of work: comparing employees and solo self-employed workers. In T. van der Lippe, & Z. Lippényi (Eds.), Investments in a Sustainable Workforce in Europe (pp. 175-189). (Routledge Advances in Sociology). London: Routledge. [details]
    • Schippers, J., & Conen, W. S. (2019). Between freedom and insecurity: future challenges. In Self-Employment as Precarious Work: a European Perspective (pp. 260-270). Edward Elgar.


    • Conen, W., & Schippers, J. (2017). De invloed van startmotieven op de financiële situatie en arbeidstevredenheid van zzp’ers: The impact of motives on the financial situation and job satisfaction of the solo self-employed. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, 33(3), 250-268. [details]
    • Hershey, D. A., van Dalen, H. P., Conen, W., & Henkens, K. (2017). Are “Voluntary” Self-Employed Better Prepared for Retirement Than “Forced” Self-Employed? Work, Aging and Retirement, 3(3), 243-256., [details]
    • Schulze Buschoff, K., Conen, W. S., & Schippers, J. J. (2017). Solo-Selbstständigkeit – eine prekäre Beschäftigungsform? WSI-Mitteilungen, 70(1), 54-61.


    • Conen, W., Henkens, K., & Schippers, J. (2015). Arbeidskosten en productiviteit van oudere werknemers: De visie van Nederlandse werkgevers in Europees perspectief*. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, 31(3), 235-255. [details]


    • Conen, W., Henkens, K., & Schippers, J. (2014). Ageing organisations and the extension of working lives: A case study approach. Journal of Social Policy, 43(4), 773-792. [details]
    • Schippers, J., & Conen, W. (2014). Older volunteers in the Netherlands: new challenges to an old tradition. In Active ageing. Voluntary work by older people in Europe Policy Press.


    • van Doorne-Huiskes, A., Conen, W. S., & Schippers, J. J. (2013). Beroepsdeelname van ouderen. Een vergelijking tussen Europese landen. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 2, 27-41.



    • Conen, W. S., Henkens, K., & Schippers, J. J. (2011). Are employers changing their behavior towards older workers? Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 23(2), 141-158.
    • Schippers, J. J., Conen, W. S., & Henkens, K. (2011). Extending working lives in Europe: employers’ opinions and actions. In Socially imbalanced Europe – socio-political proposals in times of crisis (pp. 206-216). Merlin Press.


    • Stiller, S. J., de Beer, P. T., & Conen, W. S. (2018). Changing employment institutions and the value of work: interconnected or independent trends? (AIAS working paper). AIAS-HSI.
    • de Beer, P., & Conen, W. (2018). Een halve eeuw arbeidsmarkt: De ontwikkeling van de Nederlandse arbeidsmarkt sinds 1969 onder invloed van technologie, economie en beleid. (AIAS-HSI Working Papers Series; No. 3). Amsterdams Instituut voor Arbeidsstudies - Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut (AIAS-HSI), Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]


    • Conen, W. S., Schippers, J. J., & Schulze Buschoff, K. (2016). Self-employed without personnel. Between freedom and insecurity. Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.
    • Conen, W. S., Schippers, J. J., & Schulze Buschoff, K. (2016). Soloselbstständigkeit: Zwischen Freiheit und Unsicherheit. Ein deutsch-niederländischer Vergleich. Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.


    • Conen, W. (2013). Older Workers: the View of Dutch employers in a European perspective. Amsterdam University Press.


    • Conen, W. S., & van Solinge, H. (2012). Langer doorwerken in Europa? Demos, 28(6), 7.
    • van Dalen, H., Henkens, K., Conen, W. S., & Schippers, J. J. (2012). Dilemma’s rond langer doorwerken. Amsterdam University Press.



    • Conen, W. (2018). Do we have to worry about the ‘new’ solo self-employed? Selfsufficiency and precariousness among workers with different types of contract : Host Country Discussion Paper – The Netherlands. Paper presented at Peer Review on “The rise of precarious work (including some forms of solo selfemployment) – causes, challenges and policy option”, The Hague, Netherlands. [details]


    • Conen, W. S. (2020). Waarde van werk in Nederland. Den Haag: Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (WRR).


    • Conen, W., & de Beer, P. (2018). The value of work in a changing labour market: a review and research agenda. (AIAS-HSI Working Paper Series; No. 1). Amsterdam: AIAS-HSI. [details]
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