We’re open! Mark Levels and social order in times of corona

Fewer meetings are being held, education is being provided in a different way, and some scientific studies are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. But Maastricht University is open! Within the available opportunities, staff and students are doing everything in their power to remain active and productive. In the story series ‘We’re open!’ on the university website, you can read about these members of our community.

This week, Professor Mark Levels of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) talks about the influence of the corona crisis on his daily work. As research leader of the international consortium Technequality, he was due to speak last week at the AI Summit in Brussels organised by the journalism platform Politico. The measures to limit the spread of coronavirus threw a spanner in the works. Other than that, it’s business as usual for Mark these days – although his alarm clock is going off earlier than usual, and after-work drinks are now held online.

Read the full interview with Mark here.


The UM-led consortium Technequality, set up by Mark Levels and Raymond Montizaan, brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts from prestigious HEI’s around Europe to work with policy-makers to address AI and robotisation’s impact on the labour market. The research is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Go to technequality-project.eu for more information on Technequality.