Mr. D. Yazilitas


Demet Yazilitas is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology of the VU University Amsterdam. Her research interests include education, social mobility, gender, and migration. She holds a master’s degree in European and International Law and has a professional background in policy analysis and research.


  • Gender
  • Education
  • Study choice
  • International comparative research


Her research project aims to explore significant differences in the participation rates of women in the fields of mathematics, science and technology (MST) in higher tertiary education in the Netherlands and Sweden. This examination takes place by comparing choice patterns of female and male students in these countries.



Publications (Source: METIS VU)     

D. Yazilitas, S. Saharso, G.C. de Vries & J.S. Svensson (2016): The postmodern perfectionist, the pragmatic hedonist and the materialist maximalist: understanding high school students’ profile choices towards or away from mathematics, science and technology (MST) fields in the Netherlands, Gender and Education. doi: 10.1080/09540253.2016.1166185 [Taylor & Francis Online]

Yazilitas, D., (2004). Één Wereld: samen leren, samen leven! Tekst Opening Academisch jaar 6 September 2004. Radboud University Nijmegen.

Yazilitas, D., Svensson, J.S., Vries, G.C. de & Saharso, S. (2013). Gendered study choice: a literature review. A review of theory and research into the unequal representation of male and female students in mathematics, science, and technology. Educational Research and Evaluation, 19(6), 525-545. 10.1080/13803611.2013.803931.

Yazilitas, D., Chornoivan, O., Holzhacker, D. and Dayan-Ochir, K. (2009). Privatization in higher education: Cross country analysis of trends, policies, problems and solutions. Issue Brief, March 2009 edition. Washington D.C.: Institute for Higher Education Policy.