Project Team

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PI: Lynn Prince Cooke

Lynn Prince Cooke (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath. Her research draws on sociological and economic theories to deepen our understanding of gender inequalities in paid and unpaid work, and their impact on family stability. Her dominant tool is comparative analysis of large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, but she often frames these analyses in their historical institutional context. A good example of this is her book, Gender-Class Equalities in Political Economies (2011, Routledge). Her research has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Social Policy, and others. Lynn serves as a board member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19), and on the editorial boards of Gender & Society, European Sociological Review, and Journal of Marriage and Family.

Research Associate: Rossella Icardi

Rossella Icardi is a Research Associate who joined the NEWFAMSTRAT project on 1 March 2017.  Her academic interests include the study of labor market inequalities in a comparative setting and the investigation of which policies succeed in reducing them. Prior to joining NEWFAMSTRAT, Rossella worked at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) where she conducted impact evaluation on a wide range of projects related to labor market research. This experience provided her with a deeper understanding on the effect of social policies on disadvantaged socio-economic groups. Rossella completed her PhD at the University of Southampton. Her thesis explored the association between wages and workplace training in Germany and the UK, and how this association varies by both gender and type of qualification attained.


Research Associate: Anna Erika Hägglund

Anna HagglundAnna Erika Hägglund joined the NEWFAMSTRAT project as a Research Associate in October 2017. She specializes in the Finnish labor market, analyses of administrative, linked employee-employer data, and longitudinal techniques. Her research interests include life course research, social stratification, and gender inequality. Prior to joining the team, she was a doctoral candidate in the project “Occupational Sex Segregation and its Consequences for the (Re-)Production of Gender Inequalities in the German Labor Market” at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. In her dissertation, Anna Erika examines gender differences in vocational aspirations and fields of study choices, and the consequences of these decisions for gender inequality in the labor market. In particular, she analyses gender differences in educational and employment trajectories by utilizing large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, as well as register-based data. Her first paper just appeared in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Doctoral Student: Soyoung Kweon

Soyoung Kweon is a PhD student at the University of Bath, joining the NEWFAMSTRAT project from October 2017. Her thesis will investigate gender differences in employer  discrimination around parental status in hiring processes across different skill levels. Her broader research interest is how social policy affects gender inequality in labor markets. She qualified with a Master of Social Welfare degree at Yonsei University, South Korea. Her original master’s research on South Korean unemployment policies found that the degree of labor market attachment varies by gender.

Project Administrator:  Lesley McKay

Lesley McKay is an experienced research project administrator working across a number of projects in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath.