Project Team

PI: Lynn Prince Cooke

Lynn Prince Cooke (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath, a Research Fellow at the WZB, Berlin, and a Visiting Professor at University of Turku, Finland.  Her research draws on sociological and economic theories to deepen our understanding of how inequalities in paid and unpaid work vary not just between women and men, but also among them.  Her dominant tool is comparative analysis of large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, framing these analyses in their institutional contexts. Her research has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Social Policy, and others, short-listed four times for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.  She is currently on the editorial board of European Sociological Review and, since 2014 she has been a board member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) (re-elected 2018).

Research Associate: Kathrin Morosow

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Kathrin Morosow joined the NEWFAMSTRAT project as a Research Associate in September 2019. Her general area of research expertise lies within Social Demography, situated at the intersection of policy-research and life-course analysis. Her research interests lie with the study of social and labour market inequalities combined with unintended consequences of social policies. Prior to joining NEWFAMSTRAT, Kathrin finished her doctoral thesis at Stockholm University entitled “Side Effects: Unintended Consequences of Family Leave Policies”.

Research Associate: Niels Blom

Niels Blom joined the team as a Research Associate in July 2020. His research interests include socioeconomic inequalities in the family and how this is related to partner relationship quality, family formation, and wellbeing. Niels completed his PhD in Sociology in 2019 at Radboud University, and then was a research fellow at the University of Southampton, Department of Social Statistics and Demography. His research has appeared in European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Journal of Family Issues.

Doctoral Student: Soyoung Kweon

Soyoung Kweon is a PhD student at the University of Bath, joining the NEWFAMSTRAT project from October 2017. Her thesis is investigating gender-class differences in employer  discrimination around parental status in hiring processess. Her broader research interest is how social policy affects gender inequality in labor markets.

Research Assistants:

Thomas El-Hoss (August 2019-present) is responsible for fielding in the UK labor market. He completed his doctorate at the University of Bath in June 2020, with his thesis exploring the development of Lebanon’s child protection system. His broad interests are international child welfare, comparative studies of protection arrangements, and child protection theories and typologies.


Katharina Massmann (May 2019 – present) is a research assistant for the German field study. Currently finishing her Masters in European Politics at the University of Bath, she specialises in Brexit, British identity politics, gender and the welfare state.

Natalie Soric (February 2020-present) is a research assistant on the German field study team. At present, she is completing her Masters in Marketing at the University of Bath and writing her dissertation on the effects of social change on branding.

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Robert Stowe (March 2019 – present) joined as a research assistant through the Erasmus+ program. He recently completed his Master’s degree in the University of Turku’s Social Sciences Department. Robert is responsible for fielding the Finnish labor market study.

Project Collaborators & Past Associates:

Mariña Fernández Salgado (August 2016 –  present) is Assistant Professor of Economy at La Universidad de Alcalá, with an interest in labor market inequalities and analysis of British panel and cohort data sets.  She is presently co-authoring two project papers, providing specialist statistical expertise.

Anna Erika Hägglund (2017-present) specializes in the Finnish labor market, analyses of administrative, linked employee-employer data, and longitudinal techniques. She is currently co-authoring four papers with team members, focusing on parental wage effects in Finland.

Lena Hipp (April 2017 – present) is Professor of Social Structure, Work, and Organizations at the University of Potsdam, and Head of the Junior Research Group on Work and Care at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). She is advising and collaborating on the comparative labor market experimental studies, with particular expertise on Germany.

Rossella Icardi (2017-present) studies labor market inequalities in a comparative setting and the investigation of which policies succeed in reducing them. She is co-authoring four papers with team members, on parental wage effects, as well as divorce risk in Germany and the UK.

Emma-Jo Imber (August 2018 – September 2020) was a research assistant specializing in programming of the field experiment instruments.

Alina Jozefowski (May-August 2019; July-September 2020) works in HR project management in Frankfurt (Germany) and was an expert advisor for the German field study.

Gabriele Mari (January-March 2018) visited the project as a doctoral student from University of Trento/Tilburg, with research interests in family inequalities and analysis of large-scale panel data sets. During his visit he drafted a paper which has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family.

Silvia Melzer (September 2019 – present) works as an assistant professor at the Department of Political and Social Science at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). Her current research focuses on the role of work organizations (or firms) in the genesis of social inequalities in the labor market, asking how work organizations and their characteristics create, mute or exaggerate, social inequalities. She is working with Cooke and Peters on a paper assessing whether the gender-family demographics of supervisors affect recommendations for training.

Eileen Peters (September 2019 – present) is a junior researcher at Bielefeld University, focusing on social inequalities between employees within the same work organization and how workplace characteristics such as diversity policies can help to reduce them. She is working with Cooke and Melzer on a paper assessing whether the gender-family demographics of supervisors affect recommendations for training.