Project Team

PI: Lynn Prince Cooke

Lynn Prince Cooke, FAcSS (DPhil, University of Oxford), is Emeritus 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 American Sociological Review and 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 Associates:

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.

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Robert Stowe (March 2019 – February 2022) joined 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 and Assistants:

Niels Blom (July 2020 – December 2021) was a Research Associate. His research interests include socioeconomic inequalities in the family and how this is related to partner relationship quality, family formation, and wellbeing, and has appeared in European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Journal of Family Issues. Niels is currently co-authoring one paper with the PI.

Nadiath Choudhury (May 2021 – December 2021) was a research assistant for the UK field study. She is rcompleting her final year of a BSc Economics at the University of Bath. Her primary interest is in development economics and its social impact.

Thomas El-Hoss (August 2019-September 2021) is a Researcher at University of Exeter with an interest in child protection. During his time on NEWFAMSTRAT, he supervised the UK fielding of the correspondence study.

Mariña Fernández Salgado (August 2016 –  December 2021) 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 co-authored the fatherhood wage premium paper published in Journal of Marriage and Family.

Anna Erika Hägglund (2017-present) specializes in the Finnish labor market, analyses of administrative, linked employee-employer data, and longitudinal techniques. She co-authored the fatherhood wage premium paper published in Journal of Marriage and Family, and is currently co-authoring one additional paper.

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 advised 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 was first author on a paper of fatherhood wage effects in Finland, Germany and the UK that was published in Journal of Marriage and Family, and is co-authoring a further paper with team members.

Akseli Ilmanen (October 2020- May 2021) was a research assistant helping with the UK fielding. He is currently studying a BSc Sociology at the University of Bath. Akseli’s other interests include cognitive/ computational neuroscience, cybernetics, and terrorism.

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.

Emma Keeley (May 2021- December 2021) was a research assistant for the UK field study. She is in her final year on a BA-Hons in Modern Languages and European Studies at the University of Bath. Her wider interest lies in comparing national approaches to social, political, and economic issues in the UK and Germany.

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, and another co-authored paper published in European Sociological Review.

Katharina Massmann (May 2019 – December 2021) was a research assistant for the UK 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.

Silvia Melzer (September 2019 – December 2021) 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 worked with Cooke and Peters on a paper assessing whether the gender-family demographics of supervisors affect recommendations for training.

Kathrin Morosow (September 2019-September 2021) is a Lecturer at the University of Manchester with research interests in social and labour market inequalities along the life course, combined with unintended consequences of social policies. She co-authored an article on the wage impact of Finnish fathers’ parental leave that was published in Social Forces.

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.

Skarlett Schubert (October 2020-December 2021 ) was a research assistant for the UK fielding. She graduated in December 2019 from the University of Bath with an MA in Contemporary European Policy, having specialized in European migration policy and Gender Based Violence (GBV). 

Natalie Soric (February 2020 – January 2021) was a research assistant on the German field study team. She recently completed her Masters in Marketing at the University of Bath and her dissertation on the effects of social change on branding.