Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Research Officer

Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity

Aug 2019 – Present University of Oxford
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Oct 2018 – Aug 2019 University of Southampton
 
 
 
 
 

Research Fellow

ESRC-funded project ‘Female-Breadwinner Families in Europe’

Apr 2018 – Sep 2018 University of Southampton
 
 
 
 
 

Researcher

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Oct 2017 – Mar 2018

Grants & Prizes

ESRC New Investigator Grant (36 months)

Principal Investigator on the project, ‘Welfare State Interventions and Occupational Gender Segregation: Paradise or Paradox?’

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (12 months)

Principal Investigator on the project, ‘Social Policies to Support Women’s Employment and Achieve Gender-Friendly Workplaces.’

The Doctoral College Research Award Nomination

Nominated for The Doctoral College Research Award by the University of Southampton for ‘exceptional contribution to research group, disciplinary, Faculty and University research strategy/environment.’

Doctoral Researcher Prize Essay

Awarded by The European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) and Journal of European Social Policy for ‘exciting, innovative and scholarly’ work and featured as a university highlight in the Vice Chancellor’s presentation of his Ten-Year Plan.

Social Policy Association Grant and Centre for Population Change Grant

Social Policy Association Grant (£350) and Centre for Population Change Grant (£350). Covered travel expenses for speakers and catering costs for the ‘Lone Parents in the UK Today’ conference held at the offices of Gingerbread (UK charity), London, which I co-organised with Dr Tina Haux.

Sociology and Social Policy MSc Dissertation Prize and MSc Performance Prize.

Awarded by the University of Southampton for best overall performance and highest dissertation mark.

ESRC 1+3 Studentship Award (48 months)

Awarded to support completion of the MSc in Social Policy and Social Research and a PhD in Social Policy that looked at the relationship between welfare states and women’s employment outcomes in comparative perspective.

Peter G Richards Bursary, Liam O’Sullivan Prize, Heather Packwood Prize, and Politics and International Relations Year 1 Performance Prize.

Awarded by the University of Southampton for best overall performance in each year of the BSc and for highest dissertation mark.

News

This month I returned to work following the birth of my first child six months ago. It is an exciting but busy time trying to balance my career and childcare (and everything else amid a pandemic). I feel the experience will only make me a better researcher given my areas of interest and how productive I am forced to be when I do get the chance to carry out some research and write.

I am very excited to announce that later this month I’ll be moving to the Institute for New Economic thinking at the University of Oxford. I’ll be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity, looking at inclusive growth. You can find more information about the research programme here. In addition, I have been awarded a New Investigator Grant from the Economic and Social Research Council.

I’m excited to announce that the third paper from my PhD has been accepted for publication in Journal of Social Policy. The paper argues that analyses of gender and welfare states should be broadened to include women’s share of corporate board and executive positions and the policies that help to address the lack of gender diversity in such positions. Bringing more women into the most powerful jobs can lead to more ‘female-friendly’ workplace policies, practices, and cultures (e.

Projects

Welfare State Interventions and Occupational Gender Segregation: Paradise or Paradox?

ESRC New Investigator Grant - grant no. ES/S016058/1

Welfare states enable women’s employment through the family policies they provide and the jobs they create. Hence, comparative social-science researchers, the press, and politicians hail Scandinavian societies as a gender equality ‘paradise’ and a role model for the UK because of their generous public sectors (e.g. Esping-Andersen, 2016). Yet, prior research has suggested a welfare state ‘paradox’: while ‘women-friendly’ welfare states achieve high female employment rates, they also frustrate women’s access to male-dominated jobs by increasing discrimination against women and funnelling women into female-typed public-sector positions (Mandel and Semyonov, 2006).

Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity.

Postdoctoral Research Officer

Technological change, globalization, the increasing role of finance, changes in the labour market and weakening redistribution of wealth and the income arising from it, are all factors that contribute to rising inequality.

A team led by Professor Brian Nolan is focussing on four central themes in order to respond to the various drivers of economic inequality and the ways inequality impacts on growth and prosperity.

Female Breadwinner Families in Europe

ESRC Research Fellow - grant no. ES/N00082X/1, PI: Dr Agnese Vitali.

Despite the increase of female-breadwinner families in developed countries, little is known about who these couples are, how and why they emerge, and what trends in female breadwinning mean for women, men and children.

This project aims to answer such questions and in so doing will contribute to the debate on gender, money and the distribution of power between men and women in couples.

Social Policies to Support Women’s Employment and Achieve Gender-Friendly Workplaces

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship - grant no. ES/S010793/1.

This project investigates the relationship between welfare state policies and gender inequalities in employment. Using data from the Luxembourg Income Study, Eurostat, and the OECD Family Database, the research examines women’s share of management positions across advanced economies and the role of social policies in improving women’s access to such jobs through a multilevel analysis.

Publications

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An influential body of work has identified a ‘welfare-state paradox’: work-family policies that bring women into the workforce also …

This paper argues that analyses of the gendered character of welfare states should be broadened to include women’s share of board and …

In analysing heterosexual couples’ work–family arrangements over time and space, the comparative social policy literature has settled …

In analysing heterosexual couples’ work-family arrangements over time and space, the comparative social policy literature has settled …

Media

socialpolicyblog.com, 16 December 2019: While debates on bringing more women onto companies’ boards have raged for many years, they …

southcoastdtp.ac.uk, 4 September 2019: Dr Helen Kowalewska is a Post-doctoral Fellow funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training …

bbc.co.uk, 12 August 2019: Brexit: Caroline Lucas criticised over all-female cabinet plan.

independent.co.uk, 1 May 2019: UK households where women are sole earner significantly poorer than in US and western Europe, research …

workingmums.co.uk, 25 April 2019: Households in the UK where the woman is the sole earner are significantly poorer than those where the …

Teaching

Lecturer for ‘Population Processes in the Developed World’

Second-year module for BSc degrees in geography and population studies. Designed and delivered four lectures and one seminar on gender, fertility, and employment.

Sample lecture

Lecturer for ‘Human Rights, Wellbeing and Politics’

First-year module for various BSc degrees in sociology, social policy, and criminology. Designed and delivered three lectures on new social risks and gender and welfare states.

Sample lecture

Teaching Assistant for the ‘Project/Dissertation’ module

Marked and gave feedback on two final-year undergraduate dissertations in Population and Geography.

Teaching Assistant for ‘Research Communication Skills’

Module for various MSc degrees in social sciences. Marked and gave feedback on student essays.

Teaching Assistant for ‘Introduction to Quantitative Methods’

First-year module for various BSc degrees in social sciences. Delivered computer workshops and tutorials on statistical methods.

Guest Lecturer for ‘Comparing Welfare States’

Third-year module for BSc Sociology and Social Policy. Designed and delivered a lecture on gender and the welfare state.

Demonstrator for ‘Social Problems and Social Policy’

First-year module for various BSc degrees in sociology, social policy, and criminology. Designed and delivered seminars and gave feedback on presentations, essays, and exam scripts.