Current research

My research focuses on the relationship between welfare state institutions and outcomes for individuals and families, and relates to the fields of comparative social policy and social stratification. In my ongoing theoretical and empirical research I investigate institutional configurations as well as individual positions and resources.


The varied consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for lone parents’ mental health in the United Kingdom

Publication project with Tina Haux (NatCen, UK). Paper presentation at RC19 Annual Conference, 25-27 August 2021, University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

Household structures and economic risks during the COVID-19 pandemic in East and West Germany: Compensation or accumulation? KOMPAKK

Project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs‘ Support network for interdisciplinary social policy research (FIS) 2020-2021 with Anette Fasang (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Emanuela Struffolino (Università degli Studi di Milano). Please visit the project info website here.


Interdisciplinary perspectives on family formation policies

Seed grant project funded by the OX-BER Partnership, together with Mary Daly (Oxford University) 2019-2020. The project hosted an interdisciplinary symposium at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Berlin in November 2019 (Symposium report). Visit the project website here.


Reproduction regimes in Europe: How institutions affect birthing and birth experiences

Publication project with Nadine Reibling (Universität Siegen). Paper presentation at DGS Kongress, 2020.


Single mothers‘ housing conditions in comparative perspective: the role of housing systems

Publication project with Rense Nieuwenhuis (Stockholm University). Collaboration funded by InGRID-2 Visiting Grant, 2018. Paper presented at the spring meeting of DGS Familiensektion, DJI Munich, 2020.


Explaining diverging trends in single mother poverty in Germany, Sweden and the UK

Publication project with Sabine Hübgen (WZB Berlin) and Rense Nieuwenhuis (Stockholm University). Paper presented at ESPAnet 2019 Conference, Stockholm. Under review.



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