Ms Caitlin Schmid

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Currently in my final year as a PhD candidate, I am researching the conceptualisations, operationalisations, and policy uses of gender equality indices. My project is fully funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council with an Advanced Quantitative Methods stipend and supervised by Prof Colette Fagan and Prof Mark Elliot. I am part of the Gender, Work and Care research network and affiliated with the Work and Equalities Institute.

Alongside my doctoral research, I am collaborating on two projects with the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College London – one piloting a UK gender equality index and the other funded by the UN Foundation investigating gender pay gap reporting regimes. I am also a research assistant to Prof Jill Rubery who chairs the Employment Action Group of GM4Women, a project aimed at measuring and promoting gender equality across the local areas of Greater Manchester.

Over the past two years, I have worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Sociology department, teaching on the courses Contested Foundations of Social Thought; Work, Organisation and Society; and Social Class and Inequality in Britain.

Before moving to the UK, I completed my Master's degree in Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies at the University of Amsterdam and was awarded the 2017 National Prize for Best Social Science Master Thesis in Gender and Sexuality Studies by the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Zurich.