Helen Kowalewska is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford. As part of the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity, her research looks at the relationship between welfare states and women’s employment position using qualitative and quantitative methods. She has been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) New Investigator Grant to support her research.
In 2018, Helen obtained her PhD in comparative social policy at the University of Southampton. Her thesis examined the gendered dimensions of labour market ‘activation’ policies across advanced economies. Since then, she has held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southampton, looking at the relationship between public policies and women’s access to the very top jobs, and has been a research fellow on the ESRC project, Female Breadwinner Families in Europe.