Nhat An Trinh

Nhat An Trinh

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DPhil Student

Nhat An is a DPhil student and research assistant at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, where she also completed the MSc in Comparative Social Policy. She studied philosophy and economics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Before coming to Oxford she has gained working experience in public sector consulting and think tank research. Her master's thesis "Decreasing inequality, increasing mobility: What is the role of labour market policy in intergenerational earnings mobility?" was awarded with the George Smith Prize for the best thesis in 2016.


Nhat An’s research focuses on social mobility and the transmission of socio-economic inequalities from one generation to the next. She is interested in understanding the role of institutions and the welfare state in shaping absolute and relative mobility processes in European countries. In her thesis, she analyses the effects of labour market policies on the employment trajectories of individuals from different social origins taking a life-course perspective. 

Besides her doctorate, Nhat An is working as research assistant in Erzsébet Bukodi’s project "Social Inequalities in Education" funded by the John Fell OUP Fund. Her further research interests include transitions from school to work, methods of longitudinal analysis and multi-level modeling, theories of justice and the normative underpinnings of social stratification research.