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Dr. Yekaterina Chzhen

Assistant Professor (Sociology)


Dr Yekaterina (Kat) Chzhen came to Trinity from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence. She was leading a comparative study on inequalities in childhood in higher income countries (producing one of UNICEF's flagship publications, the Innocenti Report Card). Prior to coming to Innocenti in 2013, Kat spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Quantitative Methods in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow at Nuffield College. She received her PhD in Social Policy from the University of York in 2011. Kat works on poverty and inequality across the life course, focusing on material well-being, education, health and life satisfaction. She specialises in quantitative methods, longitudinal research and cross-country comparative research. She has published in the Journal of European Social Policy, Social Indicators Research, European Journal of Public Health and other international peer-reviewed journals. Kat's work has been covered in the Financial Times, New York Times, the Guardian and other international newspapers. During the 2019/20 academic year, Kat is teaching two research methods modules and one on social stratification and inequality. She tweets from @kat_chzhen. Interested in international collaborations on inequalities income, education and health.
  child well-being   educational inequality   income inequality   POVERTY   SOCIAL POLICY
 GenerationZ - current perspectives on adolescent mental health
 Lessons from the pandemic: Socio-economic inequalities in children' education and mental health
 Understanding family and community vulnerabilities in transition to net zero
 Scoping Review to inform the development of a potential new birth cohort for Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study
 Generation Z

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Member of International Advisory Board for the COORDINATE (COhort cOmmunity Research and Development Infrastructure Network for Access Throughout Europe) H2020 project. 2021
Member of the Scientific and Impact Advisory Board of "Children First: Nordic policies and children's well-being" (University of Turku project, funded by NordForsk) 2024
Management board member, Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC) 2023
Member of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) Child and Adolescent Development Working Group 2023
Co-chair and founding member of the Interdisciplinary Child Wellbeing Network (ICWBN) 2021
Co-chair of the organising committee for the 2022 European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) conference. 2020
Member of the Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) Research Advisory Committee, SVP Ireland 2022
Member of an Expert Working Group of the national Creating Our Future campaign 2021
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European Association for Population Studies 2023
International Sociological Association (ISA), Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility 2021
Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network 2021
Children's Research Network 2020 2021
Nuffield College Associate Membership 2013 2015
Nuffield College Non-Stipendiary Research Fellowship 2011 2013
Data and policies for halving poverty in all its forms in, editor(s)Gaby Umbach and Igor Tkalec , The Elgar Companion to Data and Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals, 2024, [Lucia Ferrone, Yekaterina Chzhen and Alessandro Carraro], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Yekaterina Chzhen and Jonathan Bradshaw, The two-child limit and child poverty in the United Kingdom, International Journal of Social Welfare, 2024, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mengxuan Li and Yekaterina Chzhen, Home learning environment or parenting stress? Examining the links between poverty and child development in Ireland, European Societies, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Yekaterina Chzhen and Julia Leesch, Why does school socio-economic composition matter to adolescents" academic performance? Role of classroom climate and school resources, British Educational Research Journal , 2023, p1 - 21, p1-21 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lucie Middlemiss, Carolyn Snell, Emily Morrison, Yekaterina Chzhen, Tania Carregha, Samanthi Theminimulle, Anne Owen, Gill Main and Kelli Kennedy, Conceptualising socially inclusive environmental policy: a just transition to Net Zero, Journal of Social Policy and Society , 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ryan Gibbons, Stefanie Sprong, Yekaterina Chzhen, Growing Up in the Great Recession: The Effects of Three Dimensions of Economic Well-being on Child Behavioral Difficulties from Ages 3 to 17, Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Stefanie Sprong, Ryan Alberto Gibbons and Yekaterina Chzhen , Divergent trajectories: Three dimensions of child poverty during the Great Recession in Ireland, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 14, (1), 2023, p128 - 137, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Yekaterina Chzhen, Jennifer Symonds, Dympna Devine, JĂșlia Mikolai, Susan Harkness, Seaneen Sloan and Gabriela Martinez Sainz , Learning in a Pandemic: Primary School children's Emotional Engagement with Remote Schooling during the spring 2020 Covid-19 Lockdown in Ireland, Child Indicators Research , 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Yekaterina Chzhen, Chester Howarth, Gill Main, Deprivation and intra-family conflict: Children as agents in the Family Stress Mode, Journal of Marriage and Family, 84, (1), 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Alina Cosma, Andras Kolto, Yekaterina Chzhen, Dorota Kleszczewska, Michal Kalman, Gina Martin, Measurement Invariance of the WHO-5 Well-Being Index: Evidence from 15 European Countries, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Julia Mikolai, Yekaterina Chzhen and Christine Garrington, Covid-19 and children's well-being, 2022, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Gromada, Anna; Rees, Gwyther; Chzhen, Yekaterina, Worlds of Influence: Understanding what shapes child well-being in rich countries, Florence: Italy, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen; Gwyther Rees; Anna Gromada, Are the world's richest countries family friendly? Policy in the OECD and EU, Florence, Unicef Office of Research - Innocenti, 2019, Report, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen, Anna Gromada and Gwyther Rees, An unfair start: Inequality in children's education in rich countries, Florence , UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, 2018, Report, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen, Zlata Bruckauf and Emilia Toczydlowska, Sustainable Development Goal 1.2: Multidimensional child poverty in the European Union, Innocenti Working Paper , 2017-07, Florence , 2017, Report, PUBLISHED
Lisa Hjelm, Lucia Ferrone, Sudhanshu Handa and Yekaterina Chzhen, Comparing Approaches to the Measurement of Multidimensional Child Poverty, Innocenti Working Paper , 2016-19, Florence, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Lucia Ferrone and Yekaterina Chzhen, Child poverty in Armenia: National multiple overlapping deprivation analysis, Innocenti Working Paper, 2016-24, Florence, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Zlata Bruckauf and Yekaterina Chzhen, Education for all? Measuring inequality of educational outcomes among 15-year-olds across 39 industrialised countries, Innocenti Working Paper, 2016-08, 2016, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen, Zlata Bruckauf, Kwok Ng, Daria Pavlova, Torbjorn Torsheim, Margarida Gaspar de Matos, Inequalities in adolescent health and life satisfaction: Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study, Innocenti Working Paper, 2016-09, Florence, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen, Irene Moor, William Pickett, Emilia Toczydlowska, Gonneke Stevens, Family affluence and inequality in adolescent health and life satisfaction: Evidence from the HBSC study 2002-2014, Innocenti Working Paper, 2016-10, Florence, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED


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University of York Teaching Studentship and Overseas Research Students Award 2007
International Master in Social Policy Analysis Full Scholarship (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) 2004
Visiting Scholar (Columbia University) 2004
Open Society Foundations graduate full scholarship (Central European University) 2003
Open Society Foundations undergraduate full scholarship (American University in Bulgaria) 1999