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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
 Scoping Review to inform the development of a potential new birth cohort for Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study
 Generation Z
 Consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for children in Ireland and the United Kingdom
 An Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network (ICWBN) to study the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children in Ireland and the United Kingdom
 Social inequalities, parental involvement and schools: Evidence from PISA 2018

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Children's Research Network 2020
Yekaterina Chzhen, Chester Howarth, Gill Main, Deprivation and intra-family conflict: Children as agents in the Family Stress Mode, Journal of Marriage and Family, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen, Leah Prencipe, Frank Eetaama, Paul Luchemba, Tumpe Mnyawami Lukongo, Tia Palermo, and Tanzania Adolescent Cash Plus Evaluation Team􏰤􏰏􏰄 , Impacts of a Cash Plus intervention on gender attitudes among Tanzanian adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Palermo, Tia; Chzhen, Yekaterina; Balvin, Nikola and Kajula, Lusajo, Examining determinants of gender attitudes: evidence among Tanzanian adolescents, BMC Women's Health, 20, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen, Zlata Bruckauf, Household income and sticky floors in children's cognitive development: Evidence from the United Kingdom Millennium Cohort Study, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 10, (3), 2019, p307 - 326, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Anna Gromada, Gwyther Rees, Yekaterina Chzhen, Comparing inequality in adolescents' reading achievement across 37 countries and over time: outcomes versus opportunities, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cash benefits and poverty in single-parent families in, editor(s)Rense Nieuwenhuis and Laurie C. Maldonado , The triple bind of single-parent families, Bristol, Policy Press, 2018, [Jonathan Bradshaw, Antonia Keung and Yekaterina Chzhen], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Chzhen, Yekaterina, Bruckauf, Zlata, Toczydlowska, Emilia, Elgar, Frank J., Moreno-Maldonado, Concepcion, Stevens, Gonneke W.J.M., Sigmundová, Dagmar, Gariépy, Geneviève, Multidimensional Poverty Among Adolescents in 38 Countries: Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) 2013/14 Study, Child Indicators Research, 11, (3), 2018, p729-753 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Chzhen, Yekaterina, Gordon, David, Handa, Sudhanshu, Measuring Multidimensional Child Poverty in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals, Child Indicators Research, 11, (3), 2018, p707-709 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ferrone, Lucia, Chzhen, Yekaterina, How to Reach the Sustainable Development Goal 1.2? Simulating Different Strategies to Reduce Multidimensional Child Poverty in Two Middle-Income Countries, Child Indicators Research, 11, (3), 2018, p711-728 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Chzhen, Yekaterina, Bruckauf, Zlata, Toczydlowska, Emilia, Monitoring progress towards sustainable development: multidimensional child poverty in the European Union, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 26, (2), 2018, p129-150 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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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, 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
Yekaterina Chzhen, Emilia Toczydlowska, Sudhanshu Handa, Child poverty dynamics and income mobility in Europe, Innocenti Working Paper, 2016-16, Florence, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Yekaterina Chzhen and Lucia Ferrone, Child poverty and deprivation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: National multiple overlapping deprivation analysis (N-MODA), Innocenti Working Paper, 2015-02, Florence, 2015, Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Nuffield College Associate Membership 2013
Nuffield College Non-Stipendiary Research Fellowship 2010
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 Full Scholarship (Central European University) 2003
Open Society Foundations Full Scholarship (American University in Bulgaria) 1999
I work on socio-economic inequality across the life course using international comparisons, longitudinal research and quantitative methods. My current research focuses on the relationship between macroeconomic conditions, social policies, intra-household resources and dynamics and children's outcomes in education, health and life satisfaction over time. Going forward, I will study the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated social distancing measures for children and young people, building on my previous research on the impact of the Great Recession on child poverty in rich countries.