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Cathérine Müller - Research Fellow

As an applied economist, Catherine has acquired extensive skills in the econometric analysis of (large) datasets using quasi-experimental methods (e.g. instrumental variables, difference-in-difference, matching).

As an applied researcher, she has gained an in-depth knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research design and data analysis methodologies in many different country contexts in Europe, Africa, the MENA region, South Asia and Latin America.

Catherine is particularly interested in women's empowerment and gender-based violence related issues, including in conflict and humanitarian settings. She has recently led a mixed methods project on VAW in Gaza; and worked with UNFPA-PS and the Women's Affairs Centre on the issue of protection from GBV in the humanitarian setting of the Gaza Strip. She is also involved in a multi-country project on women's economic empowerment and unpaid care work in Rwanda, Tanzania, India and Nepal.

This pilot study, funded by ILO, IOM, UNICEF and Walk Free Foundation, aims to estimate the extent of child soldiering and forced labour, human trafficking, and modern slavery in contexts of armed conflict in South Sudan, DRC and Nigeria.

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The 27-month 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities.

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This projects aims to study the links between malnutrition and poverty and between maternal and child malnutrition in OIC countries.

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This project, funded through IIED's Urban Humanitarian Crises accountable grant, seeks to explore the relationships between occupation violence and sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) in the Gaza strip within the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

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Providing an in-depth understanding of determinants of domestic violence in Ghana, to strengthen advocacy and advance legal, policy and programmatic interventions aimed at countering domestic violence in Ghana.

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The proposed research attempts to contribute to our knowledge of VAW incidence and prevalence as well as responses, coping strategies and mechanisms of support in the five governorates in Gaza 2015.

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Documenting the role of women in local peacebuilding, conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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This project aims to improve access to security and justice institutions for Women and to strengthen accountability of the security services at the level of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Interior.

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Review existing evidence on the importance of women’s activities in local peace-building processes, and on the impact of policy interventions aimed at supporting the social, economic and political roles that women play in peace-building processes.

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We are working on three projects in India and Nepal using participatory methods to better understand the complex dynamics of slavery and bonded labour and to generate and test community-led solutions.

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This is the front cover to IDS Working paper 500, 'A Trapeze Act: Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work by Women in Nepal'.

A Trapeze Act: Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work by Women in Nepal

IDS Working Paper 500 (2017)

This working paper seeks to examine the relationship between unpaid care work and paid work that women in low-income households in Nepal perform, and whether, and if so how, they are able to maintain a balance between the two. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Working Paper 498, '‘You Cannot Live Without Money’: Balancing Women’s Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work in Rwanda'.

‘You Cannot Live Without Money’: Balancing Women’s Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work in Rwanda

IDS Working Paper 498 (2017)

This paper summarises the findings of mixed-methods research that was carried out in Rwanda as part of the ‘Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work: Successes, Challenges and Lessons for Women’s Economic Empowerment Programmes and Policies’ research project (2015–17). More details

IDS publications on international development research

‘You Cannot Live Without Money’: Women Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work in Rwanda

Following a survey of women in Rwanda about the balance between their paid and unpaid work commitments, this report argues that despite men being encouraged to become more involved in care activities, there is a need for advocacy at the household level about sharing care activities. More details

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Reframing Gender Justice in an Unequal, Volatile World: IDS’ Directions for Future Research on Gender and Sexuality in Development

At a time of major changes in global politics and trends, and major shifts in international development following the establishment of the global Sustainable Development Goals in Agenda 2030, the Gender and Sexuality cluster at the Institute of Development Studies engaged in collaborative discussions and consultations over nine months with partner organisations, networks, external experts and policymakers. More details

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Reframing Gender Justice in an Unequal, Volatile World: IDS’ Directions for Future Research on Gender and Sexuality in Development

We here aim to outline priority directions for future research on gender and sexuality in development, which are needed to advance our understanding of gender and sexuality in an increasingly unequal, polarised and volatile world. More details

A fresh agenda for advancing women’s rights and gender equality

07 Mar 2017
By Sohela Nazneen, Cathérine Müller

Thematic Expertise:
Children and Youth; Conflict Violence and Security; Gender; Gender Violence; Governance; Health; Humanitarian Relief and Development; Migration; Nutrition; Poverty; Reducing Inequalities; Rights; Sexuality.

Geographic Expertise:
Afghanistan; Colombia; Ghana; India; Liberia; Nepal; Pakistan; Palestinian Territory; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Tanzania.