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Cathérine Müller - Research Fellow

Gender and Sexuality; Health and Nutrition


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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). Through her work, Catherine has also gained experience in qualitative research methods and is highly interested in applying her methodological experience and expertise to gender issues.

For example, she investigated the change of women’s roles during conflict and the role of women in peacebuilding for UN Women and ActionAid/Womankind International, combining extensive literature reviews, statistical analysis, as well as design, implementation and analysis of data from fieldwork in Nepal, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Catherine is currently co-leading and managing a large research project involving qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis on domestic violence in Ghana; and has just successfully finished a similar mixed methods project on VAW in Gaza.

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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Sex Education in the Digital Era

IDS Bulletin 48.1 (2017)

Exploring sex and sexual relationships is an important part of adolescence, and therefore sex education should have a central role in adolescent emotional development as well as dealing with crucial public-health issues. More details

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Is Porn the New Sex Education?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 15 (2016)

Over the past 15 years, internet pornography has become the predominant channel through which young people learn about sex, not just in the developed world, but increasingly in developing countries too. In many developing countries, traditional gatekeepers of sex education, such as governments, religious leaders and parents, still attempt to keep sexuality out of the public sphere. More details

Domestic Violence in Ghana: Incidence, Attitudes, Determinants and Consequences

This study represents a comprehensive attempt to estimate the incidence of domestic violence in Ghana, and analyse the attitudes that sustain domestic violence, its determinants and its consequences. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 47 1A, 'Connecting Perspectives on Women’s Empowerment'.

Connecting Perspectives on Women’s Empowerment

IDS Bulletin 47.1A (2016)

This IDS Bulletin makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women’s opportunities and choices and realise women’s empowerment in a meaningful way. More details


Engaging Men for Effective Activism against Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Policy Briefing 108 (2016)

Men are becoming ever more visible as integral partners in tackling sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), holding themselves, peers and power-holders accountable for maintaining harmful gender norms that perpetuate violence. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Conflict and Security; Gender; Gender Violence; Health; Nutrition; Poverty; Sexuality.

Geographic Expertise:
Colombia; Ghana; India; Liberia; Nepal; Palestinian Territory; Sierra Leone.