Dr Catherine Mueller

Post:Marie Curie Post-Doctural Researcher (Institute of Development Studies)
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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). 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 gender-based violence and women's empowerment issues. Three of her most recent projects included:

  • Research on the issue of protection from violence against women in the humanitarian settings. This project was carried out out jointly with UNFPA and the Women’s Affairs Center in the Gaza Strip; and built on a quantitative survey and qualitative field work on VAW in Gaza 2015, one year after the military operation in summer 2014.
  • A study on how women’s economic empowerment policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. Data for this project was collected in Nepal, India, Rwanda and Tanzania
  • A national mixed methods project with more than 5,000 women and men in Ghana for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. This project studied prevalence, nature and key drivers of domestic violence in Ghana as well as policies that have been implemented and challenges faced. Aim of the research was to inform the design and targeting of advocacy and policy interventions aimed at reducing domestic violence in Ghana. 

Over the years, Catherine has supported several MA and PhD dissertations on various topics. If you're interested to talk with Catherine about your work, feel free to contact her on c.mueller@ids.ac.uk.


Catherine is Research Fellow in the Gender & Sexuality Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies. She is also Affiliate of the Power and Popular Politics, and the Governance Cluster.