Meet the Cluster Community: Gerlinde Theunissen

1. Why are you interested in the study of inequality?

Because I am interested in why and when people react or object to inequality, and why and when they don't - in a world that is full of inequalities.

2. What are you working on?

I'm looking into how the individual socio-economic context (and thus inequality within the immediate environment of an individual) influences citizens' perceptions, political preferences, and actions in non-OECD countries.

3. Recent highlight?

To be finally able to come back to the Cluster and to have a proper start and end to a working day - and having dinner, a drink or go swimming with other people. 

4. Dream research project?

So many questions that I had to put aside! Many because someone said: "Sure, that would be interesting, but there is not data on it and it will be impossible to collect."

Gerlinde Theunissen is a Doctoral Candidate at the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" and a PhD student at the Graduate School of Decision Sciences (GSDS). Her research interests include the interaction of politics with demographic transitions and economic developments, and between- and within-group inequalities from a subnational perspective.