Using social sciences and sense to help identify how education can improve the relationship between economy, health, and society



Doris Hanappi

Switzerland is one of the most educated countries. However, there is significant educational inequality within and between regions of Switzerland. Research shows that socioeconomic inequality in access to education and learning outcomes has increased. I am responsible for operational management in creating a foundation for evidence-based approaches that can reduce educational inequality in Switzerland at the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at University Zürich.

Previous projects include: design of a portfolio of work to help develop the concept and measurement of maternal mortality and morbidity at the World Health Organisation (HQ/Geneva); an impact assessment of socioeconomic factors of fertility and family well-being at the Demography Department, UC Berkeley in collaboration with the Wittgenstein Center (Vienna); the longitudinal analysis of short-term fertility intentions and behavior at Lausanne University’s “National Competence Centre LIVES: Overcoming Vulnerability Across the Life Course”; the evaluation of precarious employment on family planning for the FP7 EU Project FamiliesAndSocieties; a panel study assessing socioeconomic inequality in early careers (ViCaPP/WU Vienna); foundation and program development of the Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching Series at UC Berkeley; teaching assignments at Stanford University, and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (UC Berkeley); health policy and sales-force efficiency evaluations.