Klara is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Radboud University and the SCOOP programme. In her PhD research, Klara investigates the consequences of informal care on career.
“I have always found it interesting to look at forms of inequality within society. I especially like to focus on the questions: 'Where does this inequality come from?' and 'How can we change it?'. Specifically, I find research into gender inequality interesting and wanted to do a PhD on this subject. I was able to combine research into the effects of informal care with research into gender inequality, because women often have more care tasks than men.
In my dissertation, I focus on the consequences of informal care on careers. For example, I look at the consequences for hourly wages, working hours or job satisfaction. For this, I use large-scale survey data. I often see that my research is important in my private environment; I hear many different stories and experiences about combining informal care with work. These stories and experiences are very inspiring to me and show that this is a very important research.
To increase the exposure of my research, I want to use the Stipendium to make short videos about the research and the results, among other things. I think it is important that people see and understand what the effects of informal care can be. I hope to start the conversation about the (negative) effects, after which we can look at how we can improve informal care in the Netherlands and how we can support informal caregivers.